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What Is The Big Deal With Delegate Phil Hamilton?

Phil Hamilton and Family

Phil Hamilton and Family

Ok, I know that Delegate Phil Hamilton has said he did something that, in retrospect, he should not have done. Everyone seems to have their knickers in a bind. If only he had done something minor, like driving off of a bridge and leaving a woman to drown while he wondered off in a drunken stupor. Or ran a male prostitution ring out of his home. Or failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes.

Or even something as minor as lying to a federal grand jury about some chick named Monica.

These were much less offensive than… what was it Delegate Hamilton did again? Nobody really knows, but in a politically charged election year it really doesn’t matter. Anything that sounds like it might be something bad causes the Democrats to act like the sky is falling and the Republicans to act as if Phil has the Swine Flu.

The fact of the matter, Republican Senator and Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli is the only one with enough class to get it right. He said that there is a process when things like this occur and the knee jerk reactions are not helping.

The other Republican candidates fear some mud may fly off and tarnish their white coats. Understandable in an election year, but still not the best answer.

Governor Kaine and Steve Shannon, when asked about the need for a special session wanted to avoid a knee jerk reaction, wanted to get all the facts and then make the right decision. But not with Delegate Hamilton. No, sir. With both knees planted squarely on their jaws, Kaine and Shannon toss due process out the window when it comes to Delegate Hamilton and demand he jump out in front of a bus. They got the special session wrong and they got this wrong.

Delegate Phil Hamilton has served the 93rd District with distinction and has exhibited the kind of leadership that has made Virginia one of the best run states in the country. Twenty-one years! Everyone you talk to that knows Delegate Hamilton has nothing but good things to say.

There is much talk from both sides accusing one another of being un-American. I will tell you what is un-American. Denying Phil Hamilton his due process under the law and the rules of the House. Anyone calling for his resignation without knowing the facts is simply wrong, no matter your political situation. His name is not Kennedy, Frank, Clinton or almost any Obama nominee, but his error was nowhere near the crimes these men committed and they are idolized by many.

So. Sit back. Take a breath. And let this play out in an orderly and legal fashion. Phil Hamilton has served this Commonwealth with distinction for over two decades. He has earned that right.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

15 Responses to “What Is The Big Deal With Delegate Phil Hamilton?”

  1. joelaw7 says:

    What a bunch of crap. Hamilton is a theif. He should have found himself a carrer as a lobbyist, these excuses are straight from the govenors mansion in south carolina

  2. joelaw7 says:

    What a bunch of crap. Hamilton is a theif. He should have found himself a carrer as a lobbyist, these excuses are straight from the govenors mansion in south carolina

  3. Tom White says:

    I hope you are never in a situation where people want to deny you your due process. I am not passing judgment one way or the other. You and I do not know the facts. Just think: What Would Kennedy Do.

  4. Lang Keith says:

    Due process is what one gets in a courtroom or in an ethics hearing. There is no such thing as due process in the court of public opinion. Hamilton has admitted that the e mails he sent and received from ODU are authentic. He might be able to wiggle out of an ethics investigation or criminal charges on some technicality but as far as the public is concerned, and rightfully so, he is a grifter. Sorta like the public's opinion and your opinion on Kennedy and Mary Jo, eh, Tom?

  5. Lang Keith says:

    Due process is what one gets in a courtroom or in an ethics hearing. There is no such thing as due process in the court of public opinion. Hamilton has admitted that the e mails he sent and received from ODU are authentic. He might be able to wiggle out of an ethics investigation or criminal charges on some technicality but as far as the public is concerned, and rightfully so, he is a grifter. Sorta like the public's opinion and your opinion on Kennedy and Mary Jo, eh, Tom?

  6. Sabrina says:

    I might have empathized with had you not convieniently forgotten what

  7. Sabrina says:

    I might have empathized with had you not convieniently forgotten what

  8. Sabrina says:

    I might have empathized with you had you not convieniently forgotten what Mr. Hamilton was accused of. I must admit though you are an EXCELLENT finger pointer!!

