Well..of all the races coming up in 2013 I personally believe the most pivotal will be who will take up the torch from our current A.G. I have pretty much made up my mind on that race(this is not an endorsement ), but still would like to know why each candidate is running for this important position in the Commonwealth. The first campaign I have reached out to is that of FFX County Clerk of the Court Mr. John Frey. I asked Campaign Manager Chris Farmer, Why is John Frey running for A.G? What follows is his very detailed response :
Why Frey is Running,
John Frey has been the Clerk of the Court for Fairfax County for over 20 years. In this role, he has served as the administrator for the largest Circuit Court in Virginia.
He is running for Attorney General because over the years as Clerk he has noticed that Richmond has become more and more like the bloated bureaucracy that plagues Washington. He feels compelled to run now because of a specific case of tax fraud. John’s office discovered over $100 million in state recordation tax fraud. When John met with the Virginia Department of Taxation about going after the perpetrators, he was told that the case was too complex and would take too much staff time to pursue. He was also told that the Department of Taxation did not have the authority to contract out enforcement duties. The more John thought about it the madder he got. He then sent an email asking the Tax Commissioner if the Department of Taxation would support legislation that would grant statutory authority for the Department or Clerks to go after recordation tax fraud by contracting out enforcement duties. The answer he received was no. Well, John feels that that is just wrong. Both appointed and elected officials have a duty to go after tax fraud. It is not fair to the honest, tax-paying Virginians for the government to ignore tax fraud just because it is too complex and would take too much staff time to pursue.
John is a Constitutional Officer, a lawyer and a law-and-order kind of guy. He believes that when you see something that is unlawful you must step up and take care of it. Right now he sees Richmond heading in the direction that could ultimately lead to a state government similar to the federal government; big, bloated and burdened by its own inefficient bureaucracy. John has streamlined Virginia’s largest Circuit Court. He has ushered Fairfax County’s courts through the transition to the information age by overseeing the installation of automated services, online access, and a more efficient system for jury duty selection and service. He has 163 employees underneath him and he probably knows each one of them because of how nice and personable he is with everyone. So he has the skills, the drive and the right record on which to run.
There is one more round of ammunition that John Frey has in his holster: serious electability. William F. Buckley told conservatives that when voting in conventions/primaries one should vote for the most conservative candidate who has the best chance at winning the General Election. In Virginia, that means the candidate from Northern Virginia should be the most electable selection. The convention will have a weighted vote, but the General Election won’t, and that means the heavy concentrations of Democrats and independents in Northern Virginia can flood the ballot boxes. John won re-election in 2007, the high water mark for Democrats in Fairfax County. John is one of the two county-wide elected Republicans left in Fairfax. Republicans need to have inroads up here to lessen the damage. John lives in Fairfax County and went to West Springfield High School.
Thank you Chris for the response, stay tuned folks for the other two candidates Delegate Rob Bell and Senator Mark Obenshain.