The eyes of the world will be on Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia on Tuesday October 4 for the Vice Presidential Debate
There is a bold move the Trump campaign should consider making before Indiana Governor Mike Pence takes the stage on Tuesday night in Farmville, Virginia to debate Virginia’s former governor and current U.S. Senator Tim Kaine for the VP slot.
Trump should fire his campaign manager in Virginia for incompetence and tell Congressman Dave Brat to ‘get off his behind’ and start producing some tangible results.
Several months ago at a luncheon gathering of voters in the conservative Virginia 7th District that Dave Brat represents, a woman who attended the event spoke with Virginia Trump Campaign Chairman Corey Stewart and personally handed him a large envelope that contained highly sensitive documentation about Whistleblower retaliation in May 2011 that the Obama administration has been covering up. After hearing about the egregious situation and the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars involved, Mr. Stewart told the woman that he would deliver the envelop to Mr. Trump.
The situation the woman described to Mr. Stewart involved substantiated complaints of federal defense contractor overbilling, corruption and fraud totaling more than $600 million dollars at the Department of Defense for technology systems that never got built. The Whistleblower – who was a senior management official at the company – was retaliated against by the contracting company and fired for making the report. The DoD IG issued a highly redacted report that said the Whistleblower in this case did not report the wrongdoing to the right person at DoD so the crimes that were reported would not be investigated by the Inspector General or resolved. The Secretary of Defense at the time of the complaint was Robert Gates, who before being confirmed by the Senate had served on the board of directors of the company involved.
The decision to end the investigation by the DoD IG was so ridiculous that on September 18, 2014 a bi-partisan group in Congress including Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Carl Levin (D-MI), and Representatives Adam Smith (D-WA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter chastising the DoD Inspector General for their handling of the case.
Read the Letter Congress Sent to the DoD Inspector General
The DoD IG and contract company collaborated to stall the investigation to drive up the Whistleblower’s legal costs. After more than five years of fighting this injustice, the Whistleblower and his attorney David Marshal – who together spent over $100,000 on the case – decided that they could not proceed further without the Whistleblower and his wife mortgaging their house. As a result, the case was dropped. When the woman who is the wife of the Whistleblower met with Corey Stewart earlier this year, she had hope that a Trump presidency would address Whistleblower retaliation in the federal government. Now she and her family know why he will not – staff incompetence.
After many painstaking inquiries throughout the summer with Mr. Stewart’s staff, the woman was finally told recently by a staffer that Corey Stewart probably lost the envelope she provided him and that it cannot be found.
In another case of Whistleblower retaliation in the Virginia 7th District there is evidence that Congressman Dave Brat ignored a Whistleblower’s many pleas for help. Court documents show that Congressman Dave Brat (R-Va) has not lifted a finger to support a Whistleblower in his district who reported wrongdoing to the congressman’s office and within days of that report the Whistleblower lost his federal job. That Whistleblower has been saddled with more than $15,000 in legal and administrative fees to defend his rights and that amount is expected to go up.
The complaint involves formal reports by senior managers at the Department of Labor of systemic racial discrimination against African Americans and widespread retaliation against Whistleblowers that is being ignored by the Obama administration, the Inspector General, and Congress. The case includes evidence of abuses of power, contracting fraud and even bribery for the silence of senior executives in the federal government. Court proceedings are still pending before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to sources inside the Labor Department, the court dates for these complaints are being delayed until after the election is done.
In a recent email to Lisa S. Kyle who is a District Reprehensive in the Office of Congressman Dave Brat, the Whistleblower wrote:
“A report of systemic racism and whistleblower retaliation at the U.S. Department of Labor was reported to Zachary Williams in Congressman Brat’s office on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 2:01 PM. … That official notification of racism and whistleblower retaliation was made after many phone consultations with your office on how to properly report civil rights violations and report whistleblower retaliation in the federal government.”
The email goes on to say:
“Tell the congressman (Brat) he is useless and instead of spending all his time posting conservative BS on his Facebook page tell him he should get off his behind and serve his constituents. You people are pathetic and have no clue what it is like to fight for your country. You’re too busy trying to keep your jobs. Another Cantor. All talk no action.”
At the Virginia State Republican Convention on April 30, 2016, Corey Stewart announced his intention to run for Governor of Virginia. If Mr. Trump is serious about campaigning in Virginia and winning the state, he needs to show Virginia voters and the Republican Establishment in the state that he will surround himself with people who are competent and can do the job.
We need change in Washington D.C. and that starts at the top. Mr. Trump should fire Corey Stewart and appoint someone who cares about the voters and taxpayers in Virginia. Trump should also tell Congressman Dave Brat that feeding red meat to his conservative supporters on Facebook is not an accomplishment that he should tout – and to go accomplish something in Congress other than making posts on his Facebook account.
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