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Is Rollins scared of Urquhart?
Rollins Misrepresents the Facts
A recent commercial by the Michele Rollins campaign makes some disturbing allegations which need to be addressed. The allegations are either a serious misunderstanding of the facts or a willful distortion of them. I offer the best antidote which is the truth.Myth: Michele Rollins accused Glen Urquhart of profiting from land deals which benefited from his decisions on the National Capital Planning Commission.Fact: When he worked for the Reagan White House, future Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cleared all of Glen Urquhart’s investments of conflicts of interests, in reviewing Mr. Urquhart for appointment.Fact: Urquhart never bought the land in question in the Washington Post article and therefore did not benefit by owning it.Fact: That very same article noted that, to avoid even the appearance of conflict, Glen Urquhart recused himself from any action or even getting information on anything to do with the property he considered but did not buy. He directed the agency staff in writing not to inform him of anything that could even be construed as insider information while he was considering buying it.Fact: Saying The Washington Post ran an “entire article” attacking Glen Urquhart as the Rollins ad asserts, is untrue. His name isn’t even mentioned until the middle of the second page.Fact: The Washington Post made a habit of airing any allegation not favorable to a Reagan administration official.Fact: The Post article contained a major factual error when it claimed that Mr. Urquhart owned the property next to the property under review. Urquhart never owned the property.Fact: Mr. Urquhart merely rented an office in Dulles Airport. He did not own land at the Airport as Rollins’ ad claimed. He would not benefit from a rail system anymore than any other person, in fact it may have cost him more rent. The Loudon County property, which the Post notes Mr. Urquhart owned before he took the chairmanship, was a farm 4 miles beyond where the rail line would have ended, if it was ever built. And 25 years later it still hasn’t been built. There is no factual basis for bringing up this 25 year old story and then distorting it. Fact: Michele Rollins had to go back 25 years to the era when the Washington Post attacked all Reagan Presidential Appointees to even find this flimsy attack.Conclusion: Considering the scrutiny given the commission if indeed Mr. Urquhart were misusing the commission there would have been ethics complaints or Congressional hearings in these cases. The facts do not support the allegation. It is a baseless allegation in conflict with the truth. It is typical of this silly season of negative ads.
Please vote September 14th for Glen Urquhart in the Republican primary because he is the only candidate who has consistently addressed the issues of a crushing debt, a failed health care experiment, and flawed economic policies facing America and who has the lifetime of experience to enable him to act upon those concerns.
David AndersonGlen Urquhart for CongressCommunications Director/Press Secretary