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Mudslinging Continues as Favola Accused of ‘Racism’

by ARLnow.com August 15, 2011 at 11:53 am 5,986 282 Comments

The 31st District state Senate race is muddier than the racing piglets after yesterday’s downpours. It’s gotten so bad that even Fox News has taken note of the intraparty quarreling.

In the latest round of mudslinging, Barbara Favola is being accused of making “racist comments” regarding the electability of her Democratic primary opponent, Jaime Areizaga-Soto — a charge she is calling “flat out untrue.”

Local Democratic blogger and Areizaga-Soto supporter Lowell Feld says he received a call from Favola last week in which Favola — thinking she was talking to a potential voter and not a vocal online critic — implied that Areizaga-Soto was unelectable because few Latinos live in the 31st District. Favola reportedly also noted that many of the donations to the Areizaga-Soto campaign have come from the candidate’s friends and family in Puerto Rico.

A chorus of elected Areizaga-Soto supporters condemned Favola’s reported remarks.

“I urge all Democrats — and especially my fellow Democratic elected officials — to condemn Barbara Favola’s racist statements that Jaime Areizaga-Soto cannot win or effectively represent us because of his ethnicity,” said Del. David Englin in a statement. “I expect Favola’s campaign will dismiss my comments because my wife is a paid consultant for Areizaga-Soto. However, regardless of my wife’s role in this election, racism is unacceptable, and Democratic voters, activists, and leaders should reject it.”

“It is the same thinking that drove attacks on John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama,” said Del. Scott Surovell. “To suggest that someone like Jaime Areizaga-Soto is unelectable in Northern Virginia because he is Hispanic is not just wrong, it runs counter to our experience in the House of Delegates, the broader nation, and common sense.”

“I can’t think of any justifiable reason why anyone — particularly a Democratic officeholder — would say such things about an ethnic minority candidate,” said Del. Mark Keam.

Favola’s campaign, meanwhile, is fighting back by accusing the Areizaga-Soto campaign of “sink[ing] to a new low.”

“I am deeply saddened by the latest false attacks from Jaime Areizaga-Soto and his supporters,” Favola said in a statement. “It’s an egregious assault on my character and the values I live by in my personal and public life.”

“Jaime Areizaga-Soto and his supporters have made outrageous allegations at me throughout this campaign, but these accusations of racism are flat out untrue,” Favola added. “Mr. Areizaga-Soto and his supporters have sunk to a new low in Northern Virginia Democratic politics”

Favola campaign manager Adam Scott called the accusations of racism “irresponsible.”

“This started with a local blogger — one of Jaime’s biggest supporters — who has hurled baseless accusations against Barbara throughout the campaign,” Scott said. “He admitted his account of his recent phone call with Barbara was only the best of his recollection. Now, Mr. Areizaga-Soto’s campaign sponsored website, staff, and supporters have leveled allegations based on hearsay and comments taken out of context.  It’s completely irresponsible.”

Update at 2:15 p.m. — Jaime Areizaga-Soto campaign has issued a statement: “My campaign is about fighting for our entire community. I’ve lived the American dream and I’m disappointed that my opponent thinks so little of the voters of the 31st that she’d think mentioning my ethnic background would win her votes. It’s worth noting that Favola has not denied the acts, merely the interpretation. I’m grateful to the five Delegates for speaking out – including two who have not endorsed me in this race.”

  • Just the facts

    Mark Keam was the first to denounce the comments and he has not endorsed in this race. Patrick Hope, who has also declined to endorse, also condemned the comments. This is not a matter of only those who support Jaime weighing in–please get your reporting right.

    • LesDav18

      Just the Facts? Give me a break.
      Surrovell and Kory have endorsed Jaime.
      David Englin has endorsed Jaime and has a financial interest in his campaign. And let’s be clear, that’s not because Shayna is his wife, it’s because he is a principal of Englin Consulting, who Jaime lists on his campaign finance reports.

      And If they are so offended, why did they wait until Mark Keam made a statement? It’s so obviously a desperate tactic in the final week of the campaign.

      • Blue Virginia

        And what did Del. Mark Keam say exactly? Here’s an excerpt:

        “Attacking a candidate’s ethnic, racial, or other traits — including gender — is simply wrong and there’s no place in our political process for that. It is particularly hurtful when such allegations surface in a Democratic Party, the Party I joined because of its efforts to open the doors wide for all of us.”

        The entire statement is here: http://bluevirginia.us/diary/4642/del-mark-keam-rips-barbara-favolas-offensive-comments-about-latinos-puerto-rico-donations

        • LesDav18

          Let’s be clear, there are two things at issue here:

          1) Mark Keam posted his comments in response to YOUR account of the phone call. Sure he issued a strong statement, but it is all based on your words. And Hopes comment was also in response to Keam’s statement.

          2) Once this came up, the Englins saw they had one last chance to salvage their losing campaign and Surrovell, Kory and Englin issued their statements.

          Pathetic.

          • Blue Virginia

            You can keep trying to make this about something other than Favola’s – and her allies – comments over many months now, to many MANY people, that Jaime Areizaga-Soto is unelectable because there are few Latinos in the district. I’m confident that most 31st District residents, smart people that they are, will see exactly what you’re trying to do (e.g., change the subject). Clever though, in a Karl Rove kinda way.

          • Jim B

            Many, many people? Where are you getting this from? Any documentation?

          • Bemused bystander

            BV — There are two pending requests farther down the comments stream asking for documentation of your claim that Favola and her allies have been saying around that Jaime is unelectable. You have responded to other posts in the last half hour but not those. Still waiting for the kind of specific evidence that you often, and not unfairly, request from others who make gossipy claims.

          • EvainArl

            Yes, thankfully the residents of the 31st district ARE smart.  And we can see through exactly what YOU are trying to do.  Barbara has lived here for nearly 30 years and has been a truly outstanding member of our community, really made a difference in people’s lives.  She’s earned our trust and will withstand these attacks.  It’s a shame, because Jaime seems like a great guy.  Too bad you and the rest of his supporters have conducted yourselves in this shameless manner. 

          • John Fontain

            I think you meant shameful.

          • EvainArl

            Indeed I did.

        • Jim B

          These Delegates should have been much more careful about charging someone with racism. They just went off of the word of Jaime’s biggest supporter? No audio? No transcript?

          Surprised they would say something so loaded with so little to go by.

          • Blue Virginia

            There’s as close to a transcript as I could provide. No, there’s no audio, as I don’t have a Nixon White House recording system set up at my house. If you’d like to chip in for one, that would be great, but barring that….heh, just kidding on the Nixon-style recording system.

          • Foot in Mouth

            Seems to me you were more concerned that Favola didn’t realize it was you-and after telling this story to Jaime and his paid consultants they were able to put a racist spin on it.

            Then after posting all the Delegates comments on your blog, accusing racism, you make the point that you never said that, basically hanging them (those that support Jaime or have a financial stake in him winning) out to dry. They must be real happy every time you repeat that you never called it racist considering you were the ONLY one to actually know what was said.

          • Arlington Matt

            Seriously. They took the words from a local blogger that is one of Jaime’s big time supporters and immediately called her a racist. Did the Delegates ever call her to get her story before going public? No one has answered that question.

    • Disappointed Voter

      The Englin’s have been running dirty smear campaigns all summer. I’ve never seen a more negative campaign’s than Jaime’s in all my life. I saw on the notlarrysabatoblog that Shayna Englin called Libby Garvey a “cancer widow”. Simply disgusting.

      I can’t in good conscience support Jaime. I am appalled that he surrounds himself with such people.

      • Shayna never called Libby that. She made a typo in a tweet and immediately deleted it. Ben was quick on the draw and posted a screen shot of the offending tweet. Shayna then posted an apology and explanation, and even called Libby on her cell phone to apologize.

        Favola’s supporters may find it productive or entertaining to spend their time bashing “the Englins” and suggesting that Shayna and I are personally responsible for the downfall of civilization. However, candidates are ultimately responsible for what comes out of their campaigns.

        • James

          Now it’s a typo?? That’s not what she said then. How exactly is “cancer widow” a typo? What was she trying to type? You gonna blame auto-correct next? Don’t insult our intelligence, David. Do yourself a favor and stop with the knee-jerk asinine defenses. You not doing her or yourself any favors.

          • She intended to type “cancer & widow” in reference to Libby’s own explanation of her biography. She was responding to Libby’s criticism of Rob discussing his biography by noting that Adam always mentions that he’s gay and Libby always mentions that she’s a widow and a cancer survivor. (If you’re a 30th District Democratic primary voter, you’ve received multiple mailings from Libby focused on her biography as a widow and a cancer survivor.) If you have a problem with that portrayal of Libby, then your beef is with her, not Shayna.

  • Aaron

    Babs looks unusually disheveled in this photo. Aren’t you constitutionally obligated to always use her Glamour Shots by Deb pic when running a story about her?

    • Louise

      So sexist. Would you ever comment on a male candidate’s looks? Enough.

      • Rosslynite

        I suppose you would object if I said I think Theo Stamos is hot and that is why I am voting for her?

        • Bemused bystander

          Yup.

          • Rosslynite

            That’s funny, because I do not think she would object.

          • normal

            Why don’t you ask her?

          • Rosslynite

            Because I don’t want Craig Esherick to go all Meat Loaf on me.

          • Aaron

            I will pay the way … for you to say it to her face.

          • Rosslynite

            Maybe I could pull it off if I said it in reverse: “Theo, you definitely have my vote. I think you’re hot.” She would probably be too flummoxed by the comment to have much of a negative reaction. What politician wants to alienate someone who says they will vote her, even if that voter is being a bit of a douche?

      • normal

        Actually, there were some nice snarky comments about a male candidate’s looks last week on this forum.

  • Just the facts

    It’s also noteworthy that Favola has NOT DENIED MAKING THE COMMENTS! All that she has denied is that the comments were racist. Your readers can decide for themselves whether her comments that Jaime shouldn’t receive support in the 31st because he is Latino, and that all of his donations “come from Puerto Rico,” are racist.

