Category: Flaccavento

Why Griffith Cares So Little About His Constituents (Hint: Follow the Money)

A recent letter in the Roanoke Times proclaimed “Griffith Represents Kock Brothers.” Easy enough to check, so I surfed over to www.opensecrets.org and confirmed that Griffith received $6,000 from Koch Industries in 2017-2018.

Check the total received and you see that Koch has contributed $41,000 to his four campaigns, a tidy sum, but trailing Alpha Natural Resources, who through the company, their PAC (political action committee), and wealthy individuals, contributed over $61,000. Alpha is a coal producing company, so if you’re wondering why Griffith supports coal so aggressively, well, there it is.None of this was really that surprising. However, when I surfed down to the total source of funds, I saw the chart below. This shows that only $15,083, or 3.8% of contributions to Griffith come from small individual donors. The rest comes from PACs, and large individual contributors, which are typically employees of large supporting organizations and PACs. 

For perspective, when Republican Devin Nunes published the Republican memo regarding Trump and Russia, his Democratic challenger received over $100,000 of contributions, with most coming from small contributors. That’s over six times the amount Griffith has collected in two days.

So if you’re wondering why Griffith spends so much time working for coal, oil, and gas companies, and so little time proposing legislation that helps his constituents, now you know.  He serves for those who fund his campaigns.

If you want to remove Griffith, you’re going to have to support his challengers, with your contributions, with your energy, and ultimately with your votes.

Here’s the website for Anthony Flaccavento – Flacc4Congress.com
Here’s the website for Justin Santopietro – Justin4VA.com

Griffith Toes The Republican Party Line in Thoughtless Memo-Gate Blog Post – Is Anyone Surprised?

by Fayma Nye

Morgan Griffith’s blog post regarding Memo-Gate demonstrates his thoughtless regurgitation of whatever position the Republican Party directs him to try to cram down our throats. Entitled, Rogue Individuals at FBI Tilted the Scales of Justice, Griffith’s tagline sets the tone for yet another attempt by the majority party to create evidence of a grievous offense where none exists. The “evidence” offered and intended to “prove” the claim of “rogue individuals” and “political purposes” does exactly the opposite.

Read through to the last paragraph of the memo, and it contradicts its own assertions by stating (correctly) that Papadopoulos’ drunken bragging to an Australian diplomat about information the Russians had on Hillary Clinton is what triggered the Russia investigation. The diplomat contacted the FBI, and that, along with other evidence, convinced numerous attorneys and the judges on the FISA court that surveillance was, indeed, warranted.

Here’s what NPR had to say. “But what this line in the memo reveals is that the investigation was initially triggered not by the Steele dossier but by information about the activities of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.”

The Memo Doesn’t Dispute Collusion

It’s also interesting to note that the memo doesn’t address, in any way, whether any collusion existed between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump and his minions have denied collusion from the start, but evidence of a clear connection have emerged as multiple Trump officials, including Popoadopulous and Michael Flynn have pled guilty to lying to the FBI about this very issue. It’s a thinly-veiled and frankly pathetic attempt to divert the Mueller investigation away from pursuing this critical issue that threatens to undermine our democracy (see Time Magazine, Donald Trump’s Lies Are Fatally Wounding Our Democracy).

Overall, the Republicans have become confident that their supporters will believe anything if they repeat it often enough, and Morgan Griffith’s comments are an example of this. Did he even read the memo through to the end? In his eagerness to “pile on” and revel in the sanctimonious glory of staking a claim on the moral high ground, he couldn’t take the time to read for himself the entire three and one-half pages.

Rather than prove their premise, the Republicans have shown, instead, that they have built an entire case on their lie that the FISA surveillance permit was granted based on the Christopher Steele dossier, which it was not.

Did Trump collude with the Russians? We still don’t know, and nothing about Memo-Gate offers proof one way or another. Sound far-fetched? Well, we absolutely do know that Trump’s son and son-in-law met with Russians claiming to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton, a meeting that Stephen Bannon (of all people), labeled treasonous. We know that Trump wrote a false memo on behalf of his son claiming that the meeting related to “a program about the adoption of Russian children.”

What Memo-Gate does prove is that Griffith and his Republican cohorts care more about protecting Trump than they do about the existential issue of whether the current president of the United States colluded with one or our principal enemies to get there. We in the VA9th deserve better.

Don’t be gullible. Make up your own mind. My mind is clear that if you simply substitute the words “Republican party” for “FBI” in the tagline, it reads true.

Read Griffith’s entire post here: Griffith: Rogue Individuals at FBI Tilted the Scales of Justice.

Read House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence memo and fact-checking comments here.

Flaccavento’s Rural Progressive Platform Highlighted in Yes Magazine Article

Many voters in the VA9th support Anthony Flaccavento because he has a realistic vision for how rural areas can pull themselves up by the bootstraps, not through food stamps and welfare, but through targeted investment. Flaccavento formalized his plans into the Rural Progressive Platform, upon which his candidacy is largely based. In a recent article, Why Rural America Isn’t a Lost Cause for Progressive Ideas, Yes! Magazine recognized the platform as a dynamic program that’s being adopted by candidates in other states like Pennsylvania and New York.

Describing the program, Yes! details, “The platform outlines a framework for progressive values within a rural context through the lens of three central elements: land, livelihood and community. It provides progressive policy examples that cater to each of those elements, including increased investment in sustainable farming, ending policies that undermine organized labor, and expansion of rural health clinics and addiction treatment centers.”

Largely based upon the platform, the article relates that rural politicians around the country are “buying into a new way of campaigning…talking about raising the minimum wage, universal health care, debt-free college and investing in local assets, like natural landscapes and small business development, instead of industrial recruitment.”

What have the Republicans offered to date? Tax cuts for the rich, and the busted promise of trickle-down economics. In the article, Flaccavento disagrees, stating, “Trickle-down economics has been a disaster for most rural places, and we need a bottom-up alternative,” which is a common refrain in his campaign speeches. On his website, Flaccavento further elaborates. “Forty years of cutting tax rates for the wealthiest people and the biggest corporations has not led to widespread prosperity.  On the contrary, it has made a few people unimaginably rich, while diverting resources away from fixing serious problems and building real wealth.  Nowhere could this be more true than in Southwest Virginia.

As the Yes! article points out, Flaccavento’s ideas are taking hold in other races. One example is Emily Martz, who is running for office in New York’s 21st Congressional District, who Yes! quotes as saying, “We absolutely have the power to create jobs that can sustain families if we invest in our two biggest assets, which are our people and our natural resources.” 

Our current representative, Morgan Griffith, hasn’t promoted a single cause not motivated by his corporate donors or Republican policies as spearheaded by President Trump. He’s a parrot for the wealthy and the Republican party, not an advocate for the VA9th. We need a Congressman with the ideas, energy, and focus to help the VP9th prosper. As Flaccavento’s ideas gain national recognition and acceptance, it becomes clearer that he is the best choice.