Grover Norquist Endorses Susan Stimpson in Bid to Defeat Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell
Today, ATR president Grover Norquist released a statement endorsing Susan Stimpson in her bid to defeat Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell in House District 28.
"In signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Susan Stimpson has demonstrated that she understands the problems of hardworking taxpayers in Virginia. Her written commitment to Virginia voters helps differentiate her candidacy from that of her opponent, Speaker Bill Howell."
"Speaker Howell is a serial tax-hiker. Ever since he took the helm as the top ranking Republican in Richmond in 2003, Howell has been a major force behind every major tax hike in Virginia.
Under Democrat Governor Mark Warner in 2004, Bill Howell could have prevented a $615 million tax hike. Instead, he convinced Republicans who opposed the tax to take a hike, allowing the vote to proceed and eventually be signed into law."
As PolitiFact Virginia noted, "The bill survived a hostile House committee because Howell persuaded four conservative allies to skip the vote. "
Norquist continued, "The Speaker was even more involved in tax hikes in 2007 under Democrat Governor Tim Kaine. Howell sponsored legislation that raised taxes and fees by $500 million and authorized regional tax hikes amounting to more than $600 million annually. The Supreme Court struck down the regional tax hikes as unconstitutional.
Speaker Howell’s involvement in both of these tax hikes allowed Kaine and Warner to run for U.S. Senate campaigning as moderates who could work across the aisle with Republicans. Thanks largely to Bill Howell, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are now U.S. Senators.
Bill Howell wasn’t done. In 2013, Howell sponsored the largest tax hike in Virginia history. He raised the sales tax, property taxes, hotel taxes, hybrid vehicle taxes, and the gas tax all for special spending projects like light rail in Northern Virginia."
The 2013 vote on Speaker Howell's transportation tax hike, House Bill 2313, cost two powerful 20-year incumbents their seats that year. Americans for Tax Reform was proud to support Dave LaRock in particular, in his primary challenge to House Transportation Chair Joe May.
Norquist concluded, "Howell embodies the type of politician who raises taxes instead of reforming government. For more than a decade, he has caved to special interests by raising taxes instead of using a Republican majority to benefit Virginia taxpayers and small businesses with a pro-growth and limited government agenda.
That is why I am proud to endorse Susan Stimpson in her bid to defeat Bill Howell in Virginia House District 28."
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I AM a taxpayer in Virginia. I am also a person whose family used to be close to the Stimpson's. We have known her personally, professionally and casually for over twenty years. Our children grew up together. We have also known her better than anyone else, including her family, period! ...until she began taking advantage of each of us, and all of us as a whole, and throwing everyone under the bus. (Don't even think of asking for THOSE details. You can read about them when they're published...like the rest of the Virginia taxpayers.)
Yet, surprise! It was all tied to her political aspirations. Talk about loyalty? I don't trust her to be loyal to, as you refer to us ubiquitously, Virginia taxpayers.
Regardless, I came to this site to read opinions, not a legalistic approach to forcing commenters to prove Susan Stimpson's worth or worthlessness.
Shame on you for making such a baffoonery of the ATR site & effort, including your representation of Mr. Norquist!
Your comments & retort are paramount to the very troll behaviour you ascribe to commenters of a differing position than your own. And, your remarks are nothing short of juvenile jackassery "in forum." If you [collectively] ever wonder why the participation numbers in online discussions at ATR are as low as they are, remember your rants & tantrums herein. Sad. Just sad. I would suggest that PR is not a good career choice for you. But, I'm sure I already know what response I would get...
As for me, I have been an ardent supporter of ATR & Mr. Norquist, even to the extent of recommending the same for my friends, colleagues & casual acquaintances. However, if this is the kind of behaviour & language Grover Norquist condones, I can promise you/him that it will become past tense. Trust ME on that!
Otherwise, I AM a conservative & registered republican. I lead many lower-tax efforts, vote regularly, pay taxes & endorse only people who a) are trustworthy, b) are loyal to their constituency, friends & advocates, c) have legitimate experience & d) have a provable record of successes.
Mrs. Stimpson fails each of those benchmarks...with flying [dull] colors!
Considering that neither you nor Mr. Norquist have endured Susan Stimpson's public "service" and will also not be voting in June, an ounce of respect for those of us who have painfully survived her "reign" (we are also Stafford residents), and will be voting in June, would reap great rewards for you, et alia.
Have a good day, sir. And, remember Iran-Contra or any of the foreign policy failures of the current administration. Because "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" is a very, VERY bad way to choose political bedfellows...
A Stimpson Victim