From this week's Reston Connection- I can't believe this guy had the nerve to write this:
From the article: "Senator George Allen's recent gaffe was certainly unfortunate. He opened himself up to criticism and let his campaign get off message by an unnecessary diversion. What Senator Allen is most guilty of is taking the bait. But the episode says a lot more about the Senator's 2006 opponent, Jim Webb, the Democrat party candidate".
What? After calling a young man of color a "macaca", Allen is most guilty of "taking the bait"? That's absurd, and frankly calling Sidarth "bait" is disgusting on its own. How exactly is he "bait"?
Continued... "The tactic of following a Republican candidate or incumbent with a video camera is straight out of the nationals Democratic campaign playbook... Imagine if this activity were to have been practiced on Governor Mark Warner or Tim Kaine when they were running for office?"
At this point, I am shocked the Connection even agreed to print this article. Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Jerry Kilgore, Bill Bolling, Leslie Byrne, Creigh Deeds, Bob McDonnell and yes even Jim Webb have all been videotaped by their opponents over the past year. The reason it didn't make national news is none of them felt the need to look into the camera, smile, utter a racial slur twice and welcome the only person of color in a crowd "to America".
The Connection should not be publishing columns that openly mislead and lie. This is embarrassing.
UPDATE: More from the article: "There is a word to describe following an individual day in and day out, recording his every word and move: it is called stalking. The Democrat candidate for the Senate should review the Code of Virginia 18.2-60.3 with the penalties thereto and best rethinking turning a youngster loose with a video camera to follow Senator Allen around."
How in the world did this end up published? For the statute to apply: "The guy in question (Siddarth) must be one "who on more than one occasion engages in conduct directed at another person with the intent to place, or when he knows or reasonably should know that the conduct places that other person in reasonable fear of death, criminal sexual assault, or bodily injury to that other person or to that other person's family or household member"
What a pile of crap! Is the Connection going to allow Sidharth to be slandered like this? Other than his dark skin tone, what makes the author of this piece believe Sidharth is a danger to Allen or his family?