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Gary Baise and Heroin

Bill Turque

Some Fairfax County Democrats are still buzzing about Gary H. Baise's likening of illegal immigration to the heroin trade at his Sept. 18 Chamber of Commerce debate with Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D).

Baise, Connolly's Republican challenger, said the two phenomena were driven by the same basic laws of supply and demand. In the case of illegal immigration, he said, that meant people crossing the border in pursuit of jobs unavailable at home. Baise said he never meant to suggest that the problems were morally equivalent, and that he was just reaching for a dramatic way of framing the issue.

"Lord, no," he said.

The first-time candidate was called out by Fairfax Supervisor Penelope A. Gross (D-Mason), who described Baise's comments "jaw-dropping."

"He suggested a task force could solve illegal immigration in a humane way, but his heroin comment belied any sense of humanity in that approach," she wrote in her column in The Falls Church News-Press. "People at my table were dumbfounded that a candidate who wanted to lead Fairfax County would take such a negative attitude..."

By Bill Turque  |  September 28, 2007; 7:36 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Debates , Election 2007 , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Immigration  
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I think he has a good point. The same way people say that America is addicted to oil.

Posted by: Jabbar | September 30, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

And one more thing. Didn't D.C. vote for a crack head mayor twice and President Bush did cocaine in college. What is it with drugs and your state?

Posted by: Jabbar | September 30, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

We HAVE to crack down on illegal immigration. I've lived here for 15 years and what a decline in my quality of life.

Poor illegal Hispanics lining the roads and 7-11's looking for work like prostitutes. They can't afford to live here so they crowd into houses - with 10 cars on the street and front lawn. Huge amounts of trash.

Along Columbia Pike (near the bike path that I ride) it used to be beautiful. Now there's trash and poor illegal Hispanics passed out along the bike path, hanging in the streets. Look at the Fairfax County Police releases. You'll find weekly incidents right there around Bailey's Crossroads of Hispanics attacking, battering, and raping people. This was NOT happening a few years ago.

It's just a BIG mess. They come here because getting paid $250/week and living 20 to a house is much better than life at home. Free school for their kids. Food stamps (for their American born children). Great infrastructure.

The problem is that if you're one of the unlucky ones living in or near where the new "poverty zones" have been established (and spreading), life is like Tijuana.

What do you expect - we've got third world people on third world wages now living among us. It's expanding and will continue to expand. Life here is better - even if you don't have a job.

Fairfax needs to address this problem. I've considered moving out primarily because I'm getting tired of the 3rd world-like conditions spreading - AND not knowing when it will end or how bad it will get.

Posted by: Becky Lewis | September 30, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

This is the same [Washington Post] which launched a campaign over one word, "macaca" to drive a US Senator from office.

It will not surprise me they will do everything to make something out of nothing in order to protect officeholders they, on the other hand, are going to endorse eventually and want to stay in office like Mr. Connelly.

Actually, there is considerable linkeage between illegal aliens and other contraband, much of it either human or narcotic in nature. Do-Nothing-Politicians from the federal level down to commonwealth/local perpetuate this underground drug/human smuggling structure on our border by their "magnet" policies; by their hand-wringing, lack of resolve or in some cases, outright foolish actions such as building taxpayer-funded labor centers primarily for illegal aliens or issuing them driver's licenses and in-state tuition benefits.

To cross illegally from Mexican territory into the US, where the great majority of illegal crossings and violation of Federal Immigration law occur, one necessarily engages an intricate, illicit system of human smuggling, run by "coyotes" and others. They interchangeably run farm workers, prostitutes, Salvadoran gang members and drugs, etc. across this system, utilizing the same people managing it, day in and day out.

One night Pedro Montalvo and his companeros will traffic in heroin and marijuana, the next day he will take up to "El Norte" a group of 10 Latin American illegals, and next day he may run some Mainland Chinese prostitutes bound for New York City. Whatever makes money and avoids our Department of Homeland Security.

It is one big mess. The Washington Post, and Look-The-Other-Way office-holders in Fairfax County and elsewhere with their de-facto sanctuary policies, ignoring the 800-pound elephant in the room and who are allowing the illegal immigration situation to fester, would be well advised to reflect on these basic facts regularly. The voters in our area have only so much patience on this issue. What electorally is happening in Herndon, Manassas Park, Loudoun, Culpeper, Winchester, and Prince William, could well make it's way to even Fairfax County.

Posted by: PerryComo | September 30, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Gerry has this race locked up. Gary's campaign's fundraising has been below average and is now out of money. Nice Baise.

Posted by: Loudoun Veteran | October 1, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it against the rules for a county government official (Penny Gross) to be writing a public column, under her title as a a county supervisor, which provides political commentary on local elections to the board she serves on?

Posted by: Disillushioned Independent | October 4, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Gary Baise's comments re illegal aliens are right on the mark. I take serious issue with comments made by Connolly that he "welcomes illegals to Fairfax County". I have news for Mr. Connolly. This county is not his to give away and no one appointed him monarch. I am sick and tired of hearing the Dems pander to the illegals and their supporters, at the expense of legal residents, taxpayers and voters.

I was a Democrat but will vote for the person I believe will enforce the federal laws and send the illegals packing. Tuesday, I will not be voting for the Dems.

Posted by: Pat | November 4, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

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