    • Josh S

      That’s the line. Did she say he “shouldn’t” receive support or that he “wouldn’t” receive support. HUGE difference.

    • normal

      It’s not racist to argue that a candidate can’t win because a group that is expected to support him is small. It’s just an observation. And expecting Latinos to vote for a Latino is also not racist, since racial and ethnic groups often throw their support to a candidate based on that.

      • John Fontain

        “It’s not racist to argue that a candidate can’t win because a group that is expected to support him is small. It’s just an observation.”

        But her alleged statement (to the effect of, “Jaime is Latino and has no base in this district, [because] there are almost no Latinos living here”) presupposes that non-Latinos won’t vote for him because he is Latino. Therein lies the problem; why would she assume that whites won’t vote for a Latino candidate?

        • normal

          She’s not assuming that, she’s basing it on actual past voting patterns.

          Look, I agree that it would be racist to assume that about an individual voter. I’d sure be mad if someone looked at me and assumed it because I’m white (and they’d be wrong too). But this comment was about voting trends. It’s unfortunate that race and ethnicity are part of politics, but they are, and it’s not automatically racist to observe that they are.

          • John Fontain

            When you are in a hole, the first thing you should do is stop digging. Trust me, what you are arguing sounds really bad and it’s embarrassing for you that you can’t see it. Here, let me change a variable for you to make it more clear:

            “Nobody’s going to vote for that guy, he’s black!!”

          • normal

            Seriously, John, get your head out of your own hole. It’s perfectly normal to make such observations. You’ve never said that a candidate has no hope in a particular place due to his race? Of course you have. Political commentators do it all the time.

            For instance, if I’m standing in Alabama, yeah, I’d say Obama has no chance of winning because he’s black.

            Making an observation about a behavior isn’t the same thing as endorsing the behavior.

          • John Fontain

            I’ll try one last time for you. Tell me, seriously, if you think it would look bad for a candidate for, say, president of the US to say this of his opponent:

            “Nobody’s going to vote for her, she’s a woman!!”

          • normal

            So should people say “Romney can’t win because he’s a Mormon”? I can come up with as many counterexamples.

            I would say that it would be stupid for a candidate to say that about a woman, but I wouldn’t say it means he hates women.

          • TGEoA

            Half

          • Curious

            Funny, but when was the last time a Latino even ran in the 31st district? So what voting pattern are you talking about? And at least in Arlington, the portions of the district at issue have in fact voted overwhelmingly for Walter Tejada and Ingrid Morroy (who is not Latino, but is a minority). So, exactly what trend are you talking about, specifically, in that district?

          • normal

            I didn’t say she was right about the trend. But the trend is clear nationwide, if not in Arlington.

          • John Fontain

            You must have one of those new-fangled bicycles that peddle backwards. Cool!

          • normal

            So you’re saying that it’s a ridiculous statement that voters tend to vote by race or ethnicity? Get your head out of your butt. It’s quite common. If you want to say that it’s not a factor in Arlington, that’s fine – just say she’s wrong about it in Arlington. Don’t call her racist for it.

          • normal

            And as I should have mentioned, the 31st is only part of Arlington, and includes some more white parts of Fairfax County. But it’s racist to even talk about it.

          • nobody

            Maybe the real question isn’t whether the comments are right or wrong. The real questions shoud be “What was her motivation for making them?” or “What did she hope to gain from raising this particular aspect of the contest?” or “What does she believe about the constituency she wants to serve?”

    • LesDav18

      Right, because all of this is based on Lowell’s version of the story. Do you read Blue Virginia? He’s been attacking her for months. Why should we take his version at face value???

    • Get Real

      She has totally denied Lowell’s “recollection” of the call. This is a trumped up charge. Enough already.

      • Curious

        As one of Virginia’s leading political bloggers, and a generally accurate one, Lowell has nothing to gain from lying about his conversation with Barbara Favola. While there may be different spins on it, I have no doubt it occurred.

        • Blue Virginia

          “I have no doubt it occurred.”

          Which it did. I stand by my account of Barbara’s call 100%. If Favola supporters don’t want to believe it, that’s their right, although they’re completely deluding themselves. Everyone else, though, should look at the totality of this campaign, as well as the two candidates’ records, and make up their minds accordingly.

    • Arlington Voter

      Right to the first responder to your comment. Did she say “Jaime shouldn’t receive support in the 31st because he is Latino,” as you say, or did she say he is “unelectable because few Latinos live in the 31st District,” which is what this article states as the recollection of the person who was called? This is a critical distinction.

      – Yes, it is morally wrong to imply that only or primarily Latinos would vote for Jaime. The converse of that statement means that Barbara thinks non-Latinos will not vote for a Latino. That is ridiculous, and I think particularly in Arlington where so many people despise racism and value our multicultural society. If the callee is remembering Barbara’s statement accurately, then she was characterizing Arlingtonians as racist, which I believe is incorrect and certainly is offensive. I find it very hard to believe she would have said that. Why would she, a fairly smart campaigner, essentially call the voters she wants to appeal to, racist?

      – However, it would have been much worse if she said Jaime “should not” receive support because he is Latino. That would mean that she herself is a racist. That is the question – and therefore we need to know what she really said.

      This difference matters. A lot. I think the callee needs to add some careful details. And Barbara’s record on race relations issues, if any, can be examined. My husband and I were impressed by Jaime when he knocked on our door and we talked. But if he and his supporters are incorrectly inflating a race baiting argument, then we’d reconsider that support. I think more facts are needed on what, in fact, was said. Did other callees hear a similar message from Barbara? She has called us several times and I have not heard her say anything even remotely similar to what she allegedly said in this phone conversation.

      • LyonParkVoter

        Neither Jaime nor his campaign have raised this issue, unless someone can show us where (press release, website, etc.). In fact, it was reported simply as “odd.” It was others, including various Delegates that began saying it was racist. If you read the full account, it does raise alot of questions. In addition to quotes, apparently, Mr. Lowell said so what if he is Hispanic, there aren’t many Black voters in the 31st and they overwhelmingly voted for Obama. Favola then said Jaime is no Obama, to which Lowell responded, and you are no Hillary Clinton either. This would suggest that it was not just some passing comment on his ethnicity. I am sure that he is proud of his ethnic background, but, again, Jaime has never made ethnicity a part of his campaign.

        For everyone’s convenience, here is a link to the original posting (http://bluevirginia.us/diary/4607/i-just-got-one-of-the-weirdest-phone-calls-of-my-life ). It is ridiculous for Favola and her campaign to now try to blame Jaime — Favola made the comments, a blogger posted them, others including various Delegates condemn them.

        True to form, Favola has not again explained her comments but simply stated her now tiresome “sunk to new lows” and then tried to blame Jaime. She’s done the same with the Conflicts Issue, Polling “Error” and Negative Campaining.

        It is now up to voters to read carefully and then make their own decision.

        • LesDav18
        • Disappointed Voter

          How can you say that Jaime hasn’t raised this issue? Jaime has posted all this nonsense on his campaign sponsored smear site, favolafacts, or whatever its called. Paid for and authorized by Jaime Areizaga-Soto.

          • LyonParkVoter

            I had not seen this. Thanks for sharing. I guess we now need to hear from Jaime himself on what he thinks of these comments from Favola. I would note that the website basically lists the comments made by five Delegates and their(not Jaime’s) interpretation of her comments.

            Again, I’d like to hear from Jaime what he specifically has to say on this issue – it would appear by his posting that he is agreeing with the Delegates?). I’d also like to hear from Favola directly on what she has to say since again as is on that website, she has not Denied that 1) she called Lowell or 2) that she made the comments. She has simply denied that they are racist and tried to blame Jaime for them with no proof without addressing directly what she meant.

          • LyonParkVoter

            Thanks for the link. I had not seen it. I would like to know what specifically Jaime has to say about Favola’s comments – obviously posting the comments made by various delegates implies that he agrees that they were or could be deemed racist.

            But I would like to have Favola also address the comments directly since after all, she has not DENIED: 1) Calling Lowell and 2) Saying the comments. In fact, looking at the date of the original posting and her response, she seemed to take quite a long time. Only once more and more delegates (not Jaime) started raising it did she decide to respond. But, instead of explaining them she has simply denied that the comments are racist and then went on to accuse without any proof that Jaime and his campaign was behind it. Just as with her numerous conflicts issues, simply denying is not sufficient. We Arlington voters, considered to be one of if not the most highly educated County in the country, deserve more than flippant answers.

  • Blue Virginia

    Yes, it was the “best of my recollection” of the 15-minute phone call. I sat down the MINUTE the call ended and wrote out exactly what I remembered Favola saying. I stand by my recollection 100%, although clearly it’s conceivable that there could be quibbles over exact words (“the” or “an,” “this” or “that,” etc.).

    Also, if you don’t want to believe me (note: I have a photo of my phone with the caller ID of the incoming call from Favola, which I sent to ArlNow, as proof that I received this call from Favola as I reported), the fact is that Favola and her allies – Dick Saslaw, etc. – have been making this same exact argument, that Jaime is unelectable because there are very few Latinos in the district (and no, I never said this was “racist” per se) for months now, to many many people. Ask around. Talk to any number of Arlington politicos about this. Frankly, the only thing surprising about Favola’s call to me was that she didn’t realize she was talking to a blogger; other than that, there was nothing new there, really, just the standard message Favola et al. have been putting out for months, that Jaime’s unelectable (even though an African-American man named Barack Obama won the 31st overwhelmingly in 2008, both in the primary and general election, despite the fact that the district is overwhelmingly white).

    P.S. Why ELSE would a Stanford Law grad, former White House Fellow and Obama Administration appointee, incredibly impressive individual like Jaime Areizaga-Soto be “unelectable?” Think about it, apply Ockham’s Razor, and come to your own conclusions.

    • normal

      So you’ve never ever talked about the racial or ethnic composition of voters when analyzing a race, BV?

      • Blue Virginia

        Uh, ever hear of “analysis?”

