Bearing Drift – The Richmond Screwjob: How Corey Stewart (Almost) Sold His Endorsement for $85,000

From Bearing Drift

After Stewart had given Snyder’s team the endorsement, a funny thing happened. Patrick Lee (check your cell phones) marched up to the Snyder press box and made an additional demand… of $85,000 cash to cover Corey Stewart’s campaign expenses.

Snyder staffers were baffled. Hadn’t Corey Stewart already given his word? Patrick Lee repeated the demand, saying that Stewart staff had not been paid up and so forth.

Snyder staffers did the right thing — they said the endorsement was already given and they expected Stewart to keep their word.

What happened next could only be described as the “Richmond Screwjob” as Patrick Lee ran from the Snyder box shouting “No deal! Stewart did *not* endorse Snyder!!”

Willie Deutsch – Prince William Activists Agree: Corey Stewart is Not a Tea Party Candidate

From Willie Deutsch
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Throughout the summer of 2012 extensive time was spent on Virginia Virtucon, and the Sheriff of Nottingham discussing the corruption and tax hikes of the the Prince William Co. Board of Supervisors. While Corey Stewart is not directly responsible for the culture of corruption that existed on the Prince William Co. Board, he certainly allowed it to happen, and did nothing about it until Peter Candland forced him to address the issue in 2012.

In many respects, Corey has been a solid Chairman. He has helped grow the county, and increase public safety. Because of the fact that he has been a very good chairman, many of the activists in Prince William Co. haven’t felt the need or desire to go after him. Plenty of information is publicly available, if any activists or campaigns were interested in researching his record.

When the Va Tea Party Federation announced that they were endorsing Corey Stewart, conservatives in Prince William County were astonished. Corey Stewart has been known for a pragmatic governing style, eyeing how he can move up the ladder, and being well funded by developers in the county. Until yesterday, Tea Party had never been used as a descriptor for Corey Stewart in Republican circles.

The response by conservatives was swift.

Tito Munoz quickly excoriated Corey Stewart in a well researched piece for caring more about helping his developer friends than private property rights:

Corey Stewart used all the power and authority of the local government and led the Board of County Supervisors in violating the rights of the Holly Acres community.

Throughout the ordeal, residents were displaced from their homes and many individuals had their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights violated. Corey Stewart should have defended their rights, but instead he proved he does not stand in defense of the constitutional rights for all citizens — and therefore Stewart is unfit to serve as our candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Voters need to inform themselves as to who Corey Stewart really is. Uninformed voters are a problem for the preservation of true liberty in America.

Greg Leticeq wrote a very balanced post that detailed the corruption of the board and fishy tax and spend policies of Corey Stewart which he finished with:

There are legitimate reasons to support Corey Stewart for Lieutenant Governor — crime has decreased, we made some strong progress in discouraging illegal aliens from unlawfully residing in the county, and the tax and spending problems we have could have been considerably worse under a different chairman. Stewart brings a proven fund-raiser to the statewide ticket as well, which is a positive for the ticket. I’d still feel a lot more comfortable about a campaign from him that didn’t depend on twisting the realities we face in the county and ignoring some of the corrupt government practices we still haven’t been able to put an end to.

If we’re talking about core Tea Party concerns like lower taxes, smaller government and adherence to the Constitution I can’t see why in the world anyone would think Corey Stewart is the standard-bearer on those issues. He might not be the worst in that regard, but he certainly isn’t the best by any objective measure. Any endorsement by the Virginia Tea Party Patriots going forward has become utterly meaningless, and they have done themselves considerable harm to their reputation in doing this.

Many conservatives were wondering how someone with Stewart’s record could get the Tea Party endorsement. That answer became clear when Nancy Schiffman, the head of the Tea Party Patriots group in Prince William Co. sent out an email detailing the process used by the organization.

Dear PWCTPP Delegate:

The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation completed a vetting of the candidates for LT. Governor and Attorney General on Saturday, April 27, 2013. After getting feedback from participants, we believe the process was flawed. It didn’t take into account the candidate’s voting records or public records of those candidates that had not held office. It focused on unlikely scenarios, and asked candidates who were their favorite philosopher and economist. It did not address issues.

