With much discussion over whether or not Virginia Governor Tim Kaine could become Barack Obama’s Vice Presidential running mate, it started me considering the political aspirations of Chairman Corey Stewart. We do know that according to a Washington Post article in February that Stewart did have intentions on seeking the Lieutenant Governor’s position even declaring himself the ‘preeminent Republican in Northern Virginia’. Now, while I don’t proclaim to know what his long-term objectives are, could he conceivably envision himself as a possible candidate for a national office?

97 thoughts on “Chairman Corey Stewart’s Political Aspirations

  1. Moon-howler

    Soy, who is Karen? Is there a new person on anti I am not aware of?

    Would everyone feel better if Kgottardt started saying Stalin? He killed more innocents than Hitler.

    I am curious why you would say most of America is right of center. Why do we call it center if most of the people are to the right of it? Can you provide documentation?

  2. Red Dawn

    Moon-howler,

    LOL, your comment made me think of that old saying ” kill them with kindness. Has it ever been done? 🙂

  3. Red Dawn,

    Drug addicts need rehab, not jail.

    Only crimes that harm other people or property should ever result in jail time.

    The law is not justice. It’s not even a shell of justice. Sometimes…the law is itself a crime.

    It’s easier to just believe in the law.

  4. MH you are a freaking riot, as always!

    I wasn’t sure who Karen was either. But I answered anyway. Wasn’t that nice of me?

    Stalin. I will freshen up on my research. Thanks for the idea.

    “Drug addicts need rehab, not jail.”

    Yup. Unless they are dangerous, of course. That’s another story IMHO.

  5. Red Dawn

    Mackie,

    “Drug addicts need rehab, not jail.

    Only crimes that harm other people or property should ever result in jail time.”

    The golden rule is that no one can be rehabbed IF they FIRST will not admit and choose to get help. So how does anyone help them when it Has to come from with inside of them FIRST? ( I am dealing with such a situation)

    I understand what you are saying as far as the crimes that are committed that cause harm to other peeps or property. It starts somewhere but where?

  6. That’s a tough one, Red. You can’t get sick people help if they don’t believe they are sick or don’t want treatment. Has there ever been an answer to this? I’ve heard most people need to “bottom out” before they seek the help they need. Don’t know how true that is or isn’t. I do know addiction is a deadly and sad disease.

  7. Moon-howler

    kgottardt,

    Totally agree here. Some people have to be protected from themselves. And, you can only help people who know they need help when it comes to substance abuse.

  8. Red Dawn,

    I wish I knew the answers on how best to help drug addicts. I just feel that people who use drugs shouldn’t be locked up in cages.

    I guess it’s kind of like when someone has fallen off a building and something has broken inside of them. You want to help but maybe it’s better to get professionals involved.

    Locking someone up in a cage doesn’t fix whats wrong inside of them. It probably makes it worse.

  9. I think we lock up people who use drugs…not because it helps to fix them…but because it makes us feel better. Out of sight, out of mind. And we can tell ourselves we’re really doing something about the problem when we’re really not.

  10. Mackie, I agree that if it’s just a matter of drug use, locking people up is a waste of time. Substance abuse is a mental health issue. We know from history that locking up the mentally ill doesn’t make them better. As you point out, it usually makes them worse.

  11. Moon-howler

    kgottardt,

    Do you feel that the mentally ill are a bit better off nowadays? I see too many as street people. The emptying of institutions back in the 70’s has been very controversial, retrospectively.

  12. Joe Jr.

    Right of center is not Stewart’s problem. My wife and I voted for him last election and we generally support Republican candidates, but the arrogance that this guy has displayed is astounding. Regarding the anti-illegal immigrant resolution – he has done nothing but add fuel to the fire. We initially supported his efforts but his continued obsession over this particular issue, at the expense of all others is disappointing.

  13. Moon-howler

    Welcome Joe Jr. Thanks for sharing your perspective as a former supporter. Several people here on this blog are former Corey supporters.

  14. Alanna

    It’s 11:52 and I’m upgrading the WordPress version. Hold off on commenting or back-up your comments for the next half hour or so. Thanks.

  15. Red Dawn

    Good to get a response out of 3 different views ( Mackie, KG, Moon-howler)

    I see the responses back to me and the struggle of unanswered questions as I agree with all of you.

    Moon-howler,

    Good question as far as the homeless/mentaly ill.

    This is why I give money, food to them when ever I see them. I am NEVER prepared but my heart goes out to them and for this VERY reason. The majority will say, they have an opportunity, they can get help, they can, blah, blah,…..ummm, not if your mind isn’t working. It is just so damn EASY to judge…..

