Campaign 2010

May 26, 2010

Scott “the dealer” Rigell Flips Flops on Donation to President Obama

Democrats today highlighted the continuing trend from Republican candidate and Washington favorite, car-dealer Scott Rigell, who changes his story as quickly as he can sell you a car. Throughout his campaign Rigell has maintained that he contributed to then-candidate Barack Obama to “stop Hillary Clinton” and he “never at any point wanted Barack Obama to be president.”

This past week, however, it came to light that he was “moved by his [Obama’s] rhetoric and by the prospect of seeing a minority rise to the highest office in our land.”

  • Donates to Obama but Doesn’t Support Obama. “In March 2008, during the Democratic presidential primary, he gave $1,000 to then-candidate Barack Obama. ‘I had never at any point wanted Barack Obama to be president. It was to stop Hillary Clinton,’ Rigell said.” [Virginian Pilot, 3/01/10]
  • President Obama Moved Me to Donate. According to conservative magazine Human Events, “On a local blog, Rigell responded by saying that, “Yes, I was moved by his rhetoric and by the prospect of seeing a minority rise to the highest office in our land.” [Human Events, 5/12/10]

“Trying to keep track of what Scott Rigell believes is like playing pin the tail on the donkey.” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “First he says he opposed President Obama but gave him money and now he admits that he wanted to support parts of his campaign. Scott, what’s the truth? Scott Rigell has a dangerous pattern of talking out of both sides of his mouth so when you hear him promise something you have to wonder if he means it or if he’s just trying to sell you something. It’s pretty clear that what he’s selling, and the people of Hampton Roads aren’t going to buy this time.”

 

 

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