Friday, January 7, 2011

The Roanoke Times Editorial Board has egg on their face

The Roanoke Times Editorial Board has egg on their face. After being bombarded with objections over their endorsement of Republican Greg Habeeb in the 8th District House of Delegates Special Election Tuesday they have now “unendorsed” him. 

Habeeb wonders “why they every endorsed me in the first place.”

The endorsement (CLICK HERE) left people scratching their heads as the RTEB is known for its liberal stance. Comments mostly said they should not have endorsed either the Democrat Ginger Mumpower or Republican Greg Habeeb.

Lowell Feld on Blue Virginia gave them a piece of his mind – CLICK HERE. and HERE.

The original printed endorsement mentioned nothing about Habeeb’s promise to not sign a  “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” so we just have to take them at their word.  (See who the Americans for Tax Reform are below)

However, without actually being there to hear the interview banter one wonders if the RTEB members got Habeeb’s response correct. Perhaps they should record these political interviews so citizens can be assured of what was said. It is their opinion after all and their bias which they don’t attempt to hide.

I’m sure the supporters of Democratic candidate Ginger Mumpower would like to hear the interview of their candidate as well.

The Roanoke Times Editorial Board has railed on the need for transparency in government. Maybe they should take their own advice and publish a recording of the interviews. The candidate could even review their notes agreeing that indeed (signing) that was what they actually said and meant – accurate and untwisted.

(See Habeeb campaign press release on signing the pledge at the bottom.)


Who are the Americans for Tax Reform?

From their website: Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle.

We believe in a system in which taxes are simpler, flatter, more visible, and lower than they are today. The government’s power to control one’s life derives from its power to tax. We believe that power should be minimized.

 ATR was founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist at the request of President Reagan.  

The State Taxpayer Protection Pledge reads: “I _____ pledge to the taxpayers of the __________ district, of the state of __________, and to all the people of this state, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.” 

ATR is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) lobbying organization. Contributions to Americans for Tax Reform are not tax deductible. The Americans for Tax Reform Foundation is a 501c(3) research and educational organization. All contributions to the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided for in federal law.


Habeeb announces support of Americans for Tax Reform, signs taxpayer protection pledge

SALEM – In a statement released from headquarters today, Greg Habeeb, the Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, announced he has signed a taxpayer protection pledge and has the support of Americans for Tax Reform.

“I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes,” said Habeeb. “We need to keep our taxes low, get our economy growing again and keep the burden off Virginia families. I am proud to have the support of the ATR and look forward to working with them in the future.”

“Virginia taxpayers need leaders, committed to fiscal responsibility and pro-growth economic policies,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.  “By signing the Pledge, Greg demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers in the 8th district and around the Commonwealth.”

To date, twenty-seven members of the Virginia legislature have signed the Pledge.  Additionally, 14 governors and over 1,200 state legislators across the country have signed the Pledge.

“While on Radford City council, our opponent raised or created taxes on real estate, food, and utilities,” said Chris Godbey, campaign manager. “At a Salem Rotary meeting Thursday, she admitted she would vote to raise the gas tax after her first year in office. The families of Salem and Roanoke County cannot afford tax increases during these tough economic times.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Commentary, Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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Comments (6)


January 7th, 2011 at 11:12 PM    

I know you and Habeeb are good buddies, Val, but don’t you think it’s beginning to look like his double-speak is the problem. ABC privatization, the Willis White endorsement, and now the no-tax pledge? He had a reputation for talking out of both sides of his mouth before the election even began.

You can buy the “everyone’s out to get Habeeb” conspiracy theory if you want, but you’ve been around politics long enough to recognize a political snake when you see one. You don’t want to be had on your own blog, do you?


January 8th, 2011 at 12:02 AM    

HELLO, DJ: I’m not the one who endorsed Habeeb. Hello, anybody in there?

The RTEB has turned into the story and not the candidates.

According to a Roanoke Rotary Club attendee Thursday where both candidates spoke Ginger Mumpower was disappointed in the questions the RTEB asked her at her interview.

I speak to both candidates.


January 8th, 2011 at 2:07 AM    

The RTEB should stop endorsing and publish the answers to the questions they ask. Let voters make up their minds from the candidate’s responses.


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susan hall

January 8th, 2011 at 12:18 PM    

Shocked Ginger is running at all with the issues going on in her life. BUT, don’t live in the District … can’t vote for either candidate … it’s up to those who do.


January 8th, 2011 at 12:32 PM    

Same thing can be said of Habeeb. To think he calls himself a family man, shameful.

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