Welcome back from our one month break from Corey Stewart campaign news! In case you missed it, the twice-failed statewide candidate has announced he is charging headlong into a campaign for United States Senate. Unfortunately for Stewart, he’s still facing significant issues on the home front.
As a refresher, Stewart has been pushing a sweetheart deal for one of his long-time campaign contributors, the owners of the Potomac Nationals Minor League baseball team. He wants taxpayers on the hook for the most expensive Minor League park in the country, a move that has drawn fierce opposition.
Instead of admitting he was wrong, Stewart has decided to smear the conservatives on his Board of Supervisors who are opposed to the deal:
But Stewart dismisses their concerns as simple opposition to any construction on the county’s eastern end, citing previous dustups like the spat over the Colgan High School aquatics center as evidence that he’ll have little success convincing the three supervisors to support the stadium project going forward.
“I call them Pete and his repeats,” Stewart said. “At the end of the day, they’re just opposed to any investment on the east end. But it is possible that one or two other supervisors could support the deal in the future.”
But, in interviews, all three supervisors expressed their own frustrations with how the team and Stewart have managed this process. They believe Silber created a false deadline to convince the board to vote against Candland’s proposal to send the deal to a November bond referendum, and question the team’s motives in pushing off the July 18 vote.
Note Stewart’s spin. He is blaming the supervisors, one of which represents a district on the far eastern side of the county, of opposing the deal solely based on location. This is coded language. Folks in Prince William County know that the eastern end of the county is more racially diverse, as evidenced by this map showing the percentage of the population identifying as white:
The implication from Stewart is clear. He is saying that conservatives on the board are opposed to any projects in the majority-minority portion of the county. The irony is rich, given this is the same Stewart who ran for Governor on a platform of defending confederate history and big government for white people.
The fact is, Candland and his “repeats” want the stadium proposition to go in front of the voters. Voters would almost certainly vote down the sweetheart deal. Stewart is lashing out because they refuse to give their seal of approval to a massive handout to one of Stewart’s campaign mega-donors.
Taxpayers in Prince William County don’t want to be on the hook for this project, and it doesn’t matter where in the county it would be built.