Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Senator Brandon Bell launches campaign to “fire” his opponent

Sen. Brandon Bell holds letter from Sen. Ralph Smith sent to his wife.

“Jobs, jobs and more jobs,” said Senator Brandon Bell who announced the formal kickoff of his campaign at Information Products on Apperson Drive Tuesday. Sen. Bell running as an independent is challenging Republican Senator Ralph Smith for the seat in the redrawn 19th district.

He sent Sen. Smith a “simple message … you’re fired!”

Sen. Bell and Sen. Smith are no strangers. They faced each other in a Republican primary for the now “missing” 22nd senate seat in 2007. Sen. Smith won that race but Bell doesn’t think that is going to happen again. He is looking for organizations to invite them for a debate.

If that happens one would be wise to grab a “ringside seat” to that slugfest.

“Most everyone agrees that we are long overdue for a private sector focused job creation plan … the weak recovery we have seen has been based on federal government stimulus,” said Sen. Bell.

Sen. Bell took Smith to task for moving all over the region just to keep his job while so many have lost their jobs. “The only job he seems to be worried about is his own … he is a multi-millionaire and doesn’t have to worry about a full-time job,” he said.

Sen. Bell held up a letter his wife, Debbie received from Sen. Smith that touted the 10 of 14 bills pasted in the 2011 session that became law.

Bell blasted Smith for failing to introduce even one bill that created a job. “Unlike my opponent, I have a plan to create jobs,” he said. He admitted it wouldn’t be easy but promised it would be his number one priority and that he would spend all the time it took “to effect real change.”

Sen. Bell at Information Products

First he would “waive state and local taxes for new businesses for the first three years they are operating.” He contends that by eliminating the tax burden small business ventures would blossom.

“It will make it easier for entrepreneurs to take the risk,” said Bell.

Second he would lower the state corporate income tax from 6% percent to 3% percent for three years if they locate a new branch or department in rural communities. Historical rural areas are forgotten in Richmond and Bell said he planned to change that.

The third step would be integrating higher education into international economic development plans. Sen. Bell as a board member of the Radford University Board of Visitors sees colleges and universities as the backbone to succeeding in the new information age.

He would push for increased funding to public schools and community colleges in a effort to expand technical programs. He pointed to the long-term unemployed needing to acquire new skills to reenter the workforce.

With federal budget cuts on the horizon he sees warning signs. “Ralph Smith has no plan to address the jobs crisis in Southwest Virginia and no plan to deal with the coming downsizing of the Federal government … he has not offered a single solution,” said Bell.

Sen. Bell concluded that Sen. Smith “is one state employee we can afford to let go.” Send him a message and tell him – “You’re fired.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Jack Mcguire

September 7th, 2011 at 8:30 AM    

Bell can hem and haw all day long but he is gonna get stomped in the election.


September 7th, 2011 at 9:31 AM    

So Jack, what has Ralph Smith accomplished with regards to jobs and economic development? Or do you, like Smith, believe this is a frivolous and irrelevant issue??


September 7th, 2011 at 10:02 AM    

Ralph Smith may or may not be a multi-millionaire, I really don’t know. However, as Brandon Bell is the owner of Bell Wealth Management, isn’t that what he tries to accomplish for his clients–making them millionaires? Now Brandon is criticizing someone for having wealth. This is typical of Bell’s flip-flopping nature.

And if Smith is financially secure, that provides him with all the more time to serve his constituents. I’ll go with the public servant anytime over a self-serving flip-flopper!

Bubba Greene

September 28th, 2011 at 7:34 AM    

Objection: Bell is not a senator NOW. And, I’d say he apparently getting FAT but donno about wealthy. Smith is a solidly successful small business operator. He also was a pretty good mayor and has not been too bad of a senator.


September 30th, 2011 at 1:23 AM    

Smith is hiding in the bushes on Bent mountain in Roanoke county….been by his cabin up in the woods, someone needs to cut the grass…hey if Smith is so rich, and claims to create so many jobs…why doesn’t he hire someone to manicure his little mansion up in the hills? Oh yea, where is his mail box and the trash can? I believe his neighbor is using his trash can, can’t say that I blame him, threre is plenty of room in it, because Ralph doesn’t seem to have much trash these past 4 to 5 months…the local PO has never delivered any mail to Ralph on bent mt….wondering????

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