Senate Resolution 24

Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, has introduced a bill commending his colleague Sen. John H. Chichester, R-Northampton, as a “visionary leader of tremendous integrity … admired for his gift of diplomacy; his adroitness, even in times of adversity, at unifying the numerous voices and forces of the legislative body.”

Describing Chichester as having “great respect … for the diverse political convictions of his fellow General Assembly members,” Stolle goes on: “Committed to excellence in state government, John Chichester exemplifies, in his words and in his deeds, the ideals of honesty, responsibility, and a steadfast belief in the value of democracy and the political system.”

The resolution commends Chichester on his 2005 Excellence in State leadership Award by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Leadership Foundation.

Read the resolution and pick out your favorite phrases! Here’s mine: “Unifying the numerous voices and forces of the legislative body.”

Update: Turns out there’s more to the story. Jeff Schapiro wrote a piece in today’s Times-Dispatch noting that House Republicans “are now refusing to vote on a tribute to the guy who whupped ’em in the 2004 tax fight.” I don’t know who submitted the resolution in the House, but I’ll bet he (or she) is snickering at the sniping intramural feuding they’re feeding in the Republican Party.

One can hardly blame the House GOP for not wanting to affirm the sycophantic praise in the resolution, including an allusion to Chichester’s role in cramming the 2004 tax increase down their throats. On the other hand, publicly dissing Chichester will only feed the “petty, intransigent House GOP” storyline that seems to be developing. There ought to be a creative solution to the dilemma.

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2 responses to “Senate Resolution 24”

  1. E Joseph West Avatar
    E Joseph West

    “You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”
    —Abraham Lincoln

    I think Dave Albo gets himself in trouble at least with our side because he does not seem to have a set of governing principles which are consistent with core Republican principles. Like many of our elected officials, they try to please everybody. They try to be “pothole politicians.” They try to look for the “best compromise.” This creates a situation in which their base is, at least, unenthusiastic and at worst very unhappy or hostile. The alternative is to deceive or outright lie, such as Mark Warner has done and Timmy Kaine is verging on in the current budget debate and did do during his campaign
    in stating that he would not look to raise taxes.

    When Dave was first elected as a Delegate, most Republicans were very enthusiastic about him, because they viewed him as a rising start who would fight our causes. I do not think he any longer is viewed that way.

    Dave’s advocacy of various minor, or not so minor, tax and fee schemes over the past few years have been an anathema to many of us.

  2. Virginia Centrist Avatar
    Virginia Centrist

    I definitely scooped him on that story yesterday…not that I really care.

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