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Del. Chris Peace’s Hail Mary Pass

Guest Column by Bob Shannon, Founder King William and Mechanicsville Tea Party Groups

Del. Chris Peace is now supporting legislation that would return the 976 million dollar tax windfall Virginia has coming as a result of President Trumps Tax Reform of 2016-17. An increase in the Standard State Deduction returning the money to Virginians would contrast with Governor Northam’s announced plans to spend the money until……………Northam found it more politically advantageous to throw some dough at voters hoping they would forget the embarrassing fiasco he is currently embroiled in. But let’s get back to Peace.

In 2013-14 Del. Peace and I verbally sparred in the Mechanicsville Local over my open declaration that Peace supported Medicaid Expansion from reading the language contained in that year’s budget. I placed one of those yellow T.E.A Party signs in a prominent Hanover location stating that Peace Supports Medicaid Expansion. Peace and his minions immediately seized on his denial as proof that the old fella from King William was off his rocker. If Peace said he opposed Medicaid Expansion , well then that was that. It wasn’t enough that I turned out right about Peace, the comments he made when he had his change of heart last year and actually voted for Medicaid Expansion stating that opponents were the last remnants of Jim Crow . Every conservative in the 97th district should kick this guy to the curb in May when a convention is held, or November when and if he is the republican nominee. 12 years is enough of this guy , he has got to go.

Chris Peace has no political philosophy or convictions, he is a progressive big government type that parades around the 97th district each election cycle citing slogans and platitudes that fool the low information voter ( yes they are on both sides ) Peace relies on the not so bright that follow the “ our guy isn’t as bad as their guy” mindset. It is ridiculous and does tremendous harm when one considers that Virginia’s budget has doubled in the years Peace has been in the G.A. I’ve no doubt that absent the political heat he is feeling with a serious challenger to his nomination Peace would have been quite content to have went along with Northam’s plans to spend the dough……..until they both ended up in hot water. Call it a death row religious conversion.

This isn’t intended to be an endorsement of Peace’s challenger Cold Harbor Hanover Board of Supervisor Scott Wyatt. Wyatt has shown no serious conservative chops himself, exposing his own flawed political philosophy in his comments in the Mechanicsville Local last year, clearly unwilling to take on any of the county sacred cows. What leads anyone to believe Wyatt would be an improvement over Peace leaves me beyond puzzled. I have every intention of continuing my practice of voting and writing in someone’s name for that race.

Bob Shannon is a Founder of the King William & Mechanicsville T.E.A Party groups

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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