{Local (Loudoun County, VA) Post}

It was ceaselessly amazing to watch the audacity of those who endeavor to label themselves “Conservative” at the LCRC meeting the other day.  Most especially those who would welcome Scott York’s “return to the GOP fold” as the Leesburg Today put it.

Why?  Great question.  Most striking of the whole evening was the contrast between two approaches to keeping the love of the LCRC.  In the first corner we have David Ramadan.  Now, notwithstanding the protests outside which sought to bring into question his religious and political affiliations, Ramadan parried those criticisms with two very simple assertions:

1) He’s pro-life, pro-gun, and supports traditional marriage.

OK, though one could easily argue that this by no means QUALIFIES anyone to be considered a conservative, it apparently has really been the only thing required by the GOP to be considered a Conservative.  Thus, thunderous applause.  Pay no attention to the fact that maybe 10% of the decisions that are made by a State delegate have anything to do with any of these issues, we’ll just grant that what some consider simply prerequisites and be willing to ask more questions, others (unfortunately many in the GOP) might simply consider full-blown qualifications

2) He has worked hard, volunteered, and promoted every Republican candidate he could over the last 10 years.

So regardless of the lack of real depth from a “what I believe” standpoint, he’s loyal.  OK…Great. I get it.  He’s loyal.  He worked hard to keep in office our current 10th District Congressman, who was responsible for one of the most blatant assaults on private property rights to ever hit the eastern seaboard (see Journey Through Hallowed Ground).  He also worked hard to elect one of the most Progressive Republican candidates to be graced with the GOP Nomination for President since Teddy Roosevelt.  That’s OK.  “It’s either him or the other guy, and the other guy is BAD NEWS.”

Yep. OK. We get it.  Maybe not an extremely principled Conservative, but a DIE-HARD LOYAL Republican.  Great. Super.

But then comes Scott York, who gets up and manages, with a straight face, to say something along the lines of: “The Good Lord put eyes in the front of our head for good reason, and that’s so we can see what’s ahead and not focus on what’s behind.”

There was actually an “Amen” from the crowd on that.  After his speech, thunderous applause, and apparent (and vocal) support from the most Conservative Supervisor on the Loudoun Board.

So…OK.  WHAT? Scott York spent years supporting every greenie, big Government, crazy initiative that has come across the pike.  He endorsed some of the most eco-fascist candidates (successfully) for Supervisor that Loudoun has ever seen.  He basically has only discovered anything near Conservative bonafides once he realized that the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, the LCRC, the property rights community, taxpayer activists, and the new tea-party types were ALL going to oppose the Chesapeake Bay fiasco.  Thus, he had to bail on the PEC, thus…back to being a Republican.

That calculation is simple for a Scott York to make.  He made it about a year ago.  And over the last year, he has made Supervisor Delgaudio happy by seconding some motions and even making some motions that might be considered “cutting spending”, he’s not backing the same eco-fascists he did last time, and he’s back to toting the GOP line…for a solid 12 months or so out of a 20 year career.

Scott York has proven nothing in the way of Conservative principles.  Even if he says (I’m sure he has) that he is pro-life, pro-gun and a supporter of traditional marriage, that 10% of daily decision making at the State level drops to about 1% at the County level

Has Scott York been willing, in his 16 years on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, to stand up and tell the School system “NO” to inflated budgets…or has he toted the School Superintendent’s line at the budget hearings?

Has he actually fought to represent the taxpayers in keeping the budget in line?  Or did he simply pose for pictures when inflated Real Estate gave him the opportunity to lower the rate, and then tripe about “average tax bill” when the crash “forced” him to raise the rate to one of the highest in the Commonwealth?

Has he stood up and DEMANDED serious cuts from the Loudoun County budget to reflect increased unemployment in the private sector?  Or has he flaunted the illogical view that NOT laying off people from the public sector (by keeping the burden on the private sector high) somehow HELPS the economy of Loudoun?

Scott York NEITHER has shown anything close to Conservative Principles in his entire elected career, NOR has he shown ANY loyalty to the Republican Party except in circumstances which would further HIS political career.

The dirty little truth is that the Loudoun GOP only cares about one thing:  is there an “R” beside the next Chariman’s name.  They’re desperate for that.  None of the people they wanted to run were running so they’ve jumped on the York bandwagon, and many feel that it’s too late to turn back.  As a result they’ve made the one person who has expressed a desire to run County-wide as an actual Republican (Steve Stockman), and not a RWIC (Republican When It’s Convenient) out to be some shady member of the “Black Brigade” and many have been trying to act like he was “recruited” (neither of these are true). Further, they argue that he’s been away too long (he was an elected County Supervisor in the 80s and 90s), and thus is not in touch with what’s going on.  So…that whole thing about getting business people involved…people who are willing to make a living in the private sector and run because they  want to serve, not because they’re career politicians…that’s just something you’re SUPPOSED to say.  You don’t really mean it?

I’m not sure whether Stockman is a loyal enough Republican for LCRC tastes (we’re not loyal Republicans, so we can’t talk), and there are a lot of questions for him to answer about his approach to the budget and his limited-Government bonafides.  But as far as “devils that you know” it’s evident that Scott York has spent the last 16 years looking out for Scott York and has no discernible track record to run as a Conservative, and a long and quite obvious track record to show his lack of loyalty to the Republican Party.

So LCRC…you have a choice: Principles or Loyalty.  On both counts, Scott York gets an F.  What’s the other guy get?  Don’t know.  Why don’t you actually respect the primary process and ask him. It’s not too late.  What’s the worst that can happen?

It seems their hypocrisy knows…no bounds.
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