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War of Words Between Favola, Areizaga-Soto Continues

by ARLnow.com July 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm 4,868 29 Comments

The war of words between Democratic state Senate candidates Barbara Favola and Jaime Areizaga-Soto continued today.

Following Areizaga-Soto’s criticism of Favola’s campaign contributors, and the recent release of new fundraising disclosures, Favola’s campaign went on the offensive today and attacked the source of the $160,000 in personal funds Areizaga-Soto loaned to his own campaign.

The Favola campaign issued the following press release this afternoon:

Jaime Areizaga-Soto and his supporters continue to attack Barbara Favola and her campaign contributors.  As an elected official, Barbara has always been 100% transparent with her voting record, expenses, campaign contributions and expenditures. Today, the Favola campaign is asking Mr. Areizaga-Soto to meet that same standard.

“Jaime is self-funding his campaign with an unprecedented amount of personal money. He calls himself a ‘self-made man’ and we respect that.” said Adam Scott Favola’s Campaign Manager,” But we also think voters have a right to know how he made himself.”

According to his resume, Jaime Areizaga-Soto worked for some of the world’s largest corporate law firms and “major international corporations.”  His resume also says he was “lead attorney” for development projects involving “gas-fired power plants, electricity turbines, toll-roads, oil and gas pipelines, electricity transmission lines and refineries.”

“The international developers and corporations, where Jaime made himself, prioritize profits over people and Barbara Favola has never done that.” Adam Scott.

Areizaga-Soto, meanwhile, responded by telling ARLnow.com that the money he loaned to his campaign was the result of hard work and diligent savings.

“My opponent has the advantage of $25,000 checks from developers she green-lit for multi-million dollar projects, as well as thousands of dollars from a funder that has given over $175,000 to right-wing republicans like Ken Cuccinelli,” he said in a brief emailed statement. “I’ve worked hard all my life and saved diligently. I’m grateful to have the ability and honored to make the investment in the opportunity to serve in the Virginia Senate.”

  • Enough already

    Would both of them just stop it, for crying outloud! We’re all sick of the sniping. Blah, blah, blah….

  • PikerShorts

    Oh snap

  • John Fontain

    Candidates should be lauded for using their own money rather than that of special interests. And yet here we have Favola criticizing her opponent for NOT taking money from special interests?

    Is her press release the work of “The Onion”?

    • doodly

      That standard just makes the candidate a “special interest” and means only rich people can easily run for office.

    • All the same

      Don’t get me wrong, I can’t stand Favola. I want nothing more than to see her fall smack down on her face. Having said that….her point is how exactly is he a self-made man. I don’t think it matters in this case but if was funding his campaign with dirty money or something, that’s a different story. But that kind of thing wouldn’t happen in Arlington….Right?

      • LyonParkVoter

        Huh? I think you and Barbara have been watching one too many movies. On what basis or how do you jump to that ridiculous conclusion? Candidates must declare their funding sources and would be personally liable for any misstatements. Clearly a weak attempt to try and distract from 85%+ of her donations have come from developers and three senators. More realistically, special interests don’t just donate money without expect favors later for their “investment.”

        • Really?

          Not if their funding is personal finances?

          “Jaime is self-funding his campaign with an unprecedented amount of personal money. He calls himself a ‘self-made man’ and we respect that.” said Adam Scott Favola’s Campaign Manager,” But we also think voters have a right to know how he made himself.”

          That’s the point.

  • bob

    I don’t have a dog in this fight, but how does a project finance attorney get the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters? Disconnect?

    • Observer

      Huh? Alfonso Lopez, a candidate for the 49th District got the LCV endorsement based on his long history of work and interest in environmental issues and his answers to their questionnaire.

      LCV did not endorse in the Areizaga-Soto v. Favola race.

  • (another) Greg

    Both of them need to shut it up already.

  • willy

    Whats wrong with financing your own campaign? Its not like this is purchasing a California U.S. Senate race. Its just a state senate seat. Also, whats wrong with working for companies who make profits? Barbara, thats what most of Arlington voters do. So, lets not insult the American way.

  • Babs takes money from Advanced Towing, so if you’ve been towed in Arlington, chances are you’ve given her money too!

    • Disenfranchised in Cherrydale

      Reason number 638 to vote for the other guy. The County could fund about 60% of its entire budget by sitting within three blocks of Advanced Towing’s lot and pulling them over for each traffic violation they commit. Those idiots are invariably driving far too fast on neighborhood streets.

  • nauckneighbor

    I’m just glad I don’t live in the 31st district because I don’t think either of these people deserve it. Jamie is collecting money from lawyers who rank the same as real estate developers for me, and that is also how he made his money. I recently saw both of them speak and nothing was impressing. Jamie seems like he’s being micromanaged by his campaign team and isn’t an eloquent speaker (ie. lisp or broken english, not that I’m juding). Barbara feels like she should just be annointed to the position. She hid in the corner at the Virginia Partisans Straw Poll and pretty much ran out after she lost. That’s childish and shows Barbara’s lack of political skills.

    If you look at the 30th District they are actually campaigning on issues and are acting quite civil with each other. I’m rooting for Adam Ebbin due to his extensive experience in Virginia State Politics but would be happy with any of the individuals running.

    • Stu Pendus

      I won’t jude you on your spelling either.

  • charlie

    this is a huge mistaken. whoever wins will be hard pressed to get the votes of the loser. and then the republican moneybags from Mclean will take it all.
    i remember when we were represented by mclean interests. not good.