        • normal

          Yes. Favola was simply analyzing the race she’s in.

          • Chad

            /thread

          • normal

            If only.

    • google rocks

      Look, the racial composition of voters being used to analyze the ability of a candidate to win! Racism?

      “Twenty five years ago, the Virginia Democratic Party establishment was convinced Virginians were too prejudiced to give an African-American a fair chance at statewide office. I had the honor of being the campaign manager of the multi-racial campaign that helped Doug Wilder make history, and give Virginians a chance to show they would judge a person on merit, not skin color.”

      http://www.bluevirginia.us/diary/2093/a-defining-racial-test-for-the-virginia-democratic-party

      • CW

        Truth bomb,

    • brendan

      i agree with most of your points and have no doubt she said something like this…

      however, i think repeating any charges of racism should based on more than just what was heard on a phone call by someone who is already supporting the opponent. I’m not saying I don’t believe you and i have no doubt of Favola’s ability say stupid things, but for something this serious to be leveled in a campaign, I think there should be more hard evidence.

    • Curious

      If we are to believe your account of the call, how did this topic come up? Sounds to me like you were asking her questions in order to elicit responses that you could use to make her look bad. No one expects you to be unbiased, we know you are supporting Jaime. But this is so over the top, even for you.

      • Blue Virginia

        As I wrote (http://www.bluevirginia.us/showDiary.do?diaryId=4607), “Favola made a point of arguing that Jaime is Latino and has no base in this district, that there are almost no Latinos living here. I’d say that was a bit…uh, odd.”

        Then:

        “When I pointed out to her that there aren’t many African Americans in the district either, yet Obama won it big time in both the primary and the general election, she said “fair point, but…Jaime’s no Barack Obama.” (in response to that, I said, “in fairness, and no disrespect intended, but you’re no Hillary Clinton either.” She didn’t argue with that, at least! Ha.)”

    • Bemused bystander

      “Ask around” for hard evidence that Favola and her supporters have been arguing that Jaime is unelectable? “Ask around”? You’re the one making this allegation. As a blogger who is usually relatively careful to document your statements, you should provide some solid backup for this assertion or stop making it.

    • BKGreen

      The double standard you employ is remarkable. When you say it or agree with it, then it’s analysis. When someone else gives an analysis you don’t like then it’s racist. Very convenient for you.

      • Blue Virginia

        Where did I say anything is “racist?”

        • hmmm

          Is it racist, or not?

    • Greg

      No offense, but I find that people who cite Ockham’s Razor on the Internet typically have already lost their argument.

      You can’t see a reason other than racism that a candidate for office would call her “incredibly impressive” opponent unelectable? So when he loses, it’s because we’re all racists? Is this really your logic here?

      • Blue Virginia

        Not at all. What I’m saying is, Favola and Company have been arguing for months that Jaime is unelectable. They’ve also been saying that there are few Latinos in this district, but citing no other reason WHY Jaime might be unelectable (maybe his outstanding resume?). Ergo…??? Apply Logic 101. And no, it’s not necessarily “racism,” but it IS saying that they don’t think a Latino can win the 31st Senate district because it’s mostly white. That’s absurd, of course, as evidence by the fact that Barack Obama won the district overwhelmingly…

        • Greg

          First, you haven’t provided a single quote of Favola saying Jaime is unelectable. I know, I know, you talked to some unnamed people and they claim to have heard it. I just talked to someone I know and he says he never heard anything like that. Isn’t this game fun?

          But more importantly, I’ve heard a laundry list of reasons from the Favola campaign regarding why they think Jaime is not a good candidate (including regarding what you call his “outstanding” resume) or why she is a better one. It’s funny how you don’t think any of those reasons could be why they don’t think he will win. It’s automatically because she is a secret racist.

          Besides, do you expect her to campaign on why Jaime is likely to win the election? Does that make any sense to you at all? This whole thing is bizarre and a little childish.

  • Captain Obvious

    Favola has not denied that she made the statements. She’s simply acting outraged that anyone would call them racist.

    • BrownFlipFlops

      …and she didn’t deny taking the towing donations right before the vote. She’s just outraged that anyone would see an appearance of impropriety.

    • Get Real

      Ummm…read the post…she denies it.

      • Blue Virginia

        If Favola’s actually denying saying what she and her allies have been going around saying for months now – that Jaime is unelectable, in large part because he’s Latino and there are few Latinos in the district – then she’s a pathological liar and unfit for higher office.

        • Disappointed Voter

          Where is your proof? Going around for months saying things? Seems pretty weak. With all due respect, I enjoy your analysis on most issues, but I think you’ve become to close to Jaime’s campaign.

          • Blue Virginia

            Call around, then. Do some reporting of your own, instead of being passive. Based on my experience, it’s not hard at all to get a wide variety of people in Arlington Dem circles talking about the Favola campaign and what they’ve been saying (including the “Jaime’s unelectable” meme). Try it, see what you come up with, then report back to us – journalism is fun! 🙂

          • Bemused bystander

            It is not “passive” to ask a seasoned blogger who professes to be a journalist, at least occasionally, to provide some evidence for his claims.

          • Blue Virginia

            Still, I strongly encourage you to call around. As I said, it’s not hard at all to get a wide variety of people in Arlington Dem circles talking about the Favola campaign and what they’ve been saying (including the “Jaime’s unelectable” meme). Let us know what you find out; meanwhile, I’m not going to blow my sources, most of whom speak to me “off the record” or “on background” or whatever, trusting me to keep their names and opinions confidential (which I will!).

          • Arlington Matt

            Circles? Many, many people?

            This is what goes for investigative journalism and is the basis for calling a very liberal Democrat a racist?

            Nonsense.

          • Crich

            If you didn’t identify yourself, it’s not really journalism. Its sensationalism. I respect your work, but this doesn’t feel right.

          • Bemused bystander

            As somebody is reported to have said, “Anonymous sources are the next-to-last refuge of a scoundrel.”

        • Crich

          One suggestion Lowell. You have called Favola crazy, pathological, slimy, a liar and racist over the past few days. That’s over the top. We get that you don’t like her, but that negatively reflects on you. Just my opinion.

    • Martha from Arlington

      Yes, captain obvious she said that the comments are “flat out untrue.” Democrats in Arlington don’t elect racists to the county board.

      • Captain Obvious

        No–she said that allegations that she is racist were flat out untrue. She didn’t deny saying what she did about Jaime’s race.

  • Josh S

    Comments about the ethnic makeup of the district and the candidate do not seem to fall into the category of racist. Isn’t this kind of commentary SOP? I mean, there was plenty of discussion in 2008 about whether the country would elect a black man or a woman and where those traits might help or hurt Obama and / or Clinton in particular districts or states.

    • arlington

      Exactly — I’m bewildered by all this. I know plenty of Arlington Dems supporting Favola and have heard many discussions of Favola’s candidacy — and they all had to do with her experience, not her opponents ethnicity. But as the above posted, a discussion of whether a woman/Black/hispanic/Mormon/Catholic/Jew etc has a chance to win in a particular area seems to be SOP in American politics, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if his ethnicity was discussed in that manner. And if, for example, Lowell tried to make the point that Jaime’s support among Hispanics was very strong, and she countered that Hispanics weren’t a big enough voting bloc for that to make a difference, that is a perfectly reasonable (and not at all racist) thing to say.

  • SouthArlingtonReady

    In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….brought to you live on one of three Arlington Public Access channels…

    I’m sorry, Favola has made some mistakes in this campaign and still needs to answer for them. Agree with her or not on issues, housing, transit. WHATEVER….we’re all entitled to our opinions.

    Making accusations of racial slurs takes it over the edge. She may be loved and hated across the county, but to level this kind of claim stoops to a new level.

    Areizaga-Soto needs to get a grip on this jv campaign. For a long time i lamed the mud slinging on campaign staff lobbing the grenades and leaving the candidates to try to explain them.

    Last week’s performance by Areizaga-Soto at the LGBT forum proved the message and mode on his campaign come directly from the top. To me, it seems that message is: “Win, at any cost and no matter the collateral damage. Land as many shots as you can, and throw every thing and the kitchen sink against the wall. Work with what sticks.”

    I didn’t have my mind made until I read this. I’m not voting for an childish little boy to go to Richmond and throw rocks.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Jeeze, this is getting to be like Divorce Court!

  • brendan

    worst.campaign.ever.

    seriously all Favola had to do was shut up, send out some mailers, say some nice things and not do anything stupid…instead she’s allowed herself to play right into the only path for losing a campaign like this. she’s in the mud now, and that’s not a good place for someone who had something similar to an incumbents advantage going into this race.

    that being said, i do not think the accusations of racism are fair here based on recollections of a personal phone call with a supporter of Jaime Areizaga-Soto. Not saying anyone is lying just that those kind of accusations need more supportive evidence before being repeated.

    • Arlington Democrat

      +1

  • Lou

    Sounds racist to me. It’s racist to imply that a Latino candidate can not win unless there is a large Latino block in the district. That seeks to demean and limit the candidate to having success only within their race. Those are the thoughts of a racist.

    • normal

      It’s perfectly normal to talk about how voters tend to vote. Latinos tend to vote for Latinos. That’s not racist, it’s just true, based on actual experience. Political observers see this all the time and nobody calls it racist.

      • Lou

        So you think a Latino needs a lot of Latinos to win an election? I mean, if people vote along their racial lines I assume you can just go to the census figures and already know the outcome of the election. How special for you.

        • normal

          Yes, in most cases, Latinos need lots of Latinos to win an election. Yes, most people vote on racial lines. These are simply observations of fact.

          Did you know the Voting Rights Act requires that congressional districts be drawn to concentrate blacks or Latinos into certain districts to strengthen their ability to elect candidates of their race? The Voting Rights Act – you know, the law designed to stop racism – uses the same assumptions that you call racist, because they happen to be true, even today.

          • Lou

            It does nothing of the sort, and the courts have consistently held that creating majority minority districts is unconstitutional.

          • normal

            Better brush up on your law.

