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Blogger Sanders DID Meet Congressman Wittman at the Hanover Tomato Festival!

I hinted last week that I might have met our new Congressman, Rob Wittman and my readers also know I am not, to say the least, crazy about it.

But at the Tomato Festival, our midsummer party to the most wonderful fruit or vegetable in the world:  The Hanover Tomato, I did meet the Congressman and had a fairly lengthy conversation with him.

I tried to ask some good questions and I can only hope I can recall the details – well, maybe not every detail because it was not intended for publication but I did find out several useful things:

  • Congressman Wittman was a scientist before he entered politics (I went to for some details) and worked in environmental health and shellfish protection – yes shellfish – and has a Ph.D in public policy (VCU) but a master’s in Public Health (UNC), too.
  • Rob is against the TPP and even voted against even awarding the Trade Promotion Authority to the President.
  • The Congressman is concerned about the sovereignty aspects of the TPP.  I was glad to see this position.
  • I liked his position on the filibuster – Wittman contends the Senate rule ought to be changed back to the pre-60 vote days and if you want to filibuster you ought to have to do the Jefferson Smith talkathon to stop a bill.
  • Yes Rob Wittman is running for Governor and he wants to get in there to work with the legislature – not fight it like the present one does.  While Rob is against the blanket voting rights for felons and he would prefer the case-by-case approach.  (I think the governor has the power but used it poorly but should have instead worked with the General Assembly to implement it properly and I told Wittman that.)  I will look into his campaign.  I discussed the need for a statewide public defender system (that was how I found out about his science background.) but the gubernatorial hopeful did not commit.
  • No, Congressman Wittman is not seeking membership in the Freedom Caucus but he discusses matters with Cong. Dave Brat.

It was a lot longer a talk than I expected but I came away with a greater respect for Hanover’s new congressman.  And he DOES have a Democrat opponent (in the interest of fairness, here’s Matt Rowe’s site) and even an Independent Green (Gail Parker) whose important issue is favoring high speed rail.  So I will vote Wittman this election.

Want more proof – here’s the picture!


The picture actually turned out well for me!

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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