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Dems Blast Cook Speech

Sandhya Somashekhar

Fairfax County Democratic Chairman Scott Surovell has written a scathing critique of the speech that John C. Cook (R) made last week when he was sworn in as the new Braddock District representative on the Board of Supervisors.

In his impassioned speech, Cook called it a "moral outrage" that illegal boarding houses exist in Fairfax County. In criticizing the county's efforts to buy affordable housing complexes, he invoked the notorious public housing project Cabrini Green, saying "we do not need to bring that kind of blight to the center of Fairfax County."

In his blog entry today, Surovell accuses Cook of "race-baiting" and "law and order demogoguery."

Today, Cook said his speech was optimistic and positive. "There was absolutely nothing racist about it and I would take great offense to that suggestion," he said.

See the speech here (about 10 minutes in) and Surovell's blog entry here.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  March 25, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Cook talked about all the great programs he wants to preserve in the budget and programs the Board should fund, but he is a Grover Norquist clone lip syncing "No taxes". How does he think these things get paid for?

Posted by: NovaVotes | March 25, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Cook, nor any Republican, has ever said "No taxes". Get your facts straight.

As for how to pay for the programs Cook wants to protect? Easy: by eliminating other programs that don't make sense. We've committed to spending $20 million a year on affordable housing, in addition to using our bonding authority to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to buy up units. Scaling back or eliminating this foolhardy program will go a long way to preventing the elimination of over 150 public safety positions, among other things.

Posted by: VABlogger | March 25, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Affordable housing programs in Fairfax County succeed at providing lower income residents a chance at home ownership in an expensive real estate market. It is a market that has failed to provide low cost opportunities, which is why the government is involved in the first place. Program benefits include giving service employees and low paid civil servants the choice to live in the community where they work.

The folks who want to socialize risk and privatize profit were the first ones running to government for solutions when the banks failed. It is the same figures promising private sector solutions where only failures have been noted in the past. And now their answer to the Fairfax County budget crisis is to abolish affordable housing programs while demonizing boarding houses and publicly owned housing. When will we learn?

Posted by: nohorseinthisrace | March 25, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

If low income housing is so important then why are there so many vacant units in Fairfax? Why are we building and buying more when there are plenty of units available, with no waiting list?

And what market has failed to produce low income alternatives? Do you have any idea how many foreclosures and short sales are out there right now? I just bought a perfectly good condo for about $70,000 less than what my neighbors paid a year before I bought. I'm not a rich person either!

Posted by: alan8228 | March 26, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

First VABlogger "Cook, nor any Republican, has ever said "No taxes". Get your facts straight." -- numerous Republicans have called for the abolishment of the IRS, most recently and notably Ron Paul.

If you want to distance yourself from such extreme positions that is great, welcome over, but on this side of the crazy line we also understand something is not false just because you want it to be.

Second alan8228 -- There is a waiting list, and to think that a short term drop in housing prices brought on by an economic crisis means there is no longer a need for affordable housing is not based in sound reasoning.

Posted by: NovaVotes | March 27, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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