          • Lou

            Miller v. Johnson
            Bush v. Vera

            Did you really think I would bring up the courts without knowing what I was talking about?

          • brendan

            @Lou

            you’re wrong. read my comment. do more research. maybe check out this list of majority minority districts – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majority-minority_district

          • Lou

            The Voting Rights Act does not “require[s] that congressional districts be drawn to concentrate blacks or Latinos into certain districts to strengthen their ability to elect candidates of their race”

            That is the statement that I was answering to, and I could not be more right.

          • brendan

            okay, well you’re both wrong then.

            “the courts have consistently held that creating majority minority districts is unconstitutional.”

            simply not true. the cases you cite were based on circumstances surrounding creation and the impact on representation, not simply b/c they were majority-minority.

          • Lou

            But that is the whole essence of the law?

            The list you found on wiki illustrates districts that passed DOJ review. I never denied that there are minority majority districts, just that the voting rights act requires them. I doubt many of them ever needed to be affirmed by the courts. Whereas ones that end up in court are often found unconstitutional.

          • normal

            Those cases don’t outright ban creation of majority-minority districts, and I’ll bet you know that too, Lou.

          • normal

            Yes, Lou, in some cases the law requires the creation of a majority-minority district, simply because to not create one when it is possible to do so constitutes splitting the minority vote among districts, diluting the minority vote. In some cases, they only possible remedy is requiring a majority-minority district.

          • Lou

            That’s right, none of those cases affect the overall legislation by themselves. Everything is on a case-by-case basis.

            The voting rights act does not require the creation of minority majority districts, do you agree?

          • normal

            Are these black lawmakers racist for assuming that whites won’t vote for blacks unless they have a majority of black voters in a district? Or is there another reason they are urging the creation of another black-majority district in Virginia?

            http://hrblogs.typepad.com/the_shad_plank/2011/03/virginias-black-lawmakers-call-for-2nd-minority-majority-district-in-redistricting.html

            Is this entire thread and everyone on it racist for talking about race?

          • brendan

            as you probably have seen on here, I no fan of Favola but — there’s nothing wrong w/ a political campaign making voting pattern assumptions based on race. every party, candidate, staffer, etc. uses every piece of demographic data available to plan their campaign. One piece of data that is often the most indicative of how someone may vote, especially in a state where voters do not register with a party, is race. I didn’t hear what she said, so i can’t speak to the tone or nature of her argument, but let’s not pretend that race doesn’t matter in politics and voting patterns.

            In terms of voting rights act and majority-minority districts…. There’s nothing illegal about creating a majority-minority district. There are currently several dozen. It all depends on the specific situation, the process by which the district was created and the intent behind the impact it has on representation of voters. If you gerrymander a district to consolidate and limit the voting power of a minority group – then yes, that’s illegal. If you do it to preserve equal representation, then it’s fine. If you ignore all established procedures to gerrymander based on race, it’s not illegal but you’re going to have a lengthy court fight and probably lose.

  • Calling it for Favola

    This is so clearly a pathetic, desperate attempt by a campaign that knows it is losing badly and only has a week left. But, I’m not surprised. This is something we’ve come to expect from the Englins.

    • NoDogInFight

      a) Favola stupid to try and imply that the Dem will not win – either of these is going to win, obviously

      b) Favola comments not racist, just demographic.

      c) Englin even stupider for jumping in with a racist accusation. Can’t we save this charge for the real racists ? They do still exist.

      d) Not sure who is ahead in this race but this really turns me off from voting in the primary. Who does that help ?

      • NoDogInFight

        I’d like to add to point b) that Favola probably was making a weak argument – at least as far as I can tell regarding Latino voting preferences. The paper below has some analysis

        http://perg.tamu.edu/lpc/Barreto.pdf

  • Steve85

    You could had left the Fox News part out.

  • Susan Powers

    This looks like a desperate, manufactured attack by the Jaime campaign. This story originated from Jaime’s biggest supporter? Is there an audio or transcript? Just hearsay? I’m disappointed in Arl.Now for reporting on this.

    I read BV and Lowell never said Barbara was a racist. By all appearances it looks like Jaime’s team lead by Delegate Englin and his wife are ginning up controversy. This is a sad day for Arlington politics. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Dan

      Every day is a sad day for Arlington “politics”…….

  • CrystalMikey

    Ugh…can’t wait for this to be over with.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      This campaign is getting to be like the Jerry Springer show! They keep it up and the Republican candidate will win hands down.

  • Steve

    Disclaimer: Im no longer living in the area. BUT being an observer, it makes me nervous anytime a candidate gets the majority of his/her funding from outside the US or even from special interests. Would you vote for a candidate that took money from say…the Russians? Or the North Koreans? World of difference there but if a candidate has so little local support that he/she has to get money from foreign sources, you should wonder why.

    • bookmobile

      Just want to make sure we’re all on the same page regarding Puerto Rico, which is a US territory. Puerto Ricans are US citizens:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_rico

      It seems pretty common for candidates to receive donations from friends and family in their home towns.

      • arlington

        But I’d have a problem with someone running for state office whose support was mostly coming from, say, Texas or Florida or California. They may be in the US, but they aren’t in Virginia. That’s not racism, that’s just making a point about someone’s electability.

    • John Fontain

      So Latino citizens of the US (Puerto Rico) are on par with the North Koreans with regard to distastefulness?

    • brendan

      as others have stated – Puerto Rico is part of the United States, fyi.

      And… I’d rather have a candidates donors from out of state than coming from towing companies with official business before the candidate.

  • Nikki

    I’ve lived in Arlington for 20 years and am proud of our progressive, welcoming community. I have voted for Barbara every time that she has run for the County Board. She has been a leader on creating a more fair and just community here in Arlington County. I plan to vote for her on August 23rd.

    I am disappointed that these Delegates would say mean and baseless comments about her based off one phone call with a Jaime supporter.

    I am looking forward to this primary coming to a close. I hope that voters will reject Jaime’s negativity. There is no place for this in Arlington or Northern Virginia.

  • Shelley Goode & Nicholas Evans

    As members of the Arlington community who have volunteered on local nonprofit Boards, we have known and worked with Barbara Favola for years. Although we are not in the business of endorsing political candidates and won’t do so here, we are concerned when a public official we have collaborated with and who has been a tireless advocate for the homeless and victims of domestic violence is labeled as anything but a true progressive and a champion for those who all too often are left voiceless across the Commonwealth. We would like to go on the record as saying Barbara Favola has been an open minded and fair member of the County Board for 14 years and has always distinguished herself as a leader for all of Arlington. In fact, Barbara has repeatedly led important new collaborations between Arlington County government and many of the nonprofits that serve individuals and families in need regardless of their background, including Doorways for Women and Families where we currently serve as the Board President and Past President. Her leadership of the Arlington 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness is just one of numerous efforts where we, and others in our community concerned with the needs of our most vulnerable citizens, have worked side by side with Barbara to press for a better Arlington—for all of us. Virginia certainly needs more leaders like Barbara Favola. Leaders who have a true passion for human services and want to provide greater opportunities for all of the Commonwealth’s residents—regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or religion. She is and always has been a strong, progressive voice and we are grateful for her continued partnership and leadership on the issues that matter most to us as residents of Arlington and Virginia.

    Shelley Goode & Nicholas Evans

    • Martha from Arlington

      Well put. Thank you Shelley & Nicholas.

    • Andrew

      You call that not endorsing a political candidate?

      • brendan

        sssssss…..

        i’m not saying i drink bud light, but could hand me a bud light?

        • brendan

          *you.

    • Brian

      Not to mention leaders who can lead important new collaborations between Arlington County government and the towing and real estate development industries.

    • Rosslynite

      Are you speaking as private citizens or as spokespersons for Doorways for women and families? I see you are, or have been, on the Doorways Board of Directors.

      • Rosslynite

        For the avoidance of doubt, this question was directed to Shelley Goode & Nicholas Evans. The potential ambiguity created by the placement of the question must explain their failure to respond.

        • Arlington Voter

          I think it is pretty clear they are speaking as private citizens and referencing Doorways only for identification purposes. To do otherwise, alas, would probably break IRS rules on non-profit electioneering.

      • Shelley Goode & Nicholas Evans

        We are writing as private citizens.

    • Arlwhenever

      Those would be Boards that Barbara Favola serves on with her developer pal and over the top contributor John Shooshan, a very tangled we indeed.

      • John Snyder

        Aha! Serving together on the board of a nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless–how sinister! Is there no end to the evil these evildoers will do?

  • FedUp

    It was dumb of Favola to call a blogger. She probably didn’t realize whom she was calling.

    • Blue Virginia

      FedUp: She had my name right in front of her on her call sheet, she simply didn’t connect the fact that I’m a blogger. What’s bizarre about it is that I interviewed her in person (and recorded, because I wanted to make sure she didn’t dispute anything) for 45 minutes a couple months ago, yet she still failed to put 2 and 2 together when she called me. It’s really, really weird. Does she remember ANYTHING?!?

      • hmmm

        Did you inform her that you were a blogger from the beginning, like a responsible journalist would?

        • Blue Virginia

          She had my name right in front of her. She said it when I picked up the phone. Also, I’ve met her before, interviewed her for 45 minutes in her home – she knows exactly who I am — or should!

          • Blue Virginia

            And note, I did NOT call her, she called ME, completely out of the blue and unexpectedly. Believe me, Barbara Favola was the LAST person I expected to be calling me, and it took me several minutes to register that she really didn’t seem to understand who she was talking to…kept waiting for her to say “haha, had you fooled there didn’t I”…but she never did. Weird, weird, weird.

          • hmmm

            But you figured out at some point that she didn’t realize who you are, and at that point you informed her. Right?