Therefore, the Prince William Tea Party Patriots does not support the vetting process. We will not endorse any candidate for Lt. Governor or Attorney General recommended by the Federation. Please feel free to vote your conscious at the Republican Convention on May 18, 2013.

Nancy Schiffman
Chairwoman, PWCTPP for the Board of Directors

Apparently they didn’t press candidates on their records, something the VA Tea Party has confirmed. Josh Huffman, a longtime Tea Party leader and Ron Paul supporter has a very pointed critique of the process.

Here’s the thing, as Chris Beer points out, conservatives in PWC know Corey and aren’t supporting him for very specific reasons. That should have made Tea Party leaders pause.

Corey has talked a very conservative game on nearly every issue, and from what I’ve been told, none of the Powers That Be in the statewide Federation were from Prince William County or have a history with Corey past this particular candidacy. The truth remains that most conservatives in Prince William County are supporting Scott Lingamfelter and the Ron Paulers in the county, from what I understand, are backing Susan Stimpson.

I could go through the list of conservative leaders in the county, most of them are supporting Lingamfelter, the rest are supporting Stimpson, and barely anyone is supporting Corey. The Tea Party Federation should have listened to them, and examined Corey’s record if they wanted to be taken seriously.

Seemingly, what decided the issue for some Tea Party leaders was the electability issue. While Corey had an impressive win in 2011, arguing that that will translate statewide is a bit of a misnomer. While Corey is a great campaigner, he has also been blessed with weak opponents and an incredibly ineffective Prince William Democrat Party.

There are two things that will make it very challenging for Corey Stewart to win state wide. The first issue is the Hispanic factor. There are Hispanics people in Northern Virginia who don’t want to be Republicans because of Corey Stewart. While we need to be tough on immigration, Corey’s almost anti-Hispanic attitude has driven many Hispanics in Northern Virginia away from the Republican party. The racial fire that Corey Stewart will come under state wide will make Macaca look like nothing. Before Stewart has the ability to define himself, the media and the DPVA will be portraying him as an anti-hispanic/immigrant person, and the race will be up hill from there. While I agree with many of the things Stewart has done, the tone and rhetoric he used to accomplish them, makes it very challenging for him to win a statewide general election.

The other issue that will impact his electability is the situations the Democrats are going to be tracking him in. I won’t be specific, but most people who know Corey know his propensity to be in situations that are embarrassing at best. The Democrats know it, and already have a plan to aggressively exploit those situations.

After Bolling correctly sided with the Republicans on organizing the State Senate, the Democrats are determined to take back the Lieutenant Governor’s office. Nominating someone with glaring flaws for the general election does not help us. If the Tea Party Federation had strong concerns with all the other candidates, they would have been better off endorsing nobody then endorsing Corey Stewart.

One parting thought… Isn’t the idea that a central group of people can deliver 1,000 unweighted delegate votes to whoever they support antithetical to the tea party?

Willie Deutsch – Corey Stewart Continues to Skirt the Law in Upcoming Jackson Attacks

From Willie Deutsch

In March we had two waves of anonymous attacks on Scott Lingamfelter followed by some anonymous attacks on Snyder which Jim Riley rather convincingly tied to Stewart. The beginning of this month two sets of mailers went out under the name of a defunct group named Virginians for Limited Government, attacking many of the candidates and promoting Stewart. In this situation it was obvious who the mailers were from, and the anonymous attacks continued. Breitbart ran an article highlighting the highly questionable legality of the Virginians for Limited Government attack pieces.

Now, this is something important to remember, the only people with original access to the addresses, phone numbers, and emails of convention delegates are the campaigns. So any third party groups contacting convention delegates got their list from a campaign.

Over the weekend, Stewart’s newest line of attack was revealed. He sees E.W. Jackson as a threat, and has been trying to get people to attack E.W. based on his past bankruptcies.

As I started researching the Stewart campaigns effort to discredit Jackson based on his financial history, I discovered something even more disturbing. Multiple sources confirmed to me that over the weekend Corey Stewart personally contacted third party groups offering to pay the $12,000.00 if they would send out a $10,000.00 mailer to the convention delegates attacking E.W. for his financial history. While I am told, that Stewart was turned down by some, I am also told he eventually found someone who agreed. If you find an anonymous mailer in your mailbox right before the convention, or even after the convention, if the mailer gets stuck in the mail, you will know who it is from.

