I am rather baffled at why the Free Lance-Star received the ad below from the Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots, approved the ad and then took their money only to later notify the group that they would not run the ad.
The Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots have a meeting scheduled to discuss whether or not having the former campaign manager of one of the Supervisors for Spotsylvania County violates any ethics codes or conflict of interest laws and rules.
I think this is a valid topic to discuss and can see no reason the Free Lance-Star should discriminate against a group of citizens trying to hold government accountable.
I sent the following email to the Free Lance-Star editor this morning but have received no response so far:
Dear Mr. Jenkins,
I am the editor of the Conservative blog Virginia Right! and was contacted by a member of the Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots that let me know your paper accepted and approved an ad for the group, took payment and then decided not to run the ad.
I am writing to you to ask for an explanation of the reversal of the decision to print the meeting notice.
There are a couple of possible reasons that come to mind as to why you would refuse this ad, but I was hoping for an explanation from you to set the record straight. I plan to publish this story early this afternoon along with the ad early this afternoon and would appreciate a comment from you or an appropriate employee of the paper to include with my story.
Thank you for your time and I can be reached by email or at the number below.
Tom White, Editor
Virginia Right! http://www.varight.com
This is the ad in question:
“DOES SUPERVISOR GARY SKINNER HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST?”
The Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots invite you to join us as we ask, “Does Supervisor Gary Skinner’s former Campaign Manager Tom Byrnes appearing before the Board of Supervisors as the Rappahannock Baseball Initiative Consultant qualify as a “personal relationship that may give the appearance of a conflict of interest”?” “Has Supervisor Skinner violated the Virginia State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act or the Spotsylvania County Code of Ethics?”
Sunday, July 26, 2 PM Salem Church Branch Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Spotsylvania
Seating is limited on a first come first seated basis please Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patriots-question-skinners-con… FVP members and registered attendees will be given preference.
So I hope we’ll see you on Sunday and we will also have a FairTax presentation.
Rev. MichaEl Hirsch
Visit Fredericksburg Va Patriots at: http://fredvapats.org/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
Article written by: Tom White