          • Blue Virginia

            I wasn’t 100% sure until the end of the call. For the first few minutes, I was thinking she had to be kidding or something. Then, I just wasn’t sure. But the bottom line was, she said my name at the beginning, so I found it almost impossible to believe that she didn’t know who I was, given that we’ve met before, that I interviewed her for 45 minutes a few weeks ago, etc. Anyway, this is irrelevant, the bottom line is she said what she said, she did what she did, that’s the issue here – SHE is the one running for office, SHE is the one calling down her list, and SHE is the one making Jaime’s supposed unelectability a central tenet of her argument.

          • Crich

            I’m sure the call happened, but what was your question that lead to her saying he was unelectable?

          • hmmm

            Okay, I can see that.

          • Credibility

            BV

            But it does go to YOUR credibility. You stated in your blog:

            “But, as the conversation went by, it became crystal clear that she had absolutely NO idea who she was talking to. I was even asking her very specific questions about the race that I doubt most people would ever ask, yet she still seemed to not have any idea whatsoever who I was. I swear, this was surreal; I was standing there thinking, “no way this is really happening!”

            It certainly does seem that you are saying that you knew she didn’t know who you were before the end of the call.
            I question your credibility. Something about your posts doesn’t seem honest or fair.

          • Arlington arlington

            Nope, sorry Blue Virginia, you can’t have it both ways. Arl Dem says that your blog is on a different level than random aol users. Good enough, than you have to act as a different level. If there was any doubt, you had to remind her who you were, that you were already a big Jaime supporter, and that anything she said was probably going to be reported in the media, and that you’d met before. Not to do so was highly unethical. You’ve said that you asked very pointed questions but you have not revealed what you asked that prompted the discussion of ethnicity. Without that, it seems that you were fishing for an opportunity to get her to say something that you could use against her.

        • CW

          Sorry to knock down any egos, but everyone is a “blogger” these days. We’re technically blogging right now by responding with these comments. So to expect a busy elected official (who apparently finds the time to personally make campaign calls) to remember the name of every person who likes to write things on the internet is kinda silly.

          • Arl Dem

            No, sorry. BlueVirginia and NotLarrySabato are the go-to blogs for liberals who track NOVA political news. Everyone knows this who follows politics.

      • Get Real

        Maybe you just aren’t that memorable? Or maybe she doesn’t read your blog. Or maybe she doesn’t pay that much attention to what her opponent’s supporters are doing. Doesn’t give you the right to misrepresent yourself and then charge her with racism.

        • Blue Virginia

          She agreed to a 45-minute interview with me. I followed up that interview, conducted at her kitchen table (and recorded, in large part because I thought she might try to deny things she said – was I right about that or what?!?) with multiple emails with her campaign manager. So, if they don’t know who I am, it’s pretty hard to understand why that would be the case. Also, I have NOT charged her with racism; I wrote in my account of the phone call that I thought her mention of there being few if any Latinos in the district was “odd.” Others, such as Del. Mark Keam, have concluded differently, though.

          • hmmm

            So you don’t think her comments were racist?

          • Blue Virginia

            Not explicitly, no. Others, like Del. Keam, feel differently, though, and I respect where they’re coming from.

          • Greg

            Here’s your quote above.

            “Why ELSE would a Stanford Law grad, former White House Fellow and Obama Administration appointee, incredibly impressive individual like Jaime Areizaga-Soto be “unelectable?” Think about it, apply Ockham’s Razor, and come to your own conclusions.”

            So you’re right. You don’t explicitly call her a racist. You prefer to just hint at it with words like “odd” and “draw your own conclusions”. It takes a pretty big person to insinuate on the Internet that a public figure is a racist.

  • Rosslynite

    Favola is looking and sounding more like Marge Schott with every passing day. Is it worth selling your soul to win a primary?

    • Good Question

      We should ask Lowell that.

  • Kimberly

    This is a desperate, last minute, manufactured attack by Jaime and his supporters. It is disappointing that they would stoop this low.

    Barbara Favola is a strong, progressive leader in the Arlington community. To accuse her of being a racist is simply absurd. Shame on Jaime and his supporters.

    • John Fontain

      Interesting that in the last few minutes there are a rash of posters to ARLnow who all of the sudden showed up to post in support of Favola and against Jaime’s horrible campaign. At least they aren’t working off a script or anything:

      Calling it for Favola: “This is so clearly a pathetic, desperate attempt by a campaign that knows it is losing badly”

      Kimberly: “This is a desperate, last minute, manufactured attack by Jaime and his supporters”

      Susan Powers: “This looks like a desperate, manufactured attack by the Jaime campaign”

      • Good Point

        There are a lot of racist and didn’t respond for five days and liar comments also.

      • Chad

        PikeResident:
        August 15th, 2011 1:37 pm
        Most of these comments are desperate, last minute, manufactured attempts by the Favola campaign and her supporters.

        Add that one to the list! This is silly. It’s like a congressional write-in campaign where everyone sends the same letter.

      • NatGirl12

        So, out 204 comments, there are three that are kind of similar?
        Sorry, but just looks like they are calling it for what it is.

  • BoredHouseWife

    bottom feeders. the lot of them.

    • Crich

      Agree. The Englins are to blame for this type of behavior.

  • LyonParkVoter

    It is fair to draw your own conclusions on what FAVOLA’s very own comments mean or to question whether they rise to the level of racism.

    If you think her comments were not racist because you believe it is a stretch and thus innocuous, then you can’t argue that and at the same time throw out baseless accusations that somehow Jaime or his campaign have directed others and State Delegates(several who have NOT endorsed Jaime) to raise selective racism. In fact it is worse, since you have no proof to back that up. In this case and let’s be clear, Favola has NOT:

    1. Denied calling Lowell
    2. Denied making the various comments

    She has simply denied that she is not a racist and has made a baseless claim that Jaime was behind this.

    Jaime has never raised or made his ethnicity a part of his campaign. Arlington Voter and others who have met Jaime, did he ever discuss being Hispanic or raised Hispanic issues? He certainly didn’t with me and it is irrelevant in my voting decision.

  • John Andre

    What…no Hispanics??? Here in Columbia Heights West, we have plenty of Hispanic voters…of course the GOP probably messed things up good by adding huge swaths of Fairfax and even Loudoun Counties to the 31st Senate District! Frankly I preferred Mary Margaret Whipple’s comfy little “31st” better.

    • Chris G

      The Democrats control and drew this new Senate map. Try pointing the finger where it belongs, @ Janet Howell doing whatever she could to get Caren out of her district.

  • JimPB

    Are race and ethnicity precluded from public interactions about candidates as racist?

    What can be said about race and ethnicity in public interactions about candidates that could be accepted as legitimate discourse and not racist?

    Isn’t the drawing of lines for Congressional districts to provide African-American majorities of voters recognition in law that African-American candidates will be impaired as candidates in major Caucasian districts because of their race — racism?

    Was it racist to observe that the President would (and get) strong support from African-Americans? That there were caucasians who opposed him because he was African-American?

    Is it better for views about race and ethnicity in relation to candidates to be kept submerged or to have them out in the public arena?

    A variation of this concerns the hostility to the President because he is African-American as reflected in the number and viciousness of threats against him and his family. This has been mentioned once, but has largely been kept under wraps. There is also the upset and wrath among some that an African-American and his family are in the WHITE House. I have not seen this mentioned explicitly, but it is real.

    What would the ground rules be for a productive discussion of race and ethnicity? Clinton called for such a discussion, but it never took off. Can it? What could such a discussion, at its best, result in? What is required for such a discussion to be productive?

    • John Fontain

      “What would the ground rules be for a productive discussion of race and ethnicity?”

      Based on the reported nature of the call, it doesn’t sound like Favola’s purpose was to have a productive discussion of race and ethnicity.

      • Lou

        She’s tumbling, and flailing on the way down. This kind of discussion about her opponents race is probably the beginning of the death throes.

        • brendan

          truly terrible campaign. lost all ability to dictate the discussion, stay above the mess and move on to a clean win in the general.

          Favola’s pollster/strategist was also the lead on Martha Coakley’s disastrous Senate campaign in Massachusetts. hmmm….

  • PikeResident

    Most of these comments are desperate, last minute, manufactured attempts by the Favola campaign and her supporters.

  • History repeats

    Doesn’t this whole thing seem a bit like the flap Frank O’Leary started a few years ago when he sent a flier to North Arlington voters that could only be seen as making racial comments about his opponent? The controversy over that caused deep rifts in the party. And it is more than aggravating to see this come up again.
    Let’s face it, if this had been in print and not in a phone call to a blogger, there would be a serious issue here.

    Frank’s not racist and neither is Barbara, but they both have an overwhelming sense of entitlement. There is this fit of pique that some long-time elected officials have when they are challenged by relative newcomers that seems to cloud their better judgment. The fact is establishment candidates should know better than to be drawn into this kind of nonsense. If you have a record to run on and ideas to promote do that. Shut up about your opponent and run your race.

    • normal

      +,100,000,000

      • Captain Obvious

        +1,000,000,000

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    Anyone who doesn’t understand that what was reported to have said was race-baiting is clue-less about racial politics — which — surprise!! — can even be played by desperate liberals who want to cling to power.

    To Shelley Goode & Nicholas Evans: your endorsement (another “Arlington Way” tradition broken by Favola and her allies to win) is noted by the Latino community and your lack of understanding of the racial politics being exploited by Mr. Favola is lamented.

    • Chad

      Admitted*

    • Natalie Hernandez

      “Admited Jaime Supporter” – WHAT???? Did you really just go there? Attacking members of the community who were willing to put their names to their statements to show their support for Barbara Favola? Making veiled threats from the Latino community? Speak for yourself, cause you aren’t speaking for anyone that I know.

      And what are you going to do to punish them? Get people not to support Doorways? That will really show them! Your stupidity is appalling.

  • David Stockperson

    “Latino” is not a race, so how can the alleged statement be “racist”?

    • Andrew

      Race: a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.

      • Uh, wrong.

        The Irish are not a race. The Germans are not a race. Nor is “Latino” a race; it’s an ethnicity. And a fairly spurious designation. After all, Italian is also a Romance language. And there are plenty of blue-eyed people from Spain, South America and even Mexico who have no indigenous (Maya/Inca/Aztec) ancestry.