    And I already hear the arguments of what about rape, a murder and what about their mind set, so I don’t know. I just think our laws should reflect or be more flexed instead of where we are heading and that is…………………..?????

  16. Alanna

    i’m done for tonight.

  17. Elena

    Mackie,
    Very interesting piece. It has become clear, to many people, that illegal immigrants present a boom in the prison industry. New facilities have been built just to house illegal immigrants.

  18. Elena,

    Yep, we are spending tax dollars to damage our own economy. Totally counterproductive. Why do we want to lock up the people build our roads, office buildings, schools, universities, and are involved in every aspect of maintaining the country’s infrastructure? Wouldn’t it be a lot cheaper to just ask them to pay a small fine and give them legal status?

  19. Dime

    Mackie,

    As long as our roads, office buildings, schools, universities, and the country’s infrastructure are being built by citizens and legal immigrants, I will support it. I do not believe we should reward anyone that broke the laws of the US. It would be like rewarding the person stealing copper from new home builds simple because if help put on the roof of the house. Just doesn’t make any sense to me.

    Dime

  20. Alanna

    Welcome Mark.

    I missed your entrance.

  21. Alanna

    Welcome Joe Jr. as well.

  22. BVBLWatch

    I wonder what is the meaning of this advice at the top of an Open Thread comment from the dark screen:

    “me-n-u said on 23 Aug 2008 at 1:47 pm:
    Rick Bentley, There some misunderstanding of the property owner across the street from 7-11 (same side as Racetrac) so hold off on calling the police if they are on that side.”

    Misunderstanding? Has the HSM squad offended someone?

  23. Joe Jr., I am one of the former Corey Stewart supporters here. My family and I are long time Republicans but at the local level we have supported the best candidate regardless of party affiliation. I’ll admit I initially supported Corey because I saw him as having a future in higher office, green Republican willing to take on big business, etc. I thought he would be the new blood, uncorrupted by the Bush legacy, who could reform the party and maintain its relevance and influence.

    But in the past year plus, he has proven to be the opposite of what I hoped. Once he became seduced by the Anti-Immigrant Lobby, he broke with Bush on one of the few issues he actually got right (standing up to anti-immigrant hate as a neccessary step to achieving comprehensive immigration reform). This may have resulted in short-term political gains … he got on Fox News and CNN and oh-by-the-way won reelection in a race he would have won anyway. But in the process he alienated the majority of his supporters: Republican-leaning but socially aware moderates who reject the use of prejudice as a political weapon. Stewart may not have intended to position himself as a political opportunist who panders to bigots, but that is just how he ended up looking by taking political advice from the likes of F.A.I.R. and Greg Leticq. Recently he has even gone so far as to publicly criticize John McCain for not embracing F.A.I.R. and Greg Leticq’s agenda, warning that the types of voters he and Greg command would not support him this November unless he flip-flopped on the issue!

    When Greg unmasked himself as a slimey scheeming manipulator last fall, the community was repulsed. When Corey Stewart failed to distance himself, the community was disappointed and suspicious. Then, our worst fears were confirmed when Stewart and Leticq teamed up to try to force out our revered Police Chief, accusing him of treason!

    That was when the community threw up their hands and said Corey Stewart is not qualified to lead this county government, so blinded is he by Greg Leticq and his anti-immigrant agenda. Joe Jr., you’ve got it right: Stewart’s obsession with this issue has proven him unfit to lead. How could he still be carrying water for Letiecq and F.A.I.R. after the man, his network of propagansists, and their disastrous policies have been so soundly discredited in so many places around the country, most notably here in PWC?

    And me? I’ve gone from touting Corey Stewart as a future leader of the Virginia GOP, to fearing he is the one man on earth who may prove more responsible for its downfall than George W. Bush.

  24. Soy Culero

    Yeah, you’re right, I don’t know who the heck Karen is… My brain is still in mourning for Colin the Whale.

  25. Bring it On

    If he believes he has a snowball’s chance in hell of moving up from PWC he’s delusional. It’s highly doubtful he’ll be able to turn things around in the County within hte next 3 years, so his political goose is cooked. It’s unfortunate for him that he couldn’t move up befroe everything went in the crapper.