While I both trust my sources, and generally hate anonymous blog commenters, I find it interesting that while I was working on verifying sources for this article, an anonymous commenter named, TheGipper, started posting essentially the same story on multiple blogs.

I won’t attempt to be a state campaign law expert, but it sure seems like what Corey has been doing with the anonymous videos/calls, the VLG mailer, and the Jackson attack line is skirting the law. Virginia’s campaign finance system is built on unlimited money but absolute transparency in disclosing expenditures and donors. When organizations and campaigns are working hard to conceal donors and expenditures, it sure seems like they are undermining the purpose and premise of the state’s campaign finance system.

Virginia Virtucon – Board of Elections Confirms Complaints Against Stewart Alleging Campaign Law Violations; VLG Treasurer Resigns

From Virginia Virtucon –

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Things just progressed to a whole new level here. The Virginia State Board of Elections has confirmed receipt of at least two complaints filed against the campaign of LG hopeful Corey Stewart alleging violations of state campaign finance laws. (Here’s a recap of what we know so far.) The allegations stem from connections between the Stewart campaign and a group calling itself Virginians for Limited Government.

Virtucon has received late word that VLG’s treasurer resigned effective May 14 upon completing the organization’s tax returns. From accounts we have gathered, he sought to resign upon seeing the mailings that the organization was sending out (as he apparently was not part of the decision-making process), but stayed to complete the tax filings.

With these filed complaints, a loss on Saturday at the RPV convention may not be the last we’ve heard of the Stewart for Lt. Governor campaign.

Sheriff of Nottingham PWC – Stewart’s Macaca Moment

From PWC’s Sheriff of Nottingham

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PWC Chairman Corey Stewart had, as in past tense, “HAD” a legitimate shot at being the GOP nominee for Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The only thing that stood between him and the brass ring on the Merry-Go-Round was himself. But politicians frequently make mistakes that cannot be undone, cannot be spun even by the best spinmeisters, and cannot be forgiven for the colossal stupidity of the mistake made.

The story unfolded while Stewart was being questioned during a public meeting with delegates. It was not that Mr. Stewart was ambushed, or hit with a question that was so obscure or uninteresting as to evoke an uninformed or mistakenly spontaneous response from Mr. Stewart.

On the contrary, the topic has been buzzing about so Mr. Stewart obviously had thought about the question — and about the best answer for it.

Given the response, The Sheriff knows how strange that sounds that this would be the best the Stewart brain trust could come up with — but it is true.

You can click on the link below to read the entire Breitbart Article on the questioning:

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON STEWART’S MACACA MOMENT

Here is the operative portions of the Q&A session:

Nordvig Question: “Do you agree with these ads and did you have any connection to them whatsoever for the record?”

Corey Stewart Answer: “Am I connected? Yes. I have donated money to that organization.”

Nordvig Question. “At least a couple of these candidates fought against these budget increases, specifically Steve Martin… The information on the flyer is not correct so this information is misleading. Will you do the right thing and publicly condemn these ads as false?”

Corey Stewart Answer: “No, I’m not going to do it. I play hardball. This is politics.”

Corey, that answer puts you in the running to be the next IRS Commissioner in the Obama Administration, or Director of the Department of Justice division overseeing wiretaps on the media, not to be the next Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“I play hardball. This is politics.”
So no matter how untrue, how unfair, how goofy the allegation, it is all good because this is just politics. And politics is all about playing hardball.

Well, Corey, read the account in Virginia Virtucon.

But don’t worry, this is politics. This is hardball.

It may well be that the bought-off Tea Party group who endorsed Stewart can still pull him through the Convention. Conventions are very strange beasts to deal with and to understand.

But the task of saving Corey Stewart was made infinitely more difficult by Corey Stewart himself.

And you can hear his lapdog staff whispering in his ear, patting him on the back, and giving him one atta-boy after another. “That was great Cory. Way to go!”

The Stewart campaign recognized the drag of this issue among delegates, and provided an email this evening that attempted to color the verbal fohpah with rhetorical bullying.

