Conservatives Actively Promoting Better Economic Future for Petersburg

Governor Youngkin and Mayor Sam Parham celebrate Partnership for Petersburg.  Courtesy Governor’s Office

by James C. Sherlock

Bill Atkinson of The Progress-Index on May 3rd did his usual great job reporting news of Petersburg.

The article is titled “PFP point man calls Petersburg ‘gold mine,’ encourages business to come or expand there.”

The Richmond meeting featured the governor’s point man on the Partnership for Petersburg (PFP), Garrison Coward, speaking to an informal meeting of Americans for Prosperity (AFP).

His message:

check out the “gold mine” 23 miles to the south.

Do well while doing good.

Progressives have no such message to offer. And a progressive would never speak to that conservative business group. Even though the AFP

is looking to boost advocacy for localities such as Petersburg…

Mr. Coward spoke of the growing pharmaceutical industry down there.

Not only do we see the new grocery store, but we also see new housing, Coward said. And not only could we see new housing for the people there, we could also see new housing for Virginia State University. It’s just this domino effect, and we’re excited that it’s coming.

Private-sector businesses. Private sector housing. Conservative activism.

The Democrats. Let’s see what Lashrecse Aird, running against Joe Morrissey in the Democratic primary for Morrissey’s seat in the Virginia Senate, offers Petersburg voters.

Limitless abortion.

Reported legal abortions in Virginia by race/ethnicity 2020. Courtesy Statistica 2023

Black population is 20% in Virginia, and accounts for nearly half of the abortions. Her campaign slogan to an 86% Black population in Petersburg is “Roe Not Joe.”

Ms. Aird also offered that she has better “morals” than Morrissey.

She should pick one and stick with it.

Her campaign website proclaims that as a delegate, she

fought to provide … more economic opportunities for our communities.

She proudly refers to her 2019 Free Enterprise Award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She did indeed receive one. As did much of the General Assembly that year, the Chamber understandably being as inclusive as possible.

The Chamber gave awards to any legislator that supported any part of legislation it supported. Del. Aird’s was for “Career Focused Higher Education,” presumably meaning she worked to help pass the Chamber’s favored bill for workforce development in community colleges.

That was a good thing.

She neglects to mention that received a D+ on the Legislative Report Card from the Chamber in 2020 and 2021 when the Democrats were in control.

Who, between the Governor, the Chamber, and AFP on the one hand and progressives like Ms. Aird on the other has the best long-term interests of the citizens of Petersburg in mind?

  • The Governor, the Chamber, and AFP are working with the Mayor of Petersburg seeking economic prosperity for that city and region. Do well while doing good.
  • “Roe not Joe” Aird offers to kill the maximum number of Black babies.

The citizens will get to choose.

Updated May 7 14:52 with the Virginia abortions chart

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19 responses to “Conservatives Actively Promoting Better Economic Future for Petersburg”

  1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
    Virginia Gentleman

    How do you down vote the original post? What a crock.

  2. Lefty665 Avatar

    Morrissey is a complete slimeball. Anyone running against him would be an improvement. Among all the other things, he hired convicted sex offenders to staff a group home of people with intellectual disabilities, one sex offender the state police came and hauled off the premises. His statutory rape of an underage woman, who has thrown him out and divorced him for fathering other children out of wedlock is almost as slimy. Anyone who supports Morrissey is equally disgusting.

    1. LesGabriel Avatar

      “Anyone running against him would be an improvement.” If he wins the Primary, we will hold you to that in November.

      1. Lefty665 Avatar

        I’m not close to that district so I can’t vote against him. What would you have me do? I’d even contribute to Trump over Morrissey if he ran against him.

        1. LesGabriel Avatar

          Eric Ditri is his name

          1. Lefty665 Avatar

            Know nothing about him, but no matter how bad he is he’s got to be better than Morrissey. I’ll get my checkbook out.

    2. WayneS Avatar

      He also has very poor trigger discipline.

        1. Lefty665 Avatar

          He does, but at least he’s not flagging the rest of the GA, at least in this pic.

          That’s not even an AK, it’s a MAK90. Thumb hole stock, no flash hider or evil bayonet lug. That was legal under the “assault weapons ban” as a “good gun”.

          1. WayneS Avatar

            Here is something I missed when it first hit the news.

            Apparently, Joe Morrissey thought it was appropriate to not only have this photograph taken, but to hand out copies to his friends and colleagues


          2. Lefty665 Avatar

            William Zadzinger killed poor Hattie Carol with a cane that he twirled around his diamond ring finger…

  3. James McCarthy Avatar
    James McCarthy

    Ugly closing line to pathetic hit piece.

    1. LesGabriel Avatar

      “The citizens will get to choose.” I don’t see that sentiment as ugly, although I’m not a Democrat.

      1. James McCarthy Avatar
        James McCarthy

        Apologies! Next to last line. Hard to miss.

    2. James C. Sherlock Avatar
      James C. Sherlock

      Hurts to read the quiet part about killing Black babies, doesn’t it.

      I added the Virginia abortion chart for you, VG and the rest of your crew.

      1. James McCarthy Avatar
        James McCarthy

        Nah!! You’re only repeating out loud the ugly underside of your pretentious articles that are emblematic of BR. It may be time for the blog’s creator to reign in your unfettered capacity to post articles.

      2. James McCarthy Avatar
        James McCarthy

        The chart fails to prove your ugly assertion. Since the chart displays “reported” abortions, it is not definitive evidence of your assertion and the reported data is not causal to the political connection you claim. Your chart addition makes sense to you understandably.

        1. WayneS Avatar

          Doctors in Virginia are required to report each and every abortion they perform. How many unreported abortions do you think women are receiving in Virginia? Do you have reason to believe having these numbers would shift the demographics significantly?

          As far as the relevancy of the author highlighting one candidate’s abortion policy vs. another candidate’s economic policies? Something about apples vs. oranges comes to my mind.

  4. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    So maintaining women’s access to legal abortion is not a decisive issue for Dems this election and can be distilled down to killing “the maximum number of Black babies”? I am good if you go with that…

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