  26. info2

    From http://www.foley.com/people/bio.aspx?employeeid=24087&

    Corey A. Stewart
    Special Counsel

    Corey A. Stewart is special counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Stewart is a member of the firm’s Government Procurement, Public Affairs and White Collar Defense & Corporate Compliance Practices and the Automotive Industry Team. He concentrates his practice on international trade and technology transfer issues. Mr. Stewart has extensive experience in advising companies on export compliance investigations, audits, voluntary disclosures, licensing and classifications.
    Mr. Stewart counsels U.S. and foreign companies in the defense, space, aerospace, automotive and telecommunications industries on transactions that raise export compliance issues, such as foreign investment, international joint ventures and exports by foreign affiliates. He develops export compliance programs, particularly for companies having multinational operations or ownership or employing foreign engineers and other foreign national employees in the United States.

    Mr. Stewart has considerable experience in the following areas of law:

    International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
    Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
    Foreign Assets Control Regulations (Sanctions)
    National Industrial Security Program and Operating Manual (NISPOM)
    Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States Regulations (CFIUS)
    Mr. Stewart has served as a featured speaker at numerous seminars and conferences, and several of his articles have been published in trade journals.

    In 2007, Mr. Stewart was re-elected Chairman of the Prince William (Virginia) Board of County Supervisors, representing 400,000 residents. He also serves on several inter-governmental boards and commissions in the Washington metropolitan area. He previously worked in the legal department of Alliant Techsystems, Inc., a defense contractor. Mr. Stewart has worked and studied in Sweden, Japan, Poland and Canada.

    Mr. Stewart has been regularly featured in regional and national press, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS Evening news, BBC World Service and Skynews in Europe. He is a regular guest on radio stations across the country.

    Mr. Stewart graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (BSFS, 1991) and William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1997). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is also admitted to practice in Minnesota.

  27. One Voice

    I was once yelled at by Greg by pointing out that this firm did pro bono work for illegals. My point was that had this been Pandaks firm Greg would have skewered her.
    Greg threatened me on his blog with litigation! He did’nt even know who I was,who I knew or what I do!!!

    Wonder what Corey’s boss thinks about his extra curricular activities.

    My sister has her MFS from G-town and a law degree. So he’s no slouch but maybe naïve?

    Been a while since I’ve blogged. Seeing the post about the firm brought back old memories.

  28. Alanna

    Very interesting. Greg theatened you with litigation, for simply pointing out that Corey’s law firm did pro bono immigration work?

  29. One Voice

    Yes. It was pretty funny. It was on a thread where Pandak was being attacked for breathing!
    What struck me was the violence of his response. In all caps he typed “you have been warned”!! At least twice.
    Now I know that the apprporiate response would have been “bite me”. Not a respose that comes as naturally to me as it does to those of Greg’s ilk but clearly a response Greg and his kind understand

    One of my fondest BVBL moments before I dropped them.

  30. Red Dawn

    One Voice,

    Here is the thread ( half way down it starts on Dec 1st 3:41

    http://www.bvbl.net/index.php/2007/11/29/the-post-whines-about-corey-stewart-again/

  31. Moon-howler

    I am curious as to why Info keeps doing the little drive-by droppings. If we wanted the information, most of us here have enough sense to find it.

    To the Corey Stewart post, I say SO WHAT! None of those credentials give him wisdom.

  32. One Voice

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane Redawn. See you changed the spelling.

    Reading that makes me realize some of us figured them out quite a while ago.

  33. Alanna

    Reddawn,
    Thanks for the link. I get it now, he thinks just mentioning that Corey’s law firm handles immigration cases is somehow defamatory. In his mind the fact they handle these cases speaks ill of the law firm. And then he goes on to state they only do it because they are REQUIRED to do pro bono work, but, I somewhat doubt that’s the case.

  34. Alanna

    That thread also has these interesting comments –

    Ducky said on 30 Nov 2007 at 5:24 am:
    Corey Stewart is a political opportunist who used the illegal immigration issue to get himself reelected. He works for a K Street law firm promoting free trade treaties like NAFTA and CAFTA, which call for more open borders. Don’t expect anything more from him on the issue.

    As for the quote from the unnamed Republican regarding declining home values, the explanation makes sense. Stewart and the anti-illegal immigration forces there are making PWC look like a horrible place in which to live. Expect more residents to leave and home values continue declining.

    Krusty said on 30 Nov 2007 at 6:28 am:
    Duckyl – You’re so right! If you think Stewart came to “help” PW, think again. He saw an opening, took it, and little PW is just the first stepping stone for this cooly ambitious, young lawyer. Greg L help him along all the way, maybe hoping for an appointment in (an eventual) senator Stewart’s office.

  35. Alanna

    LuckyDuck do you post under Ducky at bvbl?

  36. Lafayette

    One Voice,
    It’s great to see you here. I love it..”you’ve been warned”. I had someone from that blog threaten me with a law suit. What a bunch of “whiny cats”.