        I think Favola is corrupt, given her acceptance of the Advance Towing contribution, but racist? (Or should we say “anti-Latino?”)

        First, only two people were privy to the conversation. Second, IF she did imply that Jaime can’t win because he’d need a Hispanic majority in order to get elected, that isn’t racist. As others have pointed out, race has long played a factor in elections. That said, I don’t think it’s accurate for NoVa, and IF she said it, then it was a dumb thing to say out loud. At worst, she’s guilty of cynicism, but not racism.

    • normal

      Because “common language groupist” sounds dumb.

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    This started in early April when the leadership decided to defame Jaime and win by going negative before this thing even started. Any Favola supporter who says they are voting for her because “Jaime went negative first” is voting for the the wrong reason. Period.

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    Racist or bigoted. Does it really matter?

    • brendan

      see, that doesn’t help your cause.

  • CW

    So, ARLnow, was the intent of this article to allow Blue Virginia to hijack the site for use as his own bully pulpit for the time being?

    This is one of those things that makes me step back in surprise at how far we’ve come with the internet and journalism. The source of the story is able to come onto the media forum and argue his assertions. Just interesting.

    • Yes, the subjects of articles are not prohibited from commenting on them.

      Note that weren’t planning on covering this until local elected officials started issuing statements. (Thus why it’s being published a week after the original BlueVirginia post.)

      • CW

        Well, he’s now directly using your site to issue press releases on behalf of Jaime. See 2:11 PM comment. Interesting.

        • Vinotech

          CW, would you like some cheese with your whine?

          • CW

            I just thought it was interesting that main informant for a story is now using the media outlet that wrote the story based off of his information as a venue for disseminating press releases.

      • Credibility

        Arlnow, it certainly does seem as though this comment site has been hijacked by the Soto campaign for its own purposes. Too bad.

  • Blue Virginia

    Jaime weighs in:

    “My campaign is about fighting for our entire community. I’ve lived the American dream and I’m disappointed that my opponent thinks so little of the voters of the 31st that she’d think mentioning my ethnic background would win her votes. It’s worth noting that Favola has not denied the acts, merely the interpretation. I’m grateful to the five Delegates for speaking out – including two who have not endorsed me in this race.”

    • brendan

      yeah. not helping your cause either.

      if you created this hoopla, you might want to let other people report/post/share the comments of the benefactor if only to not take away from the initial claims.

      • CW

        Indeed. He’s having to start doing the careful nervous dance with his verbiage here as he digs a hole filled with qualifiers, undermining his original assertion.

    • Crich

      I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but now he’s in it. Too bad.

  • Dave Cassidy

    It’s ironic that Jaime’s Arlington Now supporters are calling out Favola supporters in this discussion, last I looked it was a race and I’d think both sides should be able to post.

    Keep in mind, the best point in this whole discussion is why didn’t Lowell identify himself when it was clear that Favola didn’t kinow who he was? And then proceeded to talk to her for 15 minutes, probably asking her ever more pointed questions. I give Favola credit for staying on the line with him for fifteen minutes – sounds like a pretty consituent minded approach to me!

    • Arl Dem

      Favola should have known who he was. She’s met him before. He’s been at her kitchen table. Or she should have had a staffer under age 50 who was helping her with calls.

      C’mon folks. This is 2011. There are only two or three liberal Democratic political blogs worth reading and Lowell’s is one of them. Is she so out of touch that you aren’t including blogs in your media strategy?

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Hmmmm….latest update on Babs vs. Jaime/Jaime vs. Babs….and I thought church splits were nasty.

  • Arlwhenever

    Put the shoe on the other foot.

    The Areizaga-Soto campaign would never claim that Favola couldn’t win the Senate seat because less than 40 percent of the district’s voters are white women. In this day and age no one would believe that her minority status would have any impact on the election one way or another. Voters would be assumed to vote on the merits rather than be prisoners to identity consciousness. And even if there was prejudice against Favola’s demographic, the Areizaga-Soto campaign would be classy enough not to leverage that against her.

    Not so with the Favola campaign. Obviously, Favola is bringing up Areizaga-Soto’s ethnic status to leverage and highlight bias.

    • Josh S

      Hardly. Identity consciousness is much more powerful than you seem to give it credit for. Of course the demographic characteristics of a candidate matter. On the other hand, of course those characteristics matter more to some, less to others. To assume otherwise is to have your head in the clouds.

    • horse

      “The Areizaga-Soto campaign would never claim that Favola couldn’t win the Senate seat because less than 40 percent of the district’s voters are white women.”

      You must be kidding.

      They might not say it publicly. But you can bet they are analyzing it the same way. And you can bet their concentrating on Latino areas for GOTV too.

      The idea that identity politics is dead is silly. It’s alive and well, and candidates have no choice but to follow it if they want to win, even if they don’t talk about it.

    • arlington

      But if she said that, what was the question that prompted the remark? Did he bring up race first? If, for example, he pointed out strong support among the latino community, and she replied that this wasn’t representative of the whole district, that would make it a really innocuous statement.

  • (another) Greg

    A pox on them both.

    • Arl Dem

      This is definitely not the Party’s finest moment.

  • ArlingtonVoterCP

    CW’s comments are interesting. Lowell is the sole source of the original accusations. I’d like to see ArlingtonNow do a story on a local delegate and his wife playing key consulting roles in many local elections (The Englin’s) and then Del. Englin using his influence to get collegues on board with the suspect accusations. This story dies a quiet death without this factor, Lowell’s blog, sorry to say doesn’t have nearly the power or traction to make this happen. It’s the other elected officials jumping on the bandwagon that has made it a story. The Englin team is doing both Jaime’s race and Krupicka’s in the 30th. Just doesn’t seem quite right to me.

    • EvainArl

      You make an excellent point about the Englins! It really bothers me that David Englin can use his position as an elected official to endorse a candidate, while he benefits from financially from that candidate’s campaign as principal of Englin Consulting.

    • Actually, among Keam, Hope, Surovell, and Kory, I was the last person to say anything about this, and I had no conversations with any of them.

      For the record, other than endorsing the candidates and having something to say publicly about this latest fracas, I have no role in either campaign. Englin Consulting is Shayna’s company. She founded, grew it, and had made it successful (doing mostly non-electoral work, I might add.) I am a principal, and I manage a variety of clients that have nothing to do with Virginia politics, but I’ve had no involvement of any kind in any strategic decisions made by any of the campaigns Shayna is working on, and when they win, all of the credit should go to her.

      One final point for the record: Shayna has consulted on numerous campaigns over the years where I have not endorsed either candidate. (Kay Kory and Jim Lay immediately come to mind.) I endorsed Rob because the winner in that race will be my Senator and constituents kept asking my advice about how to vote, so instead of playing coy, I came out and explained why I support him over Adam and Libby. I was dead-set against endorsing anyone in the 31st, but I got tired of heavy-handed tactics from Senate Democratic leaders who should have just let democracy play out. (MMW punching Jaime in the gut by dismissing such an accomplished and qualified person as a mere “intern” was the last straw for me.)

  • ArlingtonVoterCP

    Another point is that Favola has been criticized for taking donations from developers like developers are some kind of plague on Arlington’s existence. Quite the contrary – Arlington developers in partnership with the County Board have won numerous awards for creating the “Smartest” urban development plan in the country. The development, through increased tax revenues, pays for the things that most Arlington residents hold dear – like great schools, parks, arts and social services. As someone who moved from a disintegrating California, I’m very happy we have a robust economy providing ample revenue to fund vital services.

    • Lou

      I thought developers were those greedy corporations that keep rents too high and cause all the ground floor retail vacancies around here.

    • John Fontain

      Taking money from entities with matters before the Board is the problem, whether they be developers, towing companies, or anyone else.

  • Arl Dem

    This is very true, but there is a reason why all the other county board members refuse to take contributions from businesses with businesses before the board. It’s an appearance issue, and it’s fair game to ask why Barbara took this money when her fellow board members do not. If she loses the primary and has to continue on the board will she return the developer money?

    • ArlingtonVoterCP

      Because she is running for state senate and doesn’t have the means to loan her campaign over $100,000 like Jaime did.
      I just don’t see developers in Arlington as the bad guys – Arlington is recognized as a champion on public-private partnership resulting in a vibrant community. Developers are huge contributors to our robust nonprofit social service providers like ASPAN, AFAC, the Free Clinic, APAH and Doorways. Hundreds of cities across our country would be estatic to have developers like we have in Arlington.

      • LyonParkVoter

        LOL! Poor, poor Barbara. If she needs money, she can raise it without having to rely on special interests (developers, towing companies, realtors, etc..) or from the Democratic Establishment trying to force her upon us (almost 25% of all her contributions).

        If the voters and her personal network of friends and family who do not have matters before the Board love her so much, she should rely on them. Jaime is not beholden to any of these special interests. Obviously, in order to get his campaign going, he couldn’t lose a month fundraising and had to put his savings on the line, in addition to stepping down from his job. Favola had a choice to either step down and take the money or stay on the Board and refuse the contributions.

        Also, I have not seen Jaime say that development or developers are bad. In fact he has touted his private sector experience developing infrastructure projects. The focus of his critique has been on Barbara’s unethical behaviour in violating the Code of Ethics by conitnuing to receive these donations, even when she has matters come before her on the Board and is thus not abiding by the Code that she adopted and expects all others to follow.

        This is yet another attempt to change the Conflicts of Interest issue being raised — not even Favola has directly answered the simply question. Denying there is a conflict is only the first part of the equation — she is to avoid even the perception.

        Barabar — How is taking donations from special interests “avoiding a perceived conflicts of interest” pursuant to the Code of Ethics?

      • Warren

        Developers have their own self-interest, like anyone else. But the job of the County is to serve the interests of the current County residents. Not the developers, not people who would like to someday live in the County–the current residents. Many of us believe that various practices and polices from the Board serve the developers at the expense of County residents.

