Thursday, July 14, 2016

Virginia Senator Uses VSP Registry Data to Shame Volunteer Advocate and Her Husband to Committee Members During General Assembly Hearings

Starting in May 2016 I began requesting meetings with 14 Virginia Delegates and Senators, some were newly elected, some have been around for a couple years and some I have been trying to get a meeting with for the last 5 years. 

From mid-May to today of the 14 requests I have sat down with 5 Virginia Legislators for 30 to 60 minutes and my husband was able to attend 3 of those meetings with me. 

I am pleased to say that all 5 of these meetings went very well and we’ve had some very bad meetings with Virginia Legislators or their Legislative Assistants over the last 7 years… I know a bad meeting when it happens. 

Of the remaining 9 requests that I have made, 2 have flat-out refused to meet with me because I’m not their constituent. It was funny because I ran into one of them this past Monday while we were waiting to go into a meeting and I reintroduced myself to him because he acted like he had no idea who I was or what my platform is about.  

1 other out of the 9 replied that they only schedule meetings during session, so I’ll be scheduling a meeting with her in January 2017. 

I will continue to try to get the other 6 requests booked before Thanksgiving, 2 of them I’ve been trying to meet with for the last 7 years. 

I considered posting which Virginia Delegates/Senators have flat-out refused to meet with me or the ones who just give me the run-around year in and year out........thinking that perhaps those of you who are their constituents could contact them and ask them to meet with me but I’ve decided against that. I will just keep chiseling-away at them and hope one day they will agree to a meeting with me on reforming the VSP Registry and our sexual statutes. 

BUT I am going to name one Virginia Legislator here today because I have learned just how petty and juvenile they have been towards me and my husband during Senate Courts of Justice Committee meetings over the years. 

I was advised by a Virginia Senator that their colleague Senator Tom Garrett (who is currently running for the U.S. Congress) has pulled up my husbands VSP Registry photograph during past GA session Senate Courts of Justice Committee meetings and showed it to the other members of the Committee while I’m speaking to the Committee or while my husband was speaking to the Committee (because I was down the hall covering a House Committee meeting).