  • Skeptical

    I never thought I’d be stumping for Favola, but at least we *know* who has her ear, and a bunch of local developers can only do so much damage filtered through the issues she will engage with down in Richmond.

    Jaime is not so transparent a matter. Why does he want it so much? A hundred and sixty grand is not chump change to most of us. I really don’t see him flourishing even the local credentials that sailed Favola into office back when it was all about Home Depot in Clarendon, yea or nay. Why do a bunch of donors back in Puerto Rico care enough about our Virginia affairs to supply about half his outside donations? What’s the agenda here? I am very, very… well, skeptical.

    • LyonParkVoter

      Jaime had to turn to friends and family, which include those in his native Puerto Rico. What is so nefarious about that? What is the transparency issue you are concerned about or that you are alleging? That he is lying that he used his hard earned personal savings? Jaime has been very active in the Democratic Party for decades now. Nothing questionable that he finally decides to run for public office as many have done before. He and his supporters clearly think he is the better candidate and can better represent the interests of all of his constituents in the 31st instead of being the candidate imposed by the “Democratic Elders” on the voters and that represents the same old way of doing business with glaring conflicts of interest.

      • Skeptical

        I’m not alleging any lies about where the money came from. I just don’t understand why a young man with family obligations wants this so badly that he is willing to risk this amount in personal assets. His outside donations about equal what Favola has spent. I’ll grant she has the advantage of visibility from a decade in elected office, but since that’s her advantage, I’d want the 57 or so fliers I’ve gotten from Jaime’s campaign to say a lot more specific about him and his “active” history in the party, instead of repeating the same allegations about Favola over and over.

        We know what Babs wants from political office. What does Jaime want? Please don’t anyone try to convince me that any politician waging such an aggressive, negative and expensive campaign is just passionate about saving us from the Dark Lords Of The Sith. My working hypothesis, at this point, is that there is some sort of lust for position and influence at work, which doesn’t sound like a great upgrade from Favola..

        I actually wanted him to be someone I could get behind, but his campaign has so far concentrated on telling me (until I am nearly deaf) that he is some generic great guy that will “fight” for me and that Barbara Favola sucks. I’d rather read a lot more about his ideas on how to negotiate with the down-staters for what the area needs and whatever his history might be up to now of producing consensus.

  • LyonParkVoter

    Thanks Barbara for a great laugh today and underscoring why you should not be elected Senator. You criticize Jaime for quitting his job and spending his hard earned personal savings on his campaign yet you are unwilling to resign from your County job and continue to accept large donations from developers and other special interests that appear before the Board. In order for Jaime to get his campaign off the ground, he obviously had to tap into his savings since he didn’t have the luxury of time to raise enough money quickly or more importantly, he didn’t have a few members of the Democratic leadership continue to try and ram Favola down our throats giving 25% of her donations and another 60% rolling in from special interests. That should be sufficient to convince voters that it is time for change.

  • Truthteller

    The idea that somehow Jaime living the American dream, making some money and then investing some of it into a bid to be the first Latino State Senator in the Commonwealth is somehow offensive or nefarious is ludicrous. Jaime is a Reserve Colonel and was vetted before being made a political appointee as an attorney in USAID. If you don’t think the administration vetted him pretty carefully before appointing him, you’ve got another thing coming.

    Right now Barb Favola is acting like she is somehow entitled to this job and anyone who dare criticize her progressive credentials is somehow an evil outsider. She started the whisper campaign and she needs to knock off the negativity. If she is SOO overwhelmingly qualified that she doesn’t believe it is legitimate to oppose her or question her progressive credentials, why does she even feel the need to go negative?

  • ArlWoman

    I am ready to cast my vote. Did I miss the debate or is this all there is? Disappointed.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Hmmm. Areizaga-Soto is new blood, which we need, IMO. Favola seems too entrenched with the developers, special interests, Advanced Towing, etc. Still, a picture seems to illustrate the relations between the two of them.

    • LyonParkVoter

      LOL. Sadly, the picture reflects what occurred last night when after Ron Bleeker, Chairman of the Dranesville District Democratic Committee thanked everyone and reminded them to unite behind the winner, Favola actually refused to shake Jaime’s hand and tried, like your picture, to slap it away. She should come out and say today that she will support Jaime in November once he wins the primary. Clearly Barbara is not fit to serve.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Hey LyonParkVoter,

        Glad you liked the picture. I’m an Independent who has been unhappy with both Democrats and Republicans for some time. The only dog I have in this fight is that Favola is “old blood” and my personal opinion is that it is time for new blood. Same goes for the whole Arlington County Board. They’ve all been there too long. That’s why I would vote for anyone opposing her; although she is running for the VA Senate, not the Board, I’m voting that it is time for her to go, period. Since the other national political party seems to only have no-way-they-can-win candidates in this area (when they even bring someone out), I either vote Green Party or for the Democrat challenger.

      • Ann

        Are you Lyon Park Voter planted on this site to speak for Jaime? You seem to have so much insider information…

  • ChrisG


    did you guys see this? Time for Babs to go.

    • FedUp

      If true, it could be her “macaca” moment. I hope someone recorded it.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Agree. Time for Favola to step aside for new blood. I don’t agree with many of the stands on issues of Areizaga-Soto, but her action at this meeting iced the cake for me. And I’m and Independent who has been unhappy with both the Dems and the Pubs for a long time and for different reasons.


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