Here is an excerpt:
“Virginians for Limited Government, (VLG) a conservative 501(c)(4) organization which has supported multiple conservative causes in Virginia, recently sent out mailers highlighting my record of cutting spending and taxes. These newspapers have insinuated that because I have supported conservative groups like VLG in the past means that I have therefore coordinated with them. That is not how the law operates, since “coordination” refers to coordinating expenditures, not fundraising.”
Mr. Stewart is leaping around on the head of a needle with this argument.

He seems to be arguing there is a legal distinction between him giving OR raising money for Virginians for Limited Government (VLG) — money that was used to fund attack pieces against his opponents –and that money being used to fund the attack mailers, and as the Chairman points out, the “mailers highlighting my record of cutting spending and taxes.”

To borrow Mr. Stewart’s own words from his email missive: “This is hogwash.”

The Chairman just laid down the proverbial gauntlet with this pledge:
“These attacks will not discourage me from storming into Richmond and winning the nomination at the convention on Saturday.”
The more likely scenario will be that Mr. Hardball himself will be sitting in the Chairman’s seat behind the Mahogany Wall at the McCoart next Tuesday ready to lash out at any and all of his perceived enemies. That is politics. That is hardball.

Virginia Conservative – Corey Stewart and the Truth

From – http://virginiaconservative.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/corey-stewart-the-truth/

the answer, … stems, not from desire to spread the truth, but from his (ie Corey Stewart’s) political ambitions. Is this quality of flexible morality something you desire of someone who seeks to lead us in Richmond?

Virginia Conservative hits the nail on the head!

Chairman Stewart will do and say anything to get elected. He was first elected as a smart growth Supervisor but once he found out that the developers were big campaign contributors he abandoned his original philosophy and now does their bidding.

He’s twisted his tax record trying to conform it to a ‘conservative’ perspective. He’s done the same with crime statistics, cherry picking what he wants to highlight and disregarding facts that don’t fit into his paradigm. I expect to a certain degree that is fair game in the political arena but shame on the public if they are duped by his spiel.

The Prince William delegation knows Stewart and aren’t voting for him. I hope delegates outside Prince William aren’t duped by his “persona”!

Virginia Right! – TEA Party Federation Needs to Rescind Their Corey Stewart Endorsement

From – http://www.varight.com/news/virginia-right-calls-on-the-tea-party-federation-needs-to-rescind-their-corey-stewart-endorsement/

I have already posted on the fact that I cannot support Corey Stewart for Lt. Governor and now I call on the TEA Party Federation to rescind their endorsement.

The letter below shows the same thing my research turned up about Stewart and the reason that, in spite of the endorsement by the TEA Party Federation – a process that I was a part of – Conservatives should find another candidate to support.

Corey Stewart has far too much baggage and is not Conservative. I believe the TEA Party Federation was punked by the fake.

Virginia Virtucon – Martin Defends Himself, Blasts Corey Stewart’s Record on Taxes

From http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/sen-steve-martin-defends-himself-blasts-corey-stewarts-record-on-taxes/

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Prince William record shows tax increases, which he supported. His claim of net tax cuts is based on a decline in property values.

This gets to an important issue. Let’s say that your home value goes down from one year to the next and your county board changes the tax rate so you pay the same amount in taxes in both years. Percentage-wise, wouldn’t that mean your taxes went up? After all, you are paying the same amount in taxes on something that is not worth what it was before.

Think of it this way. You buy something for $10 and pay 5% sales tax on it, which comes to 50 cents. Now let’s say that same something is on sale for $5 and you buy another one and with 5% sales tax you pay 25 cents in taxes. If you were to pay 50 cents in taxes on both, the sales tax on the second item would jump from 5% to 10%. Then they say that because you paid $10.50 for the first item (5% sales tax) and $5.50 for the second item that was on sale (10% sales tax) that you got a tax cut when in fact your taxes went up and in reality you only paid less because the value of the item itself went down.

The Derecho – A Reminder For Corey, Revisionist History Doesn’t Work Well In The Digital Age

From http://thederecho.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-reminder-for-corey-revisionist.html

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I’m sure many of you get multiple copies of Corey’s e-mail blasts that are part and parcel of his soon to be failed quest for the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor. As is usually the case when it comes to Corey, those e-mail blasts frequently contain information or statements that are, to put it politely, intellectually dishonest. His latest e-mail blast takes that to another level.