Matt Letourneau Admits He Was Fooled

Dulles district supervisor Matt Letourneau got raked over the coals in a letter to Leesburg Today, for not warning his constituents that Dominion Virginia Power planned to run power-lines directly along Route 50. Big ones, too. Like this one:

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Letourneau didn’t warn anyone because (he says) he didn’t know. His challenger, Anjan Chimaladinne, is pointing out that, after having multiple meetings with Dominion, months ahead of time, Letourneau should have known. Anjan is right, and it proves conclusively that he should be the next district supervisor.

Albeit with different boundaries, I was the previous Dulles supervisor. I regularly met with representatives of businesses and other groups that wanted to build projects in our district. As a Democrat, I knew that a lot of those projects were sponsored by entities that don’t typically support us lefties. Still, we met, and, as best I could, I made sure I was able to pass reliable, complete information to my constituents. Letourneau, as a Republican, particularly as a Republican associated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and most particularly as a Republican associated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in his capacity as a public relations expert on energy, should have known what Dominion was doing.

In a stridently defensive letter of his own, Letourneau goes on at great length, recounting the extensive history of his many contacts with Dominion, including the public-input phase that he apparently wants credit for having helped orchestrate. A funny thing to brag about, however, when, in his own words, Letourneau says, “the public outreach process was for show.” After all those meetings, how could Letourneau not have known that?

…the public outreach process was for show.

In his letter, Letourneau starts out by attacking the writer of the letter complaining about his ineffectiveness, saying it was written by, “a long-time Democratic activist.” Why that’s a defense, he doesn’t say. What’s important, however, is that Letourneau, a long-time Republican activist, is supposed to be the friend of business (as all Republicans say they are). If anyone should have been able to build a relationship of trust with, and get straight information from, Dominion Virginia Power, wouldn’t a Republican say he should have been able to do it? Instead, Letourneau still wants you to vote for him, even though he didn’t know what Dominion was up to, because he got fooled, and he says we shouldn’t blame him for that.

I don’t recall anyone, ever saying my mistakes as a supervisor (yes, I made some) were excusable in those cases where somebody played me. Most certainly, I would not have suggested that being played was an excuse when the issue involved something that was a bedrock Democratic strong-point. Here, an elected Republican whose professional resumé emphasizes his fondness for the energy business community, just got played by one of the biggest energy businesses in Virginia.

If a pro-business Republican, particularly this pro-business Republican, can’t protect you from the public-relations trickery of a major Virginia business, what good is he to you?

If I still lived in the Dulles district, I would vote for change. I would vote for Anjan.

Author: FirewallNOVA Left

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3 thoughts on “Matt Letourneau Admits He Was Fooled”

  1. Matt LeTourneau is lying to his constituents.

    It is a real shame that he does not have the courage to admit he made a mistatke in his quest to make data centers by-right everywhere.

    The Loudoun Board’s approval of Zoning Ordinance Amendment ZOAM 2013-0003 on April 2, 2014 made the “Data Center” use permitted by-right in the CLI Zoning District.

    Prior to that ZOAM approval, there were only three (3) limited “Office” uses allowed in the CLI zoning district, namely, “Office, Administrative”, Office, Business”, and “Office, Professional”. Each one of these three type of office uses had precise definitions. See attached.

    I do not see any honest way that a data center use could fit under any of these three (3) kinds of limited office uses allowed in the CLI Zoning District. Please read these three definitions and let me know if you concur. The only conceivable way that one could reach a conclusion that data centers were allowed by-right in the CLI Zoning District prior to the approval of ZOAM 2013-0003, would be in the context of an accessory use data center, such as a permitted by-right professional office building with 60,000 square feet of building area with 10,000 square feet of data center uses in the basement supporting the principal professional data center use.

    For that reason, it is clear that the data center use, as a non-accessory, principal use, became permitted by-right in the CLI Zoning District on April 2, 2014 and was not so permitted prior to that date.

    I hope his disingenuousness gets out to this constituents.

  2. I forgot to attach this in my last post.

    Below is a comprehensive listing of the universe of “office” uses allowed by-right in the CLI zoning district.

    Supervisor LeTourneau, if you read this, please tell me how you can squeeze a data center use into any of these three definitions:

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    Office, Administrative: Any room, studio, clinic, suite or building wherein the primary use is the conduct of a business such as accounting, correspondence, research, editing, administration, or analysis.

    Office, Business or Sales: Any room, studio, clinic, suite or building wherein the primary use is the conduct of a business by salesmen, sales representatives, or manufacturers’ representatives.

    Office, Professional: Any room, studio, clinic, suite or building wherein the primary use is the conduct of a business by professionals such as, but not limited to, engineers, architects, land surveyors, artists, musicians, lawyers, accountants, real estate brokers, insurance agents, dentists or physicians, urban planners, and landscape architects.

    Source: http://www.loudoun.gov/DocumentCenter/View/99645

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