  37. One Voice

    Laf
    Well I guess they are not as powerful as they think. Their lawyers are not what you would consider “sucessful”.

    So you’ve had an interesting year!

  38. Lafayette

    Interesting to say the least, and in the words of Sonny & Cher “The Beat Goes On”. 🙂

  39. Saw this on the homepage of the Washington Post, and saw this quote about bullies and immediately thought about Stewart —

    The world’s bullies are throwing their weight around. But history isn’t on their side.

  40. “kgottardt,

    Do you feel that the mentally ill are a bit better off nowadays? I see too many as street people. The emptying of institutions back in the 70’s has been very controversial, retrospectively.”

    Sorry so late, but I’ve been busy with other “real life.” 🙂

    MH, I feel the mentally ill aren’t locked up and spun around in circles the way they used to be in the 1800-1900’s. So yes, this is an improvement. However, it’s a fact that the majority of the homeless are mentally ill and/or substance abusers. Many of them are Veterans as well. While I don’t give money to homeless people, I have given food if I have some with me. I also support shelters and food pantries when I can. But these are bandaids until the overall system is improved. There is still not enough access to quality mental health care and yes, people DO blame the homeless for their own problems. Until we or our loved ones have been close to becoming homeless, we have no idea how easily it can happen to ANY of us at any time at any age.

  41. Elena

    Joe Jr,
    You express a sentiment that many people in this county are feeling.

  42. Save the Middle Class

    Performing pro bono or volunteer work for humanitarian reasons on behalf of needy people, whom you believe have done or believe things contrary to your own views, does not demonstrate inconsistency but strength of character.

    As you recall from my posts in another thread a week or so ago, I am ardently opposed to policies that add strain to middle/working class American families. That includes unrestricted immigration or millions of illegal aliens entering our country as cheap labor for corporate interests as corrupt politicians look the other way.

    However, if I see a person in need, whoever they are or whatever their legal status, I feel an obligation not to look the other way. I’ve done pro bono/volunteer work in my own field. We don’t ask about legal status and I have no doubt that some of the beneficiaries are not in the U.S legally. I’m not going to offer any more specifics because doing so would likely reveal my identity. My church has a program to assist poor families also, many of whom are immigrants (often illegal).

    Once basic humanitarian needs are addressed (for example, an illegal alien family with hungry children) the law must be upheld, however. Otherwise we deteriorate into anarchy. Moreover, the laws must focus on the needs of Americans first. I know that many of the participants on this blog don’t like the “gumball” video, but the fact is that if we allow in everyone from everywhere who wants to immigrate, no one except a rich elite living in gated communities will continue to enjoy a decent standard of living.

    By gated community I don’t mean something like Piedmont or Heritage Hunt where a guy in a little booth waves you in to a development that anyone could just walk into from another entry point. I mean situations like Mexico, Africa, etc. where the wealthy are cordoned off by barbed-wire fences, or glass shards imbedded in the top of concrete walls (popular in Mexico City – I’ve seen it first-hand).

    Looking at this another way, how many of you would render assistance rather than turn away if you saw Corey or Greg injured at the side of the road? I would try to help (been in such situations before) regardless of who the person might be.

    Yes, certainly we render aid to people in need. No, that does not mean that we sacrifice the American middle/working class to satisfy some peoples’ idea of saving the developing world.

  43. Elena

    So then, Save the Middle Class, you would agree then that Corey Stewarts wife poses a threat to the very survival of America based on gumballs, or as I fondly refer to it, “dumb balls”?

    How do you account for the low unemployment rate, the impending labor shortage when all the baby boomers retire, the impact their retirmement will have on providing new services for this aging generation?

    I have never suggested that we allow unfettered entry into the country. I do advocate a plan like Obama’s, that is reasonable and creates a paradigm for long term solutions. I imagine, with the slow down of our economy, many people are returning home with their savings to the country of origin. However, I find it extremely puzzling, that with each new wave of immigrants, the arguments against them never change. I am wondering, what are your thoughts on this strange coincidence?

    Are you suggesting that people here would not stop to help Corey or Greg if they needed help? Kinda silly since we are constantly being accused of being bleeding heart liberals! Of course I would stop to help, just as I wouldn’t ask the status of someone if they were in need.

  44. Lucky Duck

    Hi Alanna, no, that is not me on BVBL.

  45. Fontbonne

    Look, we in PWC should pray that Corey is elected to higher office. I’d contribute to his campaign! Hell, I’d volunteer. Figure it this way – he can do a lot less damage to our community as a junior Congressman. His one-note-Johnny routine will flounder and ultimately fail, and he will sink back into well-deserved oblivion.

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