War of Words in the House of Delegates

By Kerry Dougherty

I’ve always thought that it would be a humbling experience — and an immense honor — to be elected to serve in Virginia’s General Assembly, the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World.

To be part of the House of Delegates is to follow in the footsteps of great men of the Enlightenment: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry.

You’d think the history of the place alone would be enough to make members leave behind their bad manners, their hateful diatribes, their name-calling.It’s an institution that demands decorum.

You’d think that. But you would be wrong. Some partisan hacks can’t help themselves.

Just two weeks into the term of the 74th governor of Virginia, one delegate stood up this week and gave a gratuitous, despicable speech attacking Gov. Glenn Youngkin and accusing him of not being a Christian.

This was Democrat Del. Don L. Scott Jr.

From Portsmouth, of course. A city that seems to specialize in mean-spirited politicians.

Here, give a listen:


The left’s playbook is always to call names and accuse those on the right of racism and prejudice. It’s tiresome, but it’s all they have.

Freitas is right. It’s time to push back against those who are too cowardly to argue issues and instead launch personal attacks and slander their opponents.

Questioning a man’s faith because he wants parents to be involved in their kids’ education, because he wants Marxist ideology out of the schools and germ-encrusted masks off the faces of Virginia’s school children is idiotic.

Freitas told him so and put the rest of the left on notice: Stop the name-calling.

Freitas has had enough. And so have the rest of us.

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

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8 responses to “War of Words in the House of Delegates”

  1. William O'Keefe Avatar
    William O’Keefe

    That’s the result of not having a well informed electorate.

    1. Stephen Haner Avatar
      Stephen Haner

      Well, heated “moaning hour” speeches designed to become the basis of Tweets and Facebook posts is not the way you get an “informed electorate.” One of the late Mr. Limbaugh’s best observations was the problem of the low information voter….

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Problem. Why use 7 keystrokes when 5 will do, Trump.

  2. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive


  3. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    I watched that live. That was a blatant violation of the House Rules on personal attacks during debate. It should have been called out and censured by the Speaker. But neither side has any interest in civility anymore. Nick Freitas answered him back, and was rewarded for his own vitriol with an appearance on Sean Hannity (and now high praise from Kerry.) We are in a bad place….

    Matthew 5:38-39

    Time for Gilbert to “put a bit of stick about” and regain control, and I mean on both sides. Or in two weeks it will be two hours before the “moaning hour” posturing is over every day.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      I thought Republicans preferred the government to be blind and toothles.

    2. Virginia Project Avatar
      Virginia Project

      Democrats are literally unable to control themselves; there’s nothing the Speaker can do with that. And for good reason – they don’t have anything left to campaign on but bad faith slurs against Republicans.

  4. VaNavVet Avatar

    OMG, now we have Kerry complaining about name calling. This from the chief culprit. She must not have heard Gov. Youngkin’s prayer to soften hearts so that they may see the good in everyone. Clearly some in the GA were not listening either.

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