I received some very disturbing news over the last few days regarding your changed position on the upcoming Metro Rail vote. Let me begin by saying, I am very disappointed. Those for whom I have been in contact are extremely disappointed. The list of the disappointed is large, and growing by the hour to include the entire LCRC leadership team ,a majority of LCRC members, our new 10th District Chairman, and most conservative activist drawing breath in Loudoun County.
The evolution of your position in favor of Metro to Loudoun is in no way keeping with your proclaimed fiscal conservatism, and is an abandonment of the core principles for which you were elected. Changing your position based on the false pretense that Scott York and his coalition of developers and business interests can provide for Metro to Loudoun with no new taxes for YOUR district or any other such plan, is both an economic and political mistake.
I watched the entire Dulles Rail Work session of June 06 the other day via archived webcast. The premise that the county can move forward voting yes to Metro under some loosely agreed upon framework developed after the vote to opt-in is simply not acceptable. No conservative in their right mind would sign onto a project with the issue of financing being left to future non binding discussions, not to mention how MWAA and WMATA will effect that process. This is a formula for disaster. This is much the same process that was used to formulate what we now know as ObamaCare.
It would appear that some of your colleagues on the board are working in concert with a lobbyist paid for by a local developer in an attempt to promise and cajole you into voting yes for Metro. First, their promises of no tax increase for YOUR district can not be delivered. As you know, this board can not bind the next board from doing whatever they want in the way of a tax increases for Metro, or anything else for that matter. Secondly, and I hope you realize, these same developers and their allies will throw you under the bus the second another candidate from either party comes along that better suits their needs at the time. They did not get you elected, your base did. They did not do the hard work to move you into this important position, the LCRC and its coalitions did. Our current Attorney General, and conservative leader Ken Cuccinelli provided the support and political capitol that elevated your campaign. The conservative activists in Loudoun did the grass roots work to advance your cause. The same conservative and party activists who are not at all happy with your change in direction.
Further, let me add that I have great concern about the ability of some of your colleagues to understand and manage this process. Supervisor Letourneau for instance, can’t seem to discern the difference between a public in-put session and a ballot referendum. These are the architects of the process being promised you. This should concern all given the nature and the weight of the issue at hand. We are talking about taking on obligations in the Billions of dollars, for as far as the eye can see. This is the biggest issue to be before this Board of Supervisors for some time..
There are three conservative political leaders very much in the news since the Obama administration was foisted upon the American people, Virginia’s Attorney General and our mutual friend Ken Cuccinelli, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. These three men have in their DNA traits the American people are yearning for, core political beliefs shared by a majority of Americans coupled with an inner strength that provides them the ability to do the right thing in the face of heavy opposition or criticism. These are principled men who don’t waffle, don’t trade away core convictions for political expediency, and most important have a deep belief that what they are doing is right for the American people.
I don’t know Rep. Ryan or Gov Walker, although I admire both men. General Cuccinelli is a friend, and I suggest a mentor to both of us. I admire Ken immensely. It is my want that Ken be elected our next Governor, and I am dedicated to helping make that happen. If we as conservatives are going to be the ones to rescue the nation, our work must start at home, our efforts must begin in our counties , towns, cities, and states. In order to make that happen, those principled leaders such as Ken Cuccinelli need to be provided the opportunities to exhibit the leadership America craves, wants and needs. This means providing support for that person and their stated positions that embody our mutual beliefs. We can not cut the legs out from under our leaders by going along with policies we know to be wrong, simply because political pressure becomes too much to bare. The future pain will far exceed that presently being felt.
I want you to review THIS video as a reminder that our Attorney General had very high hopes for you as an elected official. Pay very close attention to his opening remarks in that he captures all I have been trying to convey to you here, but in a far more elegant manner.