  9. Sabrina says:

    I might have empathized with you had you not convieniently forgotten what Mr. Hamilton was accused of. I must admit though you are an EXCELLENT finger pointer!!

  10. Nan Moses says:

    Hamilton may have done good things but does the community really want someone representing them who is a liar and, basically, a thief? I suppose the answer to that is “no.” Thankfully. He used his position for personal enurement – he gained cash money for spreading around taxpayer funds to those who paid him cash money and the like. The record is clear. Due process is made available to those charged with a crime – which may indeed happen to him in the future. Stating the facts and leaving it to the voters to decide is what happened. And the voters decided he was not fit to serve in the House. As a legislator, responsible for holding the purse strings, there is no higher crime that is directly related to his job. Other crimes you mentioned do not relate directly to his job of vice-chair of House Appropriations and elected official. This did. And to top it off, his wife Kim, is employed (for now) by a state institution, CNU, to raise funds for a golf tournament sponsored by the very corporations that sought favor with the Delegate. Surely CNU will figure out her worth is now zero or close. Sadly, Hamilton will probably secure a cushy job appointment as a bone from his political allies or a lobbying position. Sickening. Voters should watch out for that and tell him and potential employers he has no business back in Richmond. We need to work together to clean up this kind of corruption, because we can be sure this is not the only example of inappropriate and unethical behavior at the Capitol.

  11. Nan Moses says:

    Hamilton may have done good things but does the community really want someone representing them who is a liar and, basically, a thief? I suppose the answer to that is “no.” Thankfully. He used his position for personal enurement – he gained cash money for spreading around taxpayer funds to those who paid him cash money and the like. The record is clear. Due process is made available to those charged with a crime – which may indeed happen to him in the future. Stating the facts and leaving it to the voters to decide is what happened. And the voters decided he was not fit to serve in the House. As a legislator, responsible for holding the purse strings, there is no higher crime that is directly related to his job. Other crimes you mentioned do not relate directly to his job of vice-chair of House Appropriations and elected official. This did. And to top it off, his wife Kim, is employed (for now) by a state institution, CNU, to raise funds for a golf tournament sponsored by the very corporations that sought favor with the Delegate. Surely CNU will figure out her worth is now zero or close. Sadly, Hamilton will probably secure a cushy job appointment as a bone from his political allies or a lobbying position. Sickening. Voters should watch out for that and tell him and potential employers he has no business back in Richmond. We need to work together to clean up this kind of corruption, because we can be sure this is not the only example of inappropriate and unethical behavior at the Capitol.

  12. Tom White says:

    There are many legislators with jobs at state Universities. If I had the opportunity to hire a Delegate or someone off the street, I would probably go with the delegate.

    In a non election year, this is not even an issue.

    Delegates make less than $18,000 and must have other jobs. This situation was hyped beyond it’s worth.

    I will say, however, that a delegate should avoid something that can be seen as improper. If in doubt, I am sure it could be cleared in advance with the ethics committee.

    The voters obviously thought it was enough to throw Hamilton out and replace him with one of the worst candidates running. Fortunately, Ms. Abbott will be a member of a small minority and, therefore, irrelevant. She will be gone in 2011.

    But I do not believe Phil lied or stole anything. It is wrong to say things like that without proof.

  13. Tom White says:

    There are many legislators with jobs at state Universities. If I had the opportunity to hire a Delegate or someone off the street, I would probably go with the delegate.

    In a non election year, this is not even an issue.

    Delegates make less than $18,000 and must have other jobs. This situation was hyped beyond it’s worth.

    I will say, however, that a delegate should avoid something that can be seen as improper. If in doubt, I am sure it could be cleared in advance with the ethics committee.

    The voters obviously thought it was enough to throw Hamilton out and replace him with one of the worst candidates running. Fortunately, Ms. Abbott will be a member of a small minority and, therefore, irrelevant. She will be gone in 2011.

    But I do not believe Phil lied or stole anything. It is wrong to say things like that without proof.

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