        Many County residents (esp. those who are over 35 and married or partnered) would like to see more schools built, actual enforcement of the leash law, and a halt in the inexorable rise in property tax assessments. For us, “vibrancy” is not something we desire.

      • arlington
        • arlingtonian

          It’s his money and he’s putting his money where his mouth is.

  • Tiffany Joslyn

    I think it is pretty unfair for you all to come on here and attack the messenger. Whether you support Barbara or Jaime, whether you think it was racist or not, whether you agree with the follow-up reactions or not, and whether you think he should have identified himself or it was okay to stay quiet — in that very first post he simply wrote what was said. In fact, if you read the post, the commentary was largely focused on the fact that the conversation was odd and that she didn’t know who his was. The actual content that stirred this “controversy” was just reported — not commented upon.

    The truth is, if Jaime had called Lowell and said Barbara took bribes from x, y, z, person and committed crimes — should Lowell not reiterate that call? If Libby called Lowell and say Rob is anti-gay, should Lowell not reiterate that call? If Rob or Adam called Lowell and said Libby shouldn’t be elected because she may relapse while in office, should Lowell not reiterate that call? What about the video tape of George Allen saying “macaca,” should that not have been released? —- No, you would expect him to do just that, report what was said, and then you would judge for yourselves the content of the reporting.

    Lowell did what any reporter – and truth be told any good citizen – would do: He shared what was said in a factual manner. The assessment and relevance of those facts is a matter separate and apart from Lowell and it is completely unfair to attack his credibility and character because you disagree with how some have assessed, and the relevance others have given to, the factual report he set forth.

    • Arlington Voter

      +1,000,000

    • Virginia Voter

      +1,000,000,000,000,000

    • Bemused bystander

      If that were all Lowell did — reported on his phone conversation — you would have more of a point. However, he has also made much broader assertions of repeated comments by Favola and her supporters which he has declined to specify or attribute to named people. Over on Bluevirginia.us, he has also shed the “objective journalist” mantle entirely in favor of impassioned opinionating. So no, attacking his credibility as a messenger is not completely unfair.

  • LyonParkVoter

    Two Questions for those defending Favola on her comments:

    1) If these same comments had come out of a Republican candidate’s mouth, would you all be defending them in the same way?

    2) What if Jaime was Black and her comments were about the 31st not having a large Black base, etc..?

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Nailed it, LyonParkVoter! If such were the case, there would be outrage and calls for resignation, etc., etc.,

    • Virginia Voter

      +1

    • normal

      1. Yes.

      2. Same thing.

      To observe is not to condone.

  • Barbin

    I support Barbara Favola all the way. As I’ve said before–she’s been in a lot of campaigns and these issues have never arisen. Ergo, I think all the controversy is a hype by Jaime’s campaign.

    • Captain Obvious

      She’s also lost the only contested elections she’s ever competed in. Need I remind you about her shrieking and batting away Jaime’s hand at one of the debates? She’s a train wreck.

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    The fact that this article was written without a comment from the Areizaga-Soto campaign in the first place shows a lack of journalistic balance. This article was a hack job.

    • Whitney Wilson

      Really? I th ought the article was pretty vanilla. Which parts do you think are a hack job? The 2:!5 update posted the Areizaga-Soto campaign’s most recent statement on this issue.

      The comments, on the other hand, have been all over the place.

  • Funny

    I had some business near the Soto office this am. As I passed by I noticed 4 or 5 high school looking kids typing away furiously on computers. I didn’t think anything of it until I saw all this stuff. Looks like they were all on this site bashing Favola or promoting Soto.

    • Lou

      Got any proof of that?

  • MC

    Why is this Democratic primary so snarky when there is no ideological difference between the candidates? This whole episode shows how moribund the Democratic party has become, that candidates try to run against the personality of others, rather than finding something innovative to propose themselves. If a Republican wins this race, it will be easy to know why.

    • Captain Obvious

      There are many ideological differences. Barbara is going to support an anti-choice senator to be Senate Democratic Caucus Chair, for instance. I’d say that’s a very important ideological difference.

    • normal

      Maybe that’s WHY in the first place – there’s no ideological difference, so they had to find something to talk about.

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    @Funny — most of the time, if you look through the door of the Areizaga-Soto office (not Soto — that is what a bigot would call the candidate), you would see four desks — that are filled with paid, adult Field Workers who are using their computers to input information on upcoming campaign GOTV, or other data into the Virginia VAN system.

    I am sitting here now and am the only one writing on arlnow.com because I am a friend of the candidate doing full-time volunteer work and I was told that this story FINALLY added a comment from the my friend to this problematic article that had not included it before. All the others in the office are on the telephone (and at their computers), working their hearts out to make history and beat the leadership that started lying about Jaime in the early Spring.

    The kind of sophomoric insult you just made is the kind of motivation that we need to work 18 hour days for the next week. So — thanks. And feel free to stop in and say hi in person and not just make anonymous insults. We would love to put you to work!

    • EvainArl

      This is an honest question. Why is using “Soto” as opposed to “Areizaga-Soto” bigoted?

      • PikerShorts

        I was under the impression that when addressing someone with a hyphenated Hispanic name it was proper to use the second name.

        I wouldn’t call someone a BIGOT just for misunderstanding the protocol. You’re out of order honcho.

        NOTE: Honcho is derived from a Japanese term so don’t get upset.

        • NameGame

          In spanish names, I think the first part of the last name is the father’s surname and the second part is the mother’s. I think any shortened version is usually using just the father’s. Bigot was uncalled for,

    • brendan

      here’s the deal. Having run campaigns, field programs and communications stuff in the past — you should not be commenting on a blog or anywhere from the campaign office unless you have been explicitly asked to speak on behalf of the campaign.

      This is especially the case when your comments are attacking others. You are not helping the cause. I am starting to fear that the tactics of the Areizaga-Soto campaign were not the slick and effective “taunt/lure into the mud” strategy for taking down someone with a huge starting advantage but rather a personality flaw. Perhaps it has become too personal and discipline among the staff and volunteers is waning, but get your s— together.

      You guys are in the unlikely position of having a chance to win – the best thing you can do in this kind of situation is let them deal with it while focusing on your message. Focus on three bullet points that will get your voters out and have the candidate and his office above the fray for the last week. Perhaps it’s too late for that or perhaps there wasn’t any strategy behind all this to begin with but this kind of shit isn’t working.

    • Funny

      Be there tomorrow am. Who should I ask for.

      • Funny

        No, seriously who will I be talking to? Lee highway above next day blinds.

    • Funny

      SOTO! I hate hyphenated names, I think they are stupid. Pick a name. But a member of Soto’s staff calling me a bigot, now that I think is news worthy. Why is that biggoted? Seriously why? I know what my latino roots are. Name call all you want. See you tomorrow.

      • Whitney Wilson

        I don’t think your bigoted, but you should respect how someone wants his or her name spelled/pronounced, etc. Its just a matter of common courtesy.

      • normal

        Oh yeah? Well your name is funny.

      • arlingtonian

        Hispanic individuals use their father’s and mother’s last name. In other words, Areizaga Soto is his complete last name.

    • Funny

      7:23 am. 18 hour work day? Office looks pretty closed to me. Don’t worry I will stop in again to say ‘hi’.

      • Funny

        9:17 office still closed, just a lonesome campaign worker locked out of the candidates office.

        • John Fontain

          Mr. Areizaga-Soto was meeting with the constituency bright and early this morning at the Virginia Square metro. Based on your posts, it appears you’d rather see him sitting in an empty office than out listening to the wants and needs of the constituents, right?

          And his whereabouts on a particular morning have anything to do with the topic of this ARLnow post, but I can see why you are trying to change the subject.

          • John Fontain

            And just to be clear, I am in no way connected to Jaime or his campaign. I saw him at the metro on my way to work this morning. He was talking to an Asian woman (or as Favola might say, a woman that couldn’t win an elected position in this area because she’s Asian).

          • arlingtonian

            Thank you. Agreed.

          • Lou

            lol

          • Funny

            It is appropriate because it shows that the person posting as Addmited Jaime Supporter is either full of it, or that Soto has not control over his campaign staff.

      • jeez

        Stop stalking and go home before you’re arrested.

        • Funny

          I was asked to stop by and say hi. And as I said before. I have business in the Russell building.

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    Gee — let us think — what is the only difference with this primary and all the others? Hmmmmm….close your eyes and think…

    Oh yeah — one of the candidates is a graduate of Georgetown and Stanford. worked for two of the best law firms in the country, has been a Reservist JAG Army Officer, been a good Arlington Dem and worked in state-wide Democratic campaigns, is the Vice-President of a DPVA Constituency Group, worked for the Caucus Chair for two Sessions, was a Prestigious White House Fellow and was a high level Obama legal appointee for the US Agency for International Development…hmmm…

    Oh, yes. He’s a Latino.

  • brendan

    here’s the deal. Having run campaigns, field programs and communications stuff in the past — you should not be commenting on a blog or anywhere from the campaign office unless you have been explicitly asked to speak on behalf of the campaign.

    This is especially the case when your comments are attacking others. You are not helping the cause. I am starting to fear that the tactics of the Areizaga-Soto campaign were not the slick and effective “taunt/lure into the mud” strategy for taking down someone with a huge starting advantage but rather a personality flaw. Perhaps it has become too personal and discipline among the staff and volunteers is waning, but get your s— together.

    You guys are in the unlikely position of having a chance to win – the best thing you can do in this kind of situation is let them deal with it while focusing on your message. Focus on three bullet points that will get your voters out and have the candidate and his office above the fray for the last week. Perhaps it’s too late for that or perhaps there wasn’t any strategy behind all this to begin with but this kind of s— isn’t working.

    • Funny

      Well said.

  • Whitney Wilson

    I should know the answer to this question, but I don’t. If Ms. Favola were to win the primary and the general election, is she obligated to resign from the Arlington County Board? Or could she stay on, since the Senate position is only “part-time” (at least technically).

    • Thes

      Here’s your answer.

      Code of Virginia, Section 2(point)2(dash)2807 Prohibition against holding two elected offices simultaneously; exceptions.

