At the 23rd annual candidates' night dinner of the New Dominion PAC ("The Voice for Arab Americans in Virginia)" last night in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova strongly endorsed Dr. Babur Lateef for Prince William County Board Chair. Lateef is running against the notorious xenophobe Corey Stewart, who unsurprisingly blew off this important Arab-American event last night.
A few points by Sharon Bulova about Dr. Lateef: 1) He's very impressive and personable, a "really good guy" (I strongly second this - he really is!); 2) He believes very strongly in education; 3) He has been an impressive fundraiser; 4) He will be an "absolutely magnificent chairman" of the PW County Board of Supervisors; 5) He will "represent all of the people, and will celebrate enhance the diversity in Prince William County, and that's something that doesn't happen sufficiently now and will under his chairmanship."
In his remarks, Dr. Lateef noted that Fairfax County is the largest county in Virginia and Prince William County is the second largest, so this is a great endorsement. He gave shoutouts to Del. Mark Sickles, Sen. Toddy Puller and Democratic candidate Jack Dobbyn. Why is he running? He quoted Teddy Roosevelt that "America will be a great place for each of us to live in, if we make it a great place for ALL of us to live in." Today, Lateef pointed out, that isn't the case in PW County. Instead, Corey Stewart pushed through a law that "said if you look illegal the police can stop you and ask for proof of citizenship; this is where the Arizona law started." Lateef added that, in stark contrast, he stands for the values of "equality and tolerance." As a physician, he says his first priority is to "do no harm" (Corey Stewart, of course, has done a great deal of harm). He also pointed out that he's a small business owner, has kids in the public schools, and is a proud Democrat who's not going to "duck and run" when we're attacked. Finally, he spoke movingly about the importance of immigration (of the self-selected "best and the brightest") to America. If all that doesn't get you fired up for Dr. Babur Lateef for Prince William County Board chair, I'm not sure what will. Go Lateef!
P.S. By the way, I'm hearing that there's turmoil in Corey Stewart's campaign, as his campaign manager reportedly quit in dissatisfaction and hasn't been replaced. Heckuva job Corey Stewart!
Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart is best known for his war on people who look different than him undocumented immigrants. But he's making a bid to be known for something new: Guy who says crazy stuff to defend his campaign donor!
The Nats were recently forced to cancel a doubleheader at Pfitzner Stadium due to lousy field conditions after storms damaged newly-installed grass:
“The Washington Nationals would never consider asking our players, or those of our opponents, to play on a field that we believe represents a safety threat,” Rizzo said. “The Nationals have repeatedly requested that dangerous field conditions be addressed under the supervision of Major League Baseball.
“Recent unsupervised work has resulted in a field that is even more dangerous. We regret any inconvenience this may cause to fans of the Potomac Nationals, but we know they join us in wanting only the best for our players.”
But wait! Potomac Nationals owner Art Silber has donated $12,500 to Corey Stewart personally & has channeled $25,000 to Stewart through the team, oddly making the team Stewart's 2nd-largest donor. So Stewart, his voice reportedly "shaking" with anger, personally attacked Rizzo:
In the race for Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Dr. Babur Lateef (D) continues to run an impressive campaign, racking up some impressive fundraising numbers compared to incumbent Corey Stewart (R) this past quarter. Following on the $150,000 Lateef raised in 1Q11, Lateef brought in $80,084 in 2Q11, or nearly $9,000 higher than Stewart's $71,781. That's impressive, and definitely not a good sign for any incumbent (in contrast, Barack Obama is outraising his Republican rivals by enormous margins).
Also good news: Lateef is fundraising from a long list of donors (over 200), most of whom gave in the $100-$500 range. That bodes well for the future of his campaign, and also indicates that Lateef is not beholden to anyone but the people of Prince William County. Which, of course, is exactly what we want in our elected officials.
In contrast, Stewart largest source of funding appears to come from big developers -- the same industry that played such a large role in getting us into the economic mess we're in now -- like Preston Miller of Caruthers Properties LLC in Arlington (note: Caruthers Properties is also a big donor to 31st Senate district Democratic candidate Barbara Favola). As always, follow the money trail to see where a politician's priorities lie. In this case, it's pretty clear, and it's not with the people of Prince William County.
Finally, it's interesting to note that Stewart is spending money like there's no tomorrow, $59,000 out of the $71,000 he raised this quarter. That even includes a $4,600 payment to himself! It's fascinating to know that Corey's making sure to take care of himself, even as the people of his county are hurting, in part because of Stewart's divisive policies which have contributed to the economic problems facing his county. Heckuva job, Corey, keep it up!
I'm glad to see indications that Democrats are unifying around the party's nominee, Babur Lateef, to take on raging xenophobe Corey Stewart for Prince William County Board Chair!
Chap Petersen Endorses Babur Lateef for Chairman
Woodbridge, VA --- Today Dr. Babur Lateef, Democratic candidate for Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced that his campaign has received the endorsement of State Senator Chap Petersen. Senator Petersen has served in the State Senate since 2007 and served in the House of Delegates from 2001 to 2005.
"I'm proud to endorse Babur Lateef for Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Having met Babur and heard his vision for Prince William, I am convinced he is the type of young and energetic leader that will unite the County and move it forward in a business-friendly way. Babur is focused on Prince William and its citizens, not higher office. He will be a citizen-lawmaker in the best Virginia tradition" Senator Petersen said.
Upon receiving Petersen's endorsement Dr. Lateef noted that he was humbled by the support. "Senator Petersen is a role model for Democratic candidates and for elected officials. I believe Senator Petersen represents a new era of Democratic politics in the Commonwealth and his energy and focus as a candidate is unparalleled. I am humbled by his support and I look forward to working together as partners to bring a new vision to the Northern Virginia region."
Senator Petersen joins Congressman Jim Moran and others in endorsing Lateef's candidacy for Prince William County Chairman. Lateef, an eye surgeon from Woodbridge, quickly established himself as an energetic challenger to current Chairman Corey Stewart, whose naked ambition for higher office has proven to be a disservice to Prince William County's more than 400,000 residents. Dr. Lateef was the top Democratic fundraiser in the state in the first quarter, raising over $150,000 in just 71 days.
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