To put it mildly, I'm not a big fan of Prince William County board Chair Corey Stewart. Why not? I refer you to Exhibit A, also know as the series of "9500 Liberty" videos, in which Stewart does his best imitation of a raging, rabid, xenophobic demagogue. Now, Stewart is taking his bashing of "illegals," as he so charmingly calls hard-working immigrants here to make a better life for their families, statewide. Or is he? You certainly wouldn't guess it from his interview on WAMU's The Politics Hour this past Friday, in which he pretends to be a "moderate," but in the end descends into self contradiction and, ultimately, utter, laughably absurd incoherence. Here are few "highlights" from his debacle of an interview.
*Stewart claims his priorities are "transportation, transportation, transportation," that Virginia has "kicked this can down the road far too long," and that it's a "dire situation" we are facing. So, having diagnosed the problem, what's Stewart going to do about it? Got me. For starters, he proceeds to dismiss Bob McDonnell's transportation plan as "not going to go anywhere." Huh? So what better idea(s) does Stewart have? Well, let's see, he opposes raising taxes - gas tax, sales tax, etc. - so forget any new revenues. And without any new revenues, aren't we just continuing to kick that proverbial can down the metaphorical (certainly not physical) road? Sure seems like it to me. In sum, this is a total, nonsensical, incoherent #FAIL by Corey Stewart.
*Perhaps recognizing his utter #FAIL on transportation, Stewart then reaches for some potential revenues by possibly eliminating some of the many tax loopholes (aka, billions of dollars per year in corporate welfare we absurdly dole out) in the Virginia tax code. Except, one problem: Stewart refuses to name any, claiming it might "get myself in trouble." Well, now, ain't THAT a profile in courage and leadership? LOL
*Stewart ties himself in knots trying to explain why Virginia "will vote Republican this November." Stewart's main "argument," using the word VERY loosely, is the so-called "rule" that Virginia always votes opposite for governor as the party in the White House. Of course, as I explained the other day, this "rule" has absolutely no basis, statistical or any other way, in fact. It's just as moronic as the pundits who claimed that President Obama couldn't win reelection because "no president since FDR had ever been reelected with higher than 8% unemployment." Whatever. Anyway, it's not a serious argument in any way, shape, or form.
As usual, Corey Stewart makes absolutely no sense, except that he demonstrates how he's an utterly Machiavellian, principle-less politician who will say and do anything for his own political advantage. In sum, Corey Stewart is exactly what the vast majority of Americans say they do NOT want in their leaders. No wonder why he endorsed Felix Macacawitz, they're two peas in a pod!
Check this out, and discover why "Corey just isn't ready for prime time." Oh, and don't forget to do whatever you can to elect Dr. Babur Lateef to replace Prince William County's Xenophobe in Chief. For many, many reasons, including the one Ben Tribbett discusses on his blog, Corey Stewart badly needs to go away.
UPDATE: The Urban Dictionary has a couple definitions of "Corey" which are appropriate for this discussion, if not for a family audience. Ha.
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!
Just when you think Prince William County Board Chair Corey Stewart can't get any nastier or more incompetent, he somehow manages to do so. The latest?
Apparently, despite Stewart's frequent bragging about Prince William County's $44 million budget surplus, Mr. Tough Guy won't part with a few thousand dollars in order to keep 100+ flood victims (including children) -- residents of the county that Stewart ostensibly "leads" - from being booted out onto the streets at the end of this week. Check this out.
Dozens of Virginia flood victims are worried that Prince William County will leave them high and dry.
More than 150 residents evacuated from Holly Acres mobile home park due to Tropical Storm Lee-related flooding last week are homeless, their mobile homes condemned. On Friday, the county-run shelter that's housed them the past few days will close.
"Unfortunately, we cannot use that county facility later than next Friday and we have to lay down a very clear message that people have to go out and they have to find new homes, and we will try to help them, but as of Friday, that option will no longer be available," Stewart said.
Wow, can we say "completely heartless" or what?!? I mean, the whole "rule of law" anti-immigrant thing was bad enough, but at least in that case, Stewart could (implausibly) argue that his raging xenophobia was REALLY all about cracking down on "illegality." Yeah, I know that's utterly ridiculous, and that it really was about bashing Latinos in order to win an election, but at least Stewart had some sort of excuse in that case, however lame.
But how on earth can Stewart justify, in any way/shape/form, being utterly callous to citizens of Prince William County who did absolutely nothing wrong, but who happened to be poor and in the path of flood waters as a result of Tropical Storm Lee?!? It's truly astounding. In addition, Stewart appears to be completely ignorant of the law, specifically with regard to how to procure disaster relief money for one's county. Either he's clueless, or he's just engaging in his usual political posturing -- while real people are hurting, not that he cares.
