Recently, several letters to the editor, along with expanded commentary in Blue Louisa raised the subject of how a majority of voters in Louisa County continue to vote their tribal allegiances, regardless of the material facts. And this election certainly validated those observations, since the all the state level Republican candidate’s totals were remarkably consistent.
With less than 200 votes separating each of them, as were all of the state Democratic candidates. A pattern that was repeated throughout the Central Virginia region; with Republican House of Delegate candidates, Frietas (30th), Orrock (54th), Fowler (55th), Bell (58th), and Farris (59th) all wining by similar margins.
Meanwhile, the voters throughout the rest of the state sent the Republican Party a resounding message by electing Democrats to the State’s top three offices, and reducing their control of the House from a near supermajority (66 seats) down to — depending on the outcome of several recounts, a 50/50 margin.
The loss of this many seats in a single election should be an indication that the people of Virginia are tired of their extreme and “divisive rhetoric” — and that such barely concealed bigotry and hatred will not be tolerated anymore. Bringing us to the only Republican “victories” in Louisa County where John McGuire and Duane Adams who were also elected by similar percentages.
A peculiar set of circumstances which the James Bond villain in “Goldfinger,” characterized as “once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and three times is enemy action.” These two decepti-con’s were elected largely on the strength of their public relations campaigns and avoidance of discussing the issues in any meaningful manner, coupled with their supporter’s willingness to suspend their own critical thinking skills.
The good news is that they can no longer hide behind these smokescreens, and will now have to run on the strength of their records, and in McGuire’s case, his deficits will become readily apparent during his first term in the House of Delegates. Where a lack of accomplishments — like introducing bills which are sound public policy — followed by a willingness to follow his counterparts down the rabbit hole as they assuage their wounded pride and loss of power by doubling down on the stupid like their counterparts in Congress.
Whereas Duane’s tenure in office will be marked by a string of disappointments, unable to implement even simple changes, like making the Board meetings more accessible to the public by holding them in different locations. Just like his vague pledge to work in “partnership” with cooperatives in bringing high speed internet into the County.
And its how an astroturfed candidate backed by the American's for Prosperity wing of his Party operates, with false promises that deliver little — other than AFP’s and a host of others outside entities agendas. Fortunately, with the election of Bob Babyok, his and the other radicals on the Board plans will be balanced by prudence and common sense.
Now all that remains to be seen is which way the remaining “get along to go alongs” on the Board of Supervisors decide to go.
Editor’s Note: This letter has been re-posted with the author's permission, and appeared in the Central Virginian's November 16th issue, and is only available online to paying subscribers or here.