Krystal Ball to Convention Delegates: “Democratic values are American values”

Democrats helped Krystal Ball (D-Fredericksburg) shed the presumptive nominee label by selecting her to be the official democratic nominee from Virginia’s 1st Congressional District at a convention this past Saturday.

Ball wasted little time in drawing a sharp contrast between her and Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Montross).

When we passed Social Security they threatened to repeal it, when we passed Medicare they threatened to repeal it and now, now that we have passed health care reform they are threatening to repeal it. Well I have one message for Eric Cantor and John Boehner and to Rob Wittman. Let me say this clearly. I don’t care what your buddies in the health insurance lobby want we are not going backwards!

So what are Wittman’s legislative priorities? You’ll have to ask Eric Cantor (R-VA-7th).

As long as we have politicians like Rob Wittman, nothing is going to change. You know Rob Wittman. He has been our Congressman for three years now. And in that three years he’s basically learned one thing, which is how to vote the way Eric Cantor tells him to.

You see Wittman is nothing more than a lap dog for Cantor. As I’ve previously written, Wittman has done Cantor’s bidding 1657 times or 93 percent of time. Folks in Virginia’s 1st district deserve some real representation and not a lap dog!

Ball also notes that while folks in the 1st district are being left behind, Wittman is taking good care of his friends on Wall Street.  While Wittman votes against extending unemployment insurance, he fights to preserve Wall Street executive bonuses. It’s called “No Banker Left Behind!

Worse yet, while Wittman fights for Wall Street over Main Street, he also continues to pay lip service to our veterans and the environment. Priorities Rob, priorities!

Rob Wittman is the worst kind of politician. He is the kind of politician who talks about veterans and then votes against Sen. Webb’s 21st century GI bill. He is the type of politician, who talks about the [Chesapeake] Bay, and how important it is and how we have to clean it up, and then he turns around and votes against the Clean Estuaries Act. Rob Wittman takes his orders from credit cards companies, health insurance companies and banks. But you know what, those guys already have enough members of congress fighting for them. We need a fighter for the 1st district of Virginia!

Ball concluded things best by saying that voters have a clear choice come November.

They can choose between tax cuts for the few and balancing the budget for everyone, between preserving the middle class and preserving Wall Street executive bonuses, between leaders who are willing to stand up for what’s right and those who only stand for their own re-election.

It’s time to fire wrong way Rob and hire a full-time representative who stands up for Main Street over Wall Street, who does more than provide lip service to our veterans and environment and who doesn’t take orders from credit card companies, health insurance companies or banks, but the American people. That person is clearly Krystal Ball!

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5 comments on “Krystal Ball to Convention Delegates: “Democratic values are American values”
  1. “no bankers left behind”, yes, they support the democrats, Goldman Sachs, again supporting the democrats, and as far as bankers giving mortgages they know they could never pay back, that was forced upon the banks by both Carter and Clinton, who were both democrats.

    • Marc says:

      Garrett – Let’s get a few things straight. The financial meltdown was a result of former Sen. Phil Gramm’s (R-TX) efforts to pass laws that weakened the ability of the government to properly regulate the financial markets and protect consumers. He repeatedly blocked efforts to curtail deceptive or predatory lending practices, advanced
      legislation meant to weaken government oversight of Wall Street and ensured that there would be virtually no regulation of the derivatives
      market. This includes credit default swaps, which played a major role in the financial meltdown.

      It would seem that Republicans would rather rewrite history versus
      learning from their mistakes. Republicans are determined to weaken the financial reform legislation currently making its way through Congress. They are doing everything in their power to protect the swap market and their friends on Wall Street. Credit Default Swaps (CDSs) are one of the main reasons behind the financial crisis. Speculators used these sort of derivatives to bet against the creditworthiness of folks taking out home loans. As credit conditions worsened, the banks couldn’t offload their positions due their lack of liquidity. This severely exacerbated the financial crisis and was a major factor in the housing bubble bursting to the degree that it did.

      Republicans are doing everything in their power to try and weaken new
      derivative regulations proposed by Democrats. So let’s get one thing straight here: Republicans are putting the interests of Wall Street over that of Main Street. As this should surprise anyone anymore?!

      In fairness, there is a lot of blame to go around for how we got to this point – including some for Democrats; however, what’s clear is that Republicans have no interest in actually solving a problem that they were instrumental in creating. Democrats, on the other hand, are
      serious about preventing a repeat of history!

  2. ummm, this girls really brained washed, the health insurance lobbyist supported the health care bill, and the democrats received 4 to 1 the amount of money the Republicans did. The wars in the middle east have nothing to do with energy, where did she get that thought from? code pink. That democrat senator, who allowed the civil rights act, was the only southern democrat to vote for the bill, the rest of the southern representatives, who were all democrats, voted against the bill. Krystal can make up her talking points, but she can not make up facts or history.

    • Marc says:

      Garrett – You seriously believe that the wars in the middle east have
      nothing to do with energy? If so, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in
      Alaska. I’m not saying that energy is the only issue contributing to
      the conflicts in the middle east, but it IS a major issue.

      The only person brain washed here is you. As for rewriting history,
      here is exactly what Krystal said:

      When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law he did say
      that we have lost the south for a generation. But, I’ve got some bad
      news for Rob Wittman. I’m not from that generation.

      So Krystal’s main point is that she isn’t from that generation and is
      the sort of Democrat who can win again. How is this a rewrite of
      history? I’ll give you an A for obfuscating what was actually said.

      What exactly has Wittman accomplished, since he was elected? Ding, Ding. Nothing! He’s a career politician who takes his orders from
      Cantor, while delivering nothing of value to his district. Talk about
      a do nothing!

  3. Moderate By Nature says:

    Congressman Wittman is a hard line vote. Plain and simple. I agree with Ms. Ball completely in her saying that he will always fall in line with the way the Republican Party votes… but then again, the ENTIRE Republican Party is a hard line vote now.

    There is a completely lack of thought or tossing ideas around from the right side. Republicans who think about the pros and cons of each issue are chastised and now even primaries if they even think about the issues. This repulsive behavior makes for elected officials who blindly support those writing checks. Prime Example: Rob Wittman.