Via Virginia Progressive, I see Chuck Caputo has a new letter to the editor in the newspaper. Whoever is writing it was apparently short of words on what Caputo is doing, so they turned to attacking Tim Hugo.
"I am also baffled by the reluctance of Northern Virginia House Republicans to support legislation for Northern Virginia to help raise funds for transportation — self help as it might be called. As a member of the House Finance Committee, I witnessed the killing of a bill which would have permitted Fairfax County, Arlington County and the adjourning cities to raise the local sales tax by 1/4 percent to produce $50 million a year, an amount that would be matched by the Federal Government each year for 10 years for METRO (primarily for capacity expansion). In essence, they voted to turn down a half billion dollars of federal aid. Three Finance Committee members from Prince William County coupled with other Republican members voted against the legislation. One Fairfax Republican delegate stayed away from the meeting and, sometime after the meeting was adjourned, notified the committee clerk that he wanted a “yes’ vote recorded. Why couldn’t that delegate have contributed to the live debate in that meeting to convince his colleagues to vote for self help for Northern Virginia?"
Chuck is a great guy, and one of my personal favorite Delegates in Richmond. But whoever is advising him to attack neighboring Delegates does not have his best interest at heart. In 2005, Chuck got a great election year to run in, but his district went for George W. Bush by over 2,000 votes in 2004. Does anyone really believe that those conservative voters disappeared over one year, or is it more likely that many were unimpressed by Kilgore/Craddock and chose not to show up?
In short, Delegate Caputo should focus on his own district instead of throwing darts at the other Delegates.