Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Mrs. Obenshain Sets the Record Straight

Here is the editorial from the DNR today. Mrs. O really let Fulk have it. Its a pretty good letter to the editor.

A Misleading Ad
In his first TV ad, did Lowell Fulk tell the voters anything positive about his vision for the Valley? No. He aired a misleading, and shrill attack ad in which he offered mistruths about Matt Lohr’s record and service to this community.
Lowell has apparently fallen under the influence of this small but vocal liberal minority in our area who last year bitterly attacked the president. It is unfortunate that the people of the Valley are being subjected to this misinformation. Matt Lohr has never backed away from any question concerning his positions on the issues or his service to the community.
Here is the truth. During his tenure on the county school board, Matt Lohr has attended 84 percent of its scheduled meetings. This information is a matter of public record.
Fulk’s attack ad also falsely claims that Matt voted to raise his own pay as a member of the county school board. Matt did vote to raise the pay of school board members by $1,700 per year (the first increase in 17 years). The measure was approved by 80 percent of the board. The raise will not ever apply to Matt Lohr. The raise takes effect in 2006. Matt’s tenure on the school board will end December of this year.
I hope that the final two months of the race will on the true issues and not fabrications.
Suzanne S. Obenshain


  • At 10/03/2005 11:17 AM, Blogger republitarian said…


    They'd better hope they don't publish my wife's letter.

    How come you haven't made any comment about Lohr's capmaign event attendance. Mmmmm????

  • At 10/03/2005 11:28 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Whats there to dispute, he wasnt there at the events you discussed.
    None of his absences were going to cause him to not answer his toughest critics.
    Fulk's did.
    Fulks absence will hurt him due to the timing of Lohr's ads.

  • At 10/03/2005 12:53 PM, Blogger republitarian said…

    Who are you blaming for Lowell stomach virus? God?

  • At 10/03/2005 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hmmm, it looks like Lowell stole a page from the GOP playbook.

    Go Lowell!!

  • At 10/03/2005 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Does anyone know if Fulk voted for the same pay raise? Furthermore if Lowell DID vote for it, then he would have to know when it would take effect and whether or not Lohr would receive the increase.

  • At 10/03/2005 4:38 PM, Blogger republitarian said…

    No, that issue came up several times during Lowell's tenure. He always voted no. I checked.

  • At 10/03/2005 4:49 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I'm not blaming anyone on his stomach virus.
    I am just saying he better explain his positions on these issues or its going to be the downfall of him.

  • At 10/04/2005 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It was not the point whether or not he voted for or against the pay raise, if he voted on it either way, then he had to know when it would take effect. As such, claiming that Lohr voted to give himself a raise was disingenuous.

  • At 10/04/2005 10:34 AM, Anonymous Valley Centrist said…

    Pay close attention to Obenshain's wording in her letter to the editor. Note how she claims Lohr attended 84% of 'scheduled' meetings. How about the 'special' meetings that school board members are also expected to attend? Don't they count? I suspect this explains the difference in the two camps numbers. So who's misleading who here? Hopefully, the DNR will clear this issue up with a fact based article in the near future.

  • At 10/05/2005 4:42 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    centrist, the article you had hoped for has now arrived.


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