Letter: Brenda Bengtson, Hamilton

Editor:  I’m grateful to those in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate who made voting more accessible to Virginians during the pandemic. H.O.D. District #33 can look forward to a great addition to their number with Paul Siker.

Paul Siker listens, believes in good governance, communicates positively and effectively, believes in citizen participation, shows up to forums, respects property rights, and follows the rule of law. Even longtime Republicans recognize how radical the current District 33 Delegate is. Many of them support Paul Siker. 

Nearly eight years ago, Dave LaRock ran a divisive primary campaign against Joe May. From  the beginning, LaRock chose to make constituent services non-existent by creating an  unwelcoming “home” office; to post derisive comments on social media about those seeking help; to turn his Facebook page into a place of rage, blocking posts that challenged his assumptions; to hide from tough questions by avoiding debates/forums; to denigrate public education; to destroy private property; to use belief systems as a cudgel; to spread disinformation about Covid-19; to make conspiracy theories a centerpiece of his campaign;  and to express disdain for democratic norms. 

In other words, LaRock chose to cancel constituents and real representation for nearly eight years. Deeming many of us unimportant or unworthy, he cancelled opportunities for service. He cancelled voices of those who responded in disagreement. He cancelled women leaders, especially those of color, by altering photos with unflattering and stereotypical posts on social media. He cancelled civility by bullying constituents, based on belief systems, diversity, or equity issues. He tried to cancel citizen participation, voting against at least nine of the legislative voting improvements during the pandemic. Those measures passed the House of Delegates by significant margins. Thankfully, Virginia voters used ballot drop boxes and early in-person no-excuse options despite his “no” votes.

Perhaps the most egregious abuse of his office, LaRock chose to support sedition and cancel the votes of local, state, and national citizens by attending the attempted coup on Insurrection Day, Jan. 6, 2021. He tried to cancel 138,372 Loudoun voters, 2,413,568 Virginia voters, and 81,281,502 American voters who legitimately elected President Biden in a free and fair manner. He and other Virginia legislators chose to attend rallies that perpetuated a lie manufactured by the ex-president. He signed a letter to the ex-vice-president to decertify the results of the 2020 election. He ignored the fact that 100 plus law enforcement officers were injured while defending the Capitol. After 60 failed lawsuits/attempts and no evidence of widespread fraud, I have to ask if he wishes to cancel democracy itself by nullifying our votes? His disdain for constituents is evident as is his preference for autocracy, fascism, and theocracy. No thanks. 

Please vote for Paul Siker for welcome change, real constituent services, lawful actions, and civil communication. 

Brenda Bengtson, Hamilton

4 thoughts on “Letter: Brenda Bengtson, Hamilton

  • 2021-10-20 at 7:48 pm

    The writer provides a nice summary of Delegate LaRock’s problematic behavior. I would add that he made an off-color remark to Chair Randall that she recounted on social media. She wasn’t amused & doesn’t care for the gentleman. I don’t want to bash Delegate LaRock. But he’s also made racial comments that are completely unacceptable. All of this is to say, “I’m for Paul Siker.” Please vote Loudoun!

  • 2021-10-20 at 7:52 pm

    LaRock is a disgrace to American democracy. Let’s make sure he doesn’t go back to Richmond on our behalf. We can’t afford to waste a vote when so many important issues come before the Virginia delegates. LaRock only cases about keeping his base of Trumpers happy. We don’t need that any longer.

  • 2021-10-20 at 8:20 pm

    A week and a half ago, Terry Mcauliffe (D) candidate for Virginia Governor, while being interviewed on CNN, made the claim that both the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections were stolen by the (R)s.

    He has made a habit of perpetuating these lies for over two decades.

    Surely he’s not fit to hold office, right?

    Vote for Glenn Youngkin for a welcome change.

  • 2021-10-29 at 12:58 pm

    Brenda, I’m curious to hear why you needed “more accessible” voting during the pandemic. Did you go to the grocery store in 2020? If so, you could have easily stood in line to vote on Election Day — like I did. Election integrity is what separates our nation from banana republics. I applaud Del. LaRock for asking VP Pence to not certify the election — there were serious issues that deserved to be addressed if for no other reason than to show the general public that many states violated election law. Pennsylvania, for example, improperly changed their laws by having the Sec of State and the Attorney General do an end-run around the PA Constitution, which says election rules can ONLY be changed by the PA legislature. Until we get back to “one day, one person, one vote” elections… we’re going to have cheating. Just think how many people who voted early for McAuliffe now regret their vote after hearing him say parents should have no say in what their children are taught in school. That’s why you don’t have early voting — because people don’t have access to the same information when they cast their vote. Next Tuesday (on Election Day) I’m voting for Youngkin — and for freedom.

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