What is there to fear, Delegate Lewis. Your challenger, Republican Melody Scalley is not a politician like you. She’s not a lawyer like you. And she’s not even politically correct. She will call you out for stomping on our rights and liberties no matter your party. She’s also a very petite lady. Surely you don’t fear her, do you?
Or perhaps you have listened to her on the radio over the years, is that it? Have you no arguments to counter the positions she has stated over the years?
Perhaps that’s it. You are very aware that she is an expert on the issues facing Eastern Shore residents because she is one of them, with the same concerns. All of their issues are her issues too.
Do you feel a bit of a disconnect with Eastern Shore residents and feel that will be glaringly apparent, should the two of you share a stage?
I understand. She is a fire cracker. I’m sure glad it’s you and not me that is expected to debate her.
Fear manifests itself in many ways. As I drove down Parksley Road from Route 13 Saturday, I saw a couple of people putting your signs up on the road most people would take to get to the Scalley Rally at the Parksley Fire Station. I was immediately reminded of the scenes at the Shad Planking and a number of other places around the state where your fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe did the same thing. I am sure Terry actually had his supporters place the signs. According to some of the locals at the rally, you used relatives. That’s OK. I suppose everyone else was at the Fire House.
But that tactic didn’t work so well for Terry, did it?
Perhaps one of the reasons you hesitate to debate Ms. Scalley is the fear that you might be asked a question about the propriety of being paid as Town Attorney by several towns on the Eastern Shore, and if this might be a conflict of interest. Perhaps that information might get over to the Virginian-Pilot who may use one of those Freedom of Information Act thingies to poke around a bit. They are quite good at that, you know.
Perhaps you just didn’t want that spread around. As an Attorney, you would be sure to stay within the bounds of the law, I am sure. But is it actually proper to represent even one town in your district in an election year? Isn’t there at least the appearance of a conflict there?
It was actually quite an amusing moment at the Fire Station when one of your neighbors brought up the fact that you were the Town Attorney in his town. Another of the locals said “He’s Town Attorney in my town, too”. That was news to a lot of folks.
Could it be a conflict? Well, I’m not an attorney, but questions on things like political sign placement and permits for various political functions could arise. Seems to me, that could put Ms. Scalley at a bit of a tactical disadvantage. Or force you to recuse yourself from giving advice, in which case the Town would have to pay someone else. I am quite aware that funds on the Eastern Shore are in short supply, and forcing your neighbors to shell out more money to pay for a second Town Attorney, because the one they already pay can’t answer, would be a bit hard to swallow, even for one of your relatives.
I think a good debate question might be about your thoughts on Conflicts of Interest. It sure seems topical to me.
No wonder you are avoiding Melody.