A month ago I posted a mailer of Stimpson and Howell endorsing Allen in the senate primary, and asked how she could claim to be Anti-Establishment. Her supporters responded by strongly telling me I was wrong, and that her connection with Howell wasn’t that strong. Earlier this month I posted a joint mailer Stimpson and Howell sent when there was no upcoming election in which they praised each other, and in that post I pointed out the incredible support Howell gave to Stimpson’s Supervisor race. Stimpson’s supporters argued even stronger that I was taking things out of context, and that Stimpson is an independent who will stand up to Bill Howell when she is Lieutenant Governor.
Now I present to you Susan Stimpson in her own words.
Before I progress, I want to point something out. I do not object to having a Lieutenant Governor who has a good working relationship with Bill Howell. The next Lieutenant Governor better have that. What I object to is 1.) someone who is disingenuous about her relationship with the Speaker and 2.) someone who is unable or unwilling to stand up to him when elected. Tragically Susan is both of these.
Susan Stimpson is a woman who remember’s where she came from, and she knows and readily admits that she is where she is because of Bill Howell’s support and mentorship. He is also someone she readily calls for advice. When you watch the full speech, it is clear that Bill Howell is the person who has had the greatest influence on her of anyone in Stafford County.
If Stimpson wants to argue that she will stand up to Bill Howell when elected, then clearly she has forgotten “where she came from,” something she claimed only a year and a half ago she doesn’t do.
To me Stimpson’s recent Anti-Howell rhetoric seems like political opportunism and disloyalty not any sort of principled stand. Bill Howell hasn’t changed much in the last year and a half. What is Stimpson going to do when she get’s to Richmond? Is she going to call Howell for advice if we elect her? Do you really believe that someone Stimpson considers her mentor, owes her seat to, and relies on for advice is someone she can say no to when push comes to shove?
Some things are just a bit too hard to believe…
Either she isn’t who she claims to be, lied a year and a half ago about Howell, or had quite the opportunistic political conversion.
UPDATE: Stimpson supporters are claiming this article doesn’t matter since a rift developed between Stimspon and Howell in early 2012. It was clearly after the spring 2012 photo shoot which means the supposed rift took place right before she announced for LG in the summer of 2012. This “rift” sounds like an opportunistic political conversion reminiscent of Romney’s pre-election position changes. That response sure doesn’t help me trust Stimpson.