Virginia Democrats Play Childish Games With Public Safety

by Kerry Dougherty

What in the world are Virginia Senate Democrats thinking?

On Thursday, in a childish game of tit-for-tat, these partisan hacks blocked three of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s nominees for the state parole board.

There was nothing objectionable about the trio. This was political gamesmanship and a fresh reminder that Democrats have little interest in law and order.

Trouble is, by foolishly drawing attention to the parole board, these dimwits reminded the commonwealth that when they were in charge of making appointments they filled the board with bleeding hearts who set killers loose.

The last rogue board, filled with McAuliffe and Northam appointees, released at least eight murderers including cop killer Vincent Martin, who executed Richmond patrolmen Michael Connors during a routine traffic stop in 1979, and Patrick Schooley Jr., who abducted, raped and stabbed to death 78-year-old Bessie Rountree of Suffolk after knocking on her door and asking to use her phone.

Worse, the all-Democrat parole board was accused of violating numerous rules regarding notice to prosecutors and families of victims in its breathless hurry to set violent felons free.

Confident that they would hold the reins of power indefinitely in Richmond, the Democrats actually promoted the chair of the board to a judgeship in Virginia Beach.

This appalling disregard for the safety of community and lack of respect for sentences handed down by juries and judges shocked the consciences of many Virginians and became a campaign issue for Youngkin.

On the campaign trail, Youngkin promised to fire the existing board — the members who hadn’t been rewarded with judgeships, that is — and replace them with competent Virginians.

Now three of those nominees have been scratched. As soon as the General Assembly adjourns Youngkin can appoint three others to the board. Fortunately, there is no shortage of law-abiding Virginians eager to serve.

With a GOP majority in the House of Delegates, and a slim Democrat majority in the Senate, the latter bragged about how they would kill all of Youngkin’s initiatives.

They failed on several issues when Democrats joined Republicans. But the Senate did veto Youngkin’s nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources. A highly unusual and partisan move.

With that, House Republicans retaliated by rejecting 11 of Northam’s leftover appointments to various boards.

On Thursday, The Virginia Mercury reported that Senate Democrats struck back.

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, said Senate Democrats “weren’t going to be walked all over.”

“I think that the House needs to be taught a lesson,” Ebbin said.

Senate Republicans cried foul, accusing Democrats of dragging more appointees into a fight that could disrupt the Parole Board’s ability to operate.

“How childish is a phrase like that?,” Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, said in response to Ebbin’s comment.

Childish as heck. And stupid.

Because of it, we’re now reminded that when Democrats controlled the Governor’s Mansion they made a mockery of Virginia’s “Truth in Sentencing” law that effectively ended parole for Virginia’s felons.

Democrats ignored the lamentations of crime victims as they wantonly set violent criminals loose.

Two years ago the parole board made Virginia a more dangerous place. Democrats in the Senate this week reminded us of the bad old days.

Not smart.

This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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12 responses to “Virginia Democrats Play Childish Games With Public Safety”

  1. Chrissy Taylor Avatar
    Chrissy Taylor

    Childish definitely!! Like angry children upset they aren’t getting their way! Lol. Sounds like Mommy took away the Video Games, Hot Pockets, and Mountain Dew FOR GOOD this time!! Lol

    1. VaNavVet Avatar

      Clowns on the left and jokers on the right.

      1. vicnicholls Avatar

        You’re not in the middle.

        1. VaNavVet Avatar

          Hard to find the middle these days and most independents do tend to bounce a little from side to side depending on the issue or candidate. BTW, I looked for your name in the list of Republican endorsed nominees for city council and school board.

          1. vicnicholls Avatar

            That is immensely funny given you are hiding your information yet you look to dox others. What is even funnier is that you think people who aren’t a member of a club would be running as one for office.

  2. James Kiser Avatar
    James Kiser

    I can’t wait for the end of civilization. Lets go Brandon!

    1. VaNavVet Avatar

      Is that the best that you can come up with a childish profanity!

      1. James Kiser Avatar
        James Kiser

        Where is the profanity? Do you see any cuss words? You should get your mind out of the gutter.

        1. VaNavVet Avatar

          Too cute by half. Playing these silly games just allows you “Brandon” guys to feel good about yourself and superior to others. Unfortunately, it serves to demonstrate the exact opposite.

  3. walter smith Avatar
    walter smith

    TDS is now YDS
    “Our democracy” is in peril = normal people are waking up to our Leftist orthodoxy (Covidiocy, climate change, CRT, DEI, ESG governance (corporate CRT), green energy) being dangerous, harmful and counter-productive – so we will act as dictators to protect it!
    Somehow these idiots got elected, the fault is on us…

  4. VaNavVet Avatar

    Kerry needs to stick to chasing Scout around the house.

  5. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    “With that, House Republicans retaliated…

    …Senate Democrats struck back.

    Childish as heck. And stupid”

    Do you read what you write…?

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