Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Corey Stewart and Keith Fimian Even More Out of Touch With District Than We Realized

I wrote a post the other day about how Keith Fimian seems to be so out of touch with the 11th Congressional District that he actually went on the radio and said that he's "more conservative" than Tom Davis. The Examiner, which is a paper which tends to tilt to the right, published an article which also suggests Fimian's political philosophy seems to be contradicting the views held by his potential constituents.
But with Davis’ departure, the GOP has placed its hopes for retaining the wealthy suburban district in Keith Fimian, a businessman whose conservative Christian ties clash with his would-be constituency’s liberal trend.

An analysis of Fimian’s recent donors shows he’s collected more than $100,000 from dozens of members — or relatives of those members — of Legatus, a national organization of Catholic business executives created by Domino’s Pizza founder and pro-life activist Tom Monaghan. Fimian reports taking in more than $1.3 million by the end of June. Legatus is based in Ave Maria, Fla., a planned religious community also co-founded by Monaghan, who drew protests from civil libertarians when he reportedly outlined plans to ban pornography and contraception from the town’s stores.
The article goes on to point out that Fimian is even a member of the board governors at Legatus which essentially means he's actively involved with the development. Since he has made no attempt to disassociate with Legatus even though his position would be scrutinized, a reasonable conclusion would be that he also agrees with many of the right wing policies promoted by Legatus and its founder.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the article, however, comes when Corey Stewart says that he thinks social issues should not be part of the election. Considering the fact that Corey Stewart and other local Republican leaders have been using social issues such as the Marshall/Newman Amendment to drive out their supporters based upon social issues, it's very hypocritical of Stewart to be saying that social issues only "distract voters." The hypocrisy only gets worse when you think back to 2007 and remember that it was Corey Stewart who championed the cause of rallying people against the immigrant community. It basically looks like Corey Stewart is saying it's okay for social issues to be involved in elections when it benefits the Republican candidate, but not when it might benefit the Democrats.

In reality, there are many social issues which should be brought up in elections such as poverty, pride in community service, encouraging people to pursue a higher education, etc. These are all social issues which can be addressed on a bipartisan basis. If Corey Stewart and Keith Fimian wanted to work on these issues in a bipartisan manner, I'd be one of the first people there to help and I hope my readers would be too.

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