With all that in mind, on the "flip" is the text of Rep. Gerry Connolly's letter to Stewart regarding this absurd situation and how it might be resolved by Stewart and also by Bob McDonnell. Sadly, it probably won't be, given what we know about Stewart and McDonnell, but at least they now have the facts and an explanation of how the law works in front of them, thanks to Rep. Connolly. It's so pathetic, though, that it had to come to this...
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!
Every election season, there are some races that are like eating your peas – you do them as a duty, going through the motions. And then there are the races you feel in your bones – the ones you think about day and night, because you know the outcome really matters.
This election season, if you do nothing else, then at least work to defeat Prince William County Board Chair Corey Stewart. Stewart has many strikes against him, but the proverbial last straw for me came in a recent article in the WaPo Local Living section about Washington area governments’ greening efforts. Most local officials bragged for the article about what they were doing to make their buildings, vehicles and infrastructure more sustainable. And then there’s Corey.
But not all local officials share the same commitment to green and sustainable living.
“I’m totally focused on the nuts and bolts of local government — building schools, building parks, improving the quality of life — and not on some scientifically challenged political philosophy that . . . invests tactical resources in global warming concerns,” said Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. “It just is not, for me, the priority that should be the focus of local government.”
How gratuitous and spiteful can an elected official be? Asked about a topic that most people consider innocuous at worst, essential at best, Corey takes the opportunity to peddle conspiracy theories that the vast majority of the world’s climate scientists are “scientifically challenged”? To quote another intellectually-challenged Republican, Corey – “You’re fired!”
[Corey] Stewart said he was surprised at the opposition from Cuccinelli's office.
"I'm very disappointed. I run into a lot of opposition in fighting illegal immigration and almost all of that opposition comes from either pro-amnesty and the Washington Post and other liberals. I certainly didn't expect this attack from the back by Cuccinelli," Stewart said.
Something tells me I'm going to need to put on another batch of popcorn! :)
Earlier today, I was forwarded a copy of an analysis by the Virginia Attorney General's Office on Prince William County's anti-"illegal immigrant," so-called "Rule of Law" resolution. What I expected to see was a bunch of "absolutely correct" and "brilliant legal reasoning!" from our right-wing nutjob Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli. Instead, what Cooch's office issued was the exact opposite - a blistering critique that essentially rips PW County chair Corey Stewart and Company's "Rule of Law" resolution to shreds.
See here for a side-by-side matrix that quotes on the left from Corey Stewart's "Rule of Law" resolution, and states on the right what Cooch's office thinks of it. I asked a smart Virginia Democratic attorney friend of mine what he thought, and here's what he wrote:
Basically, the OAG analysis systematically and methodically tears to shreds what Stewart is proposing--for different kinds of reasons. Sometimes, the OAG tears it to shreds because the powers it is trying to grant already exist under Virginia or Federal law. (As a substantive policy matter, the fact that the powers already exist may not be a good thing, but OAG is pointing out that Stewart is so dumb he didn't realize these powers already exist.)
Sometimes, the OAG tears it because the powers it is trying to grant risk being struck down as violations of the U.S. Constitution. (Again, making Stewart look dumb for sponsoring something that raises such problems.)
So, my take is that Cooch views Stewart as a political rival whom he doesn't want to see grow any more in stature, and so Cooch is using his OAG office to kneecap Stewart.
The United Farm Workers union is calling the bluff of all those immigrant-hating Tea Partyers, including such Republican officials as Arizona Governor Janice Brewer, and Corey Stewart of the Prince William County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors, who claim illegal (that is, undocumented) immigrants are "stealing jobs" from American citizens. As reported by CNN the union has launched a campaign called "Take Our Jobs," posting an online application for Americans who want to work on a farm at www.takeourjobs.org. The US Department of Agriculture says there are nearly 1 million farm workers in the United States, and the Migrant Farm Worker Justice Project says 85 percent of these are immigrants, with up to 70 percent undocumented. The union is offering their jobs to Americans.
Congratulations to filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler for the well-deserved Twitter "thumbs up" from Roger Ebert - arguably, the best film critic in America. If you're not familiar with the story told in the film, check out the synopsis here. Better yet, watch the movie if you possibly can, as it powerfully depicts Corey Stewart et al. turning Prince William County into "ground zero in America's explosive battle over immigration policy." With immigration continuing to be a hot issue nationally, as well as here in Virginia (see today's Washington Post editorial blasting Corey Stewart's "intolerance" and "disdain for facts"), "9500 Liberty" will likely remain highly relevant - and instructive - for years to come.
Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart was on the wingnuts' favorite network, Faux, earlier this week, and as usual, the network - and its guest - were factually...er, "challenged." In other words, they lied. To wit:
[C]o-host Steve Doocy and guest Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County, Virginia, board of supervisors, falsely claimed that the county's controversial immigration law reduced violent crime and has never been altered. In fact, Prince William County's violent crime rates actually increased in 2009; the law was modified in 2008 to avoid legal challenges; and a University of Virginia study of the law shows that it has not led to a reduction in crime.
Other than that, the interview was spot-on accurate! Heh. The real question is, why does anyone watch Faux News ("unfair and unbalanced," "we distort, you deride") other than for perverse entertainment value?
By the way, is Corey Stewart running for statewide office here in Virginia on an immigrant-bashing platform or what?!?
UPDATE: Another error -- Corey Stewart wasn't the one who came up with this law, "credit" for that should go to these guys. Corey's role was to push this throught, but FAIR actually wrote the law.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but...thanks to Republican Prince William County supervisors Corey Stewart and Martin Nohe. Why, you ask? Check this out.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors agreed to join a regional compact Tuesday that calls for jurisdictions in the Washington area to work collectively to solve problems and better the region by 2050.
The document the board endorsed, the Region Forward report of the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition, outlines nine goals for the region to achieve within 40 years. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments approved the report in January, and Prince William is the 17th of the 21 jurisdictions in the council to endorse it.
Among other things, the Greater Washington 2050 Compact calls for "preservation and enhancement of our Region's open space, green space, and wildlife preserves;" "a transportation system that maximizes community connectivity and walkability, and minimizes ecological harm;" "a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions;" and "healthy communities with greater access to quality health care and a focus on wellness and prevention."
Good stuff, my only problems with this are: 1) it's not legally binding; and 2) as the compact itself acknowledges, "Many of the goals...are only realizable because of state legislative actions that are already accomplished or may be enacted in the future." Good luck getting "state legislative actions" in support of this otherwise excellent document from the Flat Earth House of Delegates (Bill Howell et al.) or from Pat Robertson's Manchurian Candidate (Bob McDonnell). Other than that, I'm very happy to see this compact, and even happier to see Republican-led Prince William County signing on (along with Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax City, Fairfax County. Falls Church, Loudoun, and Manassas Park)!
Our failure to act responsible at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," the president said at a naturalization ceremony for members of the military.
In fact, I've instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation. But if we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country.
He added, "As a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future - a future that keeps faith with our history, with our heritage, and with the hope that America has always inspired in the hearts of people all over the world."
I wrote on Monday about comments that Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, made comparing the Obama administration to that of the Nazi's.
Today, Stewart responded to his deeply offensive remarks by claiming that he didn't "intend" to compare the Obama administration to the Nazi's. Stewart went on to say, "Oh, that's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. Absolutely not." He then said that he would continue to offer similar remarks.
Of course, he said all of this is a "typical liberal reaction."
I don't know what's worse: the fact that he claims that he didn't draw the comparison or that he defiantly insists that he will continue to use this sort of language.
I thought that Stewart would try to claim that he was taken out of context, so that is why I posted the entire video. Stewart was clearly trying to fan the passions of the crowd with this comparison. This was a common theme throughout the program. There is no doubt in my mind that he knew what he was saying. No doubt.
This Saturday, my Blue Virginia colleague Marc Broklawski attended a Tea Party rally in front of the Stafford County, Virginia courthouse. As Marc writes, "One of their featured speakers was Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. This is the same person that recently sent a letter to Ken Cuccinelli thanking him for his frivolous health care reform lawsuit." Stewart is also well known as a rabid xenophobe, the author of the notorious "rule of law" resolution in Prince William County that was the basis for the film, 9500 Liberty.
Now, Stewart has gone even further off the demagogic deep end. I'll let Marc Broklawski take it from here.
With all the crazy things that Stewart has said or done in the past, nothing prepared me for what I witnessed this past Saturday from him. There were many things he said that were non-factual and completely offensive, but his comparison of the Obama administration to that of the Nazi regime was outrageous (fast forward to the 5:25 mark).
For Stewart to even suggest that this administration is anything like that of the Nazi's is way over-the-line, irresponsible and deeply offensive. How the chairman of the second largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia could make this despicable statement is beyond me?!
Wow, even for Corey Stewart - notorious xenophoboe and thug - this is really bad.
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