Scott Rigell donated to Brother O’s campaign, supported the Porkulus Bill, and took $444,500 in taxpayer subsidies through the Cash for Clunkers fiasco for his automobile dealership.
Rigell said he “had no ethical problem” taking taxpayer money even when other dealers lost their lively hoods through partisan Chicago-style politics. During the GM/Chrysler takeover, Brother O kept dealerships afloat that had contributed to Democrats and closed dealerships that had contributed to Republicans. The closure list showed “an extremely high correlation between dealers closing and congressional districts BHO lost”
The Republican Party does not need any more treasonous Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist-type RINOs to beat an incumbent Democrat. It’s time for Republicans to offer Virginia voters a real conservative as a stark contrast to the statist Glenn Nye in November.
Rigell is a politics-as-usual, GOP establishment faux conservative who will betray his Republican constituency for the chance to wear the bipartisan moniker and appear in photo opts with progressive Democrats.
“In November Republicans will aim at the Democrats, but for now their only expression is against the Republican establishment, and that’s who Rigell is. He gave money to Obama, he gave money to Mark Warner, and Louise Lucas, who is a Democrat state senator down there.”— Tom Davis, former Republican Congressman from Virginia’s 11th district
The Virginia primary is June 8. Send the RINOs a message.
By Michelle Oddis
Scott Rigell, running as the favorite of the GOP establishment in the Republican primary in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, donated $1,000 to Barack Obama, according to opensecrets.com, a research group that tracks money in politics.
“Rigell was one of the highest Obama donors in the zip code,” Scott Taylor told HUMAN EVENTS. Taylor, a former Navy SEAL and local business owner, is also running in the Republican primary.
Taylor, whose campaign slogan is “Send a SEAL not a RINO,” said Rigell “didn’t even vote in the Republican primary, and then gave $1,000 to Barack Obama on March 10,” 2008.
“In November Republicans will aim at the Democrats, but for now their only expression is against the Republican establishment, and that’s who Rigell is,” said former Rep. Tom Davis (R.-Va.). “He gave money to Obama, he gave money to Mark Warner, and Louise Lucas, who is a Democrat state senator down there.”
On a local blog, Rigell responded by saying that, “The only alternative on the Democratic side was Senator Obama. Yes, I was moved by his rhetoric and by the prospect of seeing a minority rise to the highest office in our land. If we were to end up with a Democrat President I wanted that person to be Obama, not Clinton; I was not indifferent to the two possible outcomes.”
Rigell also supported the economic stimulus and through the Cash for Clunkers program received $444,500 from the U.S. taxpayers to benefit his automobile dealership. When asked about accepting the money, Rigell said, ” I had no ethical problem whatsoever.”
Across the country Republican voters, many led by the Tea Party movement, are letting Washington know that they are feed up with their GOP establishment candidates. Last week, 18-year Republican incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett from Utah lost his seat at a state convention when Tea Party favorite Mike Lee and a businessman named Tim Bridgewater won the right to duke it out in June 22 primary.
Taylor faces an up hill battle in raising money for the campaign. Rigell is topping his rivals in fundraising, although most of his money is coming from his own pocket.
“I believe you need people out there that are servant leaders, not the other way around, and who are not beholden to other folks. Rigell has endorsements that are based on his contributions to their campaign, it’s all status quo,” said Taylor.
Taylor has been endorsed by Rep. Dan Burton (R.-Ind), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R.-Calif.) and Rep. Trent Franks (R.-Ariz.), two mayors and a councilman within the district, and two Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
Scott Taylor appeared several times on Fox News supporting the SEALs charged with failing to safeguard and abusing terrorist Iraqi detainee Ahmed Hashim Abed. All three SEALs have since been exonerated.
“I’m doing this for a servant leadership position, I don’t see it as a career position, I am adamantly opposed to what is going on in this nation, I want to get us back to path of prosperity,” Taylor said. “We need leaders up there that have backbone, who can fight against healthcare reform issues, but also address costs. We also need someone who understands that we are the finest fighting force and we are committed to winning as much as our troops are.”
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Miss Oddis is Assistant Managing Editor at HUMAN EVENTS. Before working with Human Events she was a researcher for syndicated columnist and author Robert Novak. Ms. Oddis has appeared on FOX News Hannity and Colmes, and The O’Reilly Factor. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request to follow her on Twitter. Or find her Facebook fan page here.