Saturday, May 14, 2005

Bolling Response

Free Image Hosting at VS. Image Hosted by Bill Bolling sent out an e-mail in response to the article in the Examiner. Heres a small bit of the e-mail: Now, Connaughton has resorted to desperate measures. He is using deception, distortion and dishonesty to attack my personal character, integrity and professional business reputation... Ms. Hollingsworth alleges that I must have known of ROA’s financial problems because I was a highly paid executive of the company, earning more than $250,000 a year! Imagine how surprised I was to hear that. During my employment with ROA my salary never approached $250,000. That is a bold faced lie.... While Mr. Connaughton says he had nothing to do with this column, his campaign is eagerly distributing it in every part of Virginia. The people of Virginia deserve better than this from someone who would serve at Lieutenant Governor. When I first heard of Mr. Connaughton’s negative attacks I debated whether or not to respond to them. However, I ultimately decided that I wanted to make sure that my friends and supporters knew the facts so you could respond to these allegations when you hear them.... -I can see some of it being blown out of proportion, but this... What ever happened to Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment – Thou shall speak no evil of a fellow Republican? Well, in the campaign for Lieutenant Governor Sean Connaughton has chosen to throw President Reagan’s 11th commandment out the window. -A little to far from Bolling, considering he began the negative attacks, telling voters down state Connaughton was "a pro-choice tax-raising liberal" months ago. Bolling's word of the campaign is "dishonest", and its always in reference to Connaughton, as hes tries to smear Connaughton's name based on false facts. -If you want to play the game, don't start crying when something with some half-truths comes out.. This race is going to get ugly


At 5/14/2005 01:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll tell you what's ugly. . . that picture of Sean Connaughton.


At 5/14/2005 07:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bolling has a history (at least in this campaign of failing to take things head-on and instead vilifying Connaughton. I don't see this as Bolling v. Connaughton, I see it as either Bolling v. the Press, or Bolling v. Bolling's Past. Deal with it Bill, but don't start blaming others. You may have good explanations, but Connaughton didn't make you take Reciprocal's very generous pay package while you were a State Senator.

At 5/14/2005 02:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This entire story by Hollingsworth is ridiculous and it is even more absurd to turn around and act like Bill Bolling is responsible for this ignorant political hatchet job that was almost certainly organized by the Connaughton campaign. Virtually every third party source involved in investigating the Reciprocal Group affair have stated that Bolling had nothing to do with it- but does reality stop Hollingsworth and the Connaughton camp from saying otherwise? Of course not.

The article is filled with misleading fluff that ignores the truth in this whole situation. Hollingsworth worked with Connaughton's press secretary and given the factual inaccuracies and omissions present the campaign’s reprehensible connection is more than just suspect.

The Connaughton campaign should be ashamed.

At 5/14/2005 05:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or should you be ashamed for drinking the "Kool Aide" and simply regurgitating Bolling's response?

At 5/14/2005 08:55:00 PM, Anonymous Mitch Cumstein said...

Kool Aid. Nice. I was thinking cyanide and rattlesnakes, but that works too.

At 5/14/2005 09:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That too.

At 5/15/2005 09:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... and what does it mean that Connaughton's press secretary "worked with" Hollingsworth. Were they political cohorts? Nope. They both worked as journalists for the same newspaper years ago. Since the "press secretary" is a journalist with at least 30 years experience in the field, he's likely to have worked with any journalist who wrote the story (except for a new college grad). So, I don't think it's such "shocking" news that they had worked together at one time.

Bolling says he made "considerably less" than the reported $250K. I wonder, how much less? It's odd that he didn't say.

At 6/01/2005 11:53:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Well, at least Bolling isn't lying about his record like Connaughton is. "Cut taxes"?!?!? My property tax bill is 60% higher than when Connaughton took office.
The only good reason for someone in Prince William to vote for Connaughton is to get him out of the business of writing our budget and setting our tax rates.
And as for the notion that "The Connaughton campaign should be ashamed" expressed by anon3, well, the Great Prevaricator aka Slick Willie proved what you can get away with when you're shameless. To-wit, anon6's innuendo.


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