      No person shall hold more than one elected office at the same time. This section shall apply to every office elected by the qualified voters of the Commonwealth or any political subdivision or part thereof.

      The qualification for and taking of the oath for a second elected office by any person shall operate to vacate any other elected office held by him.

      This section shall not be construed to repeal or affect provisions of law authorizing the sharing of elected offices by two or more jurisdictions. Any person serving in more than one elected office on July 1, 1993, shall be entitled to complete the terms for which he was elected.

      A person may serve as a Presidential elector while holding any other elective office of the Commonwealth or any political subdivision or part thereof, and this section shall not be construed to prohibit such dual officeholding.

  • jjbug1

    HiMe (his English name) has offered Arlington voters a fight. He has had only 2 week service per year with military service, and probably has never spent time on any battlefield, but we owe him some credit for his gifts to the US service effort. But he announces on his ads that he will FIGHT for us! I don’t want that service! Fights are divisive and not often awarding to all the citizens.

    Please recognize that Barbara Favola has experience in describing, discerning, consulting, refining and correcting decisions that don’t work out.

    She is not fighting anything but asking for enlightenment about the problems rising or not yet resolved in Arlington. She walks to work at the Courthouse, and supports her son’s experience at one of Arlington’s optional schools.

    Fighting without goals stated is stupid and damaging. Why do we want a HiMe now?

    • Captain Obvious

      Favola is no consensus-builder to the folks in Richmond; she’s a proponent of the Hot Lanes suit that caused the legislature to punish Arlington with a number of votes last term. Let’s see how she “refines and corrects” THAT decision.

    • LyonParker

      @jjbug1… please respect the man and use his correct name. Your version is quite demeaning.

  • The real Sam

    This is just great. Another Democrat debacle with one side calling another side “racist” as a means to an end for election purposes. You all did it to Frank O’Leary a while back too – similar circumstances.

    Why is it that our Democratic party can’t seem to run against each other in a civil manner? Why do you all find and publicize even the most trivial of comments as a way to attack someone of our own party?

    Attack the issues – say what you would do, and how you would do it better and if a supporter, why you support one candidate over another. Leave out race, sex, appearance, age, etc. Be the Progressive party – ACT LIKE IT!

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    The off-hand way you divided an ethnic name shows a shocking lack of courtesy and understanding of the culture and norms of a large group of people in this world.

    Do you think that Jaime just hyphenates his name for some odd, personal reason rather that the fact this it is his legal name? Maybe you can claim it was laziness rather than bigotry — but, whatever.

    • jjbug1

      How do you want the candidate to say his name? Is he better served by his Spanish name or can we improve his potential by giving him an English name? I don’t think HiMe is far from his friend’s support.

      I have no language but English but I have children who speak 2 or 3 langages. if HiMe cannot engage the I suspect hlis will fail.

      As Latinoa engage, can they demonstrate HiMe knows about

      • EvainArl

        jjbug1, What is your problem? What makes you think you have a right to come on here and say such offensive things? You’re disgusting.

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    And jjbug1 proves — quite well the racism of Favola’s supports perfectly…sigh…

    Jaime’s “English” name would be ‘James.’ But his parents chose to honor their culture and name him what they did. My own father’s parents gave him the Spanish versions of his “name but he used the “Anglicized” versions his whole life to avoid the overt racism of people like jjbug1.

    Reservists serve more than 2 weeks a year — Jaime works as a lawyer for soldiers all over the world, in military courtrooms.

    And, given the fact that 17 out of 21 abortion clinics in the state of Virginia may have to close soon — yes! — I do want a fighter in Richmond.

    • LyonParker

      +1,000,000

    • EvainArl

      Hold on a second there, Admited. Much like Natalie said you don’t speak for her in an earlier comment, I can assure you that jjbug1 doesn’t speak for me or any of the people I know who support Barbara. And jjbug1, you are offensive and disgusting.

    • normal

      Don’t you dare accuse others of racism based on one poster’s statements. Don’t even think about going down that path.

  • Me ke

    Well the race card was played in tHe spirit of getting a vote no matter how it’s done. Anyone who lives here knows knows she could not survive Arlington politics by being a rascist. There is no way something so vulgar could be hidden for so long. Admittedly I was curious about Areizaga-Soto and reading up on him, but when this race card is played it just undermines integrity. I am going with Favola now.

  • LyonParkVoter

    Favola now partially comes clean in the Washington Post and acknowledges that she made the call to Lowell after almost a week.

    More importantly, she appears to acknowledge that she did make comments about his ethnicity, but argues she didn’t say that “he couldn’t be elected because of his ethnicity.” (Sounds like Wiener and others who first deny and then as pressed continued to admit more….)

    Barbara, please be clear on:

    1. What you meant by your comments on his ethnicity?

    2. What you meant by discussing his raising money from family and friends in Puerto Rico?

    3. What was the purpose of even raising Areizaga-Soto’s ethnicity?

    Let’s not get distracted or attempt to muddy the waters as some have attempted from the issue being raised. This has nothing to do with whether a blogger wrote about it or whether Englin’s wife is a consultant.

    The bottom line again is the fact that Favola does not deny making the statements, but refuses to clearly answer the allegations. Favola has done the same on other legitimate issues being raised, such as her glaring Conflicts of Interest and clear violation of the Arlington Code of Ethics by accepting significant and numerous contributions from special interests.

    She just denies the allegations, like in this latest case, without explanation, claims each time that these proper questions are a “new low,” and then tries to blame her transgressions on Areizaga-Soto instead of taking responsibility for her actions.

    So let me state the obvious — it is up to the voters to decide if they are willing to continue to receive these non-answers and if that is what they want in their State Senator. I for one have had enough of these career politicians who think they can do whatever they want, not answer truthfully and take my vote for granted and will be voting for Areizaga-Soto.

  • Whitney Wilson

    Actually, LyonParkVoter, as I read the Post story, she does deny that Lowell’s account of the phone call was accurate:

    “Favola acknowledges the call, but strongly denies she said Areizaga-Soto could not be elected because of his ethnicity. Her supporters say she was answering a question from Feld about the make-up of the 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties, and merely commented on the low number of minorities in the district.”

    • LyonParkVoter

      It is correct that she denies as you point out that “Areizaga-Soto could not be elected because of his ethnicity.”

      But, the point I’m making is that she didn’t say, “I did not discuss Areizaga-Soto’s ethnicity.” She thus implies to me that they did discuss Areizaga-Soto’s ethnicity and as the original posting showed, she raised his ethnicity more than once during the conversation (i.e. Lowell pointing out that voters in the 31st overwhelmingly voted for Obama and there is not a large African-American voter base. She responded that Areizaga-Soto is no Obama to which he responded that she was no Hillary Clinton).

      That is why I’d like to hear her answers directly in a non-career politician way:

      1. What was the purpose of even raising Areizaga-Soto’s ethnicity in the first place?

      2. bvWhat she meant by her comments on his ethnicity — no Latino base in the District and that there are no Latinos living here(despite representing 12%)?

      3. What she was trying to convey by discussing his raising money from family and friends in Puerto Rico?

      I guess I’m not reading her to say that she did not discuss ethnicity. Is this what you mean? I’d give Favola the benefit of the doubt if this were the first time, but this is just the latest example of her not directly answering questions.

      • Whitney Wilson

        I read it essentially as a pretty narrow denial; in other words that she did not say that Mr. Areizaga-Soto could not be elected because of his ethnicity, which I think was the root of the racism charge.

        • LyonParkVoter

          Ok. Guess, we’ll have to see if she can elaborate further on the questions posed.

  • Civic Activist

    This primary could just be Round #1 in a series. If Barbara beats Jaime and then wins the General Election, she would have to resign from her County Board seat. Then, Jaime could run for that open seat: Si Se Puede! Would Barbara support him? OR, will we have run out of mud in the County before then?

  • NUCLEAR.OPTION.FAIL

    Many of us who live and work in this area deal with politics on a professional level…

    I would also venture that many of us were undecided as to whom we would support in this primary…

    Risks are taken every day, sometimes a huge gamble pays in dividends, sometimes it results in a total loss…

    At some point, the Areizaga-Soto Campaign decided to play what they considered the “Nuclear” option…

    “Nuclear” it was alright…I can’t vote for someone who tries to divide a constituency through race baiting and just unabashed ugliness.

    Jamie – Sorry pal, this vote is for Favola. What you seem… Stanford, White House, Attorney, etc is one thing. The lengths and depths your people will go to is another. You have no one to thank BUT the person who made that decision to go “Nuclear.”

    You didn’t have to lose. Think like an adult next time.

    • truthteller

      And you don’t think Favola’s been pretty darn negative — maybe even NUCLEAR? Having MM Whipple call him an intern? Pushpolls claiming Jaime was a Republican? Mailers falsely accusing him of despoiling the Amazon, being a Bush Adminstration official (when he was a non-partisan White House Fellow), and claiming he was responsible for the financial crisis because he was in the Treasury Department?

      Also, Favola’s supporters have threatened anyone who deigned to run against her. So I think those who back her shouldn’t be so high & mighty

  • TylerDurden
    • Lou

      It’s good to see even her former supporters acknowledge that her tactics were racist. I commented here immediately after looking at her attack website on Areizaga-Soto that it seemed somewhat xenophobic. It seems to be an underlying theme in her campaign strategy.

    • NUCLEAR.OPTION.FAIL

      the author of that post has posted many times on this blog. My universe doesn’t start and end with that one person. >Everyone<

  • HeyBabs

    some guy was just seen on Lee Hwy in front of Jaime’s office… in the middle of the day… taking down all of Jaime’s signs and replacing them with Favola’s. yeah…. she’s definitely taking the high road, for sure!

    like signs are going to help her now.

  • TylerDurden

    Mrs. Favola was just seen outside in her neighborhood… walking her dog and letting it crap in her neighbor’s yard.

    This is somewhat ironic, considering that Mrs. Favola will crap on everyone’s stuff but her own if she’s elected.

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