Letter: Chris Manthos, Leesburg

Editor: Of all things certain, we can always expect Virginia’s missing senior senator to revisit the commonwealth around election time. 

Senator Mark Warner is likely the most ineffective individual to ever represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate. After 12 years, it’s difficult to detect any direct action he’s taken to benefit Virginians. His radio spots claim he alone was responsible for relief packages over the summer. In reality, Warner voted as he was told by his boss the minority leader. 

Last week, he voted against a clean relief package for Virginia small businesses and workers. Why? Because he doesn’t represent us. Instead, he represents his political party in a quest for total control over our lives. If Virginians suffer, then so be it. Warner doesn’t care about you, your business, or your family, or educating our kids. He never has, and probably never will.

Sometimes referred to as the “Senator from Martha’s Vineyard” in jest, it may not be far from the truth. He has broken every pledge he made to Virginians during his two terms in the senate, and he’ll continue that record to please his ultra-wealthy circle of friends.  Even our junior senator has more independence and backbone than Warner.  

Mark Warner should have stepped down after two terms as he promised. Virginia has received nothing for those two terms. It’s been great for Mark no doubt, but not so much for us. 

I don’t care who you vote for in the senate race; yourself, your cat, the R, just don’t vote for another six years of an absentee “yes man” senator. Mark Warner needs to retire to the Vineyard and enjoy his wealth. Virginia deserves so much better representation than a guy who ignores us, except when it’s election season. 

Chris Manthos, Leesburg         

4 thoughts on “Letter: Chris Manthos, Leesburg

  • 2020-10-27 at 5:43 pm

    You make an excellent argument for term limits. Once a Senator is elected they can collect enormous donations which almost guarantee re-election and their party will rally around them with energy. What I am disappointed by is the abject failure of ALL our federal representatives to pull together federal transportation resources along with setting up a meeting of Maryland and Virginia authorities to plan for how to deal with the Point of Rocks Bridge leading to Route 15 north of Leesburg (interstate commerce is federal jurisdiction). This is pretty simple stuff but all we heard about is how hurt he was that an excellent Supreme Court Justice was sworn in. TERM LIMITS! 🙂

  • 2020-10-27 at 8:43 pm

    Your comments are SPOT ON Chris. I wrote Senator Warner asking him why he feels like he should take the credit for something he had very little to do with other than voting for the CARES bill? Who in their right mind wouldn’t given the circumstances. You did your Job for once. About time..

  • 2020-10-29 at 4:01 pm

    Yep. When I saw Senator Missing In Action in a couple of newspaper photos recently, I though it was “groundhog” season for Senator Warner. He pokes his head out for a couple of minutes and then goes back into his hole for 6 years.

    It really is too bad that we elect such incredible non-performers to office.

  • 2020-10-29 at 5:54 pm

    I agree with you 100%. Why do people continue to vote for someone if not effective is beyond me. It is sad reflection of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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