Letter: Jorge Rivera, Purcellville

Editor: Supervisor Juli Briskman is a hypocrite. She is also a disgrace to our county government. Delegate Dave LaRock is not doing well for himself either. 

Multiple politicians, including Briskman, are calling for LaRock to resign for spreading “misinformation” about the 2020 presidential election. They claim the “misinformation” led to the “violent mob” at the U.S. Capitol building last week. LaRock has attended a few of those protests. 

LaRocks spreading of information pertaining to the possible stealing of votes is his right to free speech, because it is not misinformation, it is a question being raised. Don’t agree with that statement, but LaRock is not actively inciting violence. Is he raising that question incorrectly? There is no correct or incorrect way to do this. He is just on the wrong side of history. 

Now let us take a look at Briskman. 

Perhaps people forgot, are unconcerned by, or would like to downplay the fact that Briskman flipped off President Trump’s motorcade as it left the Trump National Golf Club in 2017. It’s really not a big deal. In fact, it’s freedom of speech. But a majority of Loudoun residents reject the fact that Briskman’s actions were distasteful … if not disgraceful. In turning their heads to Briskman’s action, they voted her into office, where she is one of nine votes that are used to shape the county’s future. 

Briskman wrote that LaRock “blatantly demonstrated that he is unfit to represent Loudoun County with integrity.” OK, but what about you, Ms. Briskman? Do you feel that you are fit to represent the county with integrity? Is the gesture you displayed three years ago a sign of that integrity? Chair Phyllis Randall, why don’t you comment on this? 

Consider LaRock a disgrace, but consider Briskman the same. They both exercised their freedom of speech. But in one case, that freedom of speech is on the wrong side of history and will be censored. American freedoms are in jeopardy. They are being outright taken. 

Jorge Rivera, Purcellville

3 thoughts on “Letter: Jorge Rivera, Purcellville

  • 2021-01-17 at 6:25 pm

    Comparing a crude gesture by a supervisor to the active promotion of proven falsehoods by a state representative that catalyzed the Jan. 6 attacks on American democracy is a peculiar sort of whataboutism.

    However rude you find Briskman, it is a fact that she was elected years AFTER she flipped off a motorcade. LaRock has been actively supporting an anti-American con for weeks and has tried to deflect blame for the insurrection rather than acknowledge it was performed by the very people with whom he marched side by side.

    It’s a nuts to sailboats comparison. The letter writer is ridiculous.

    La Rock needs to go. We his constituents demand it.

  • 2021-01-18 at 12:35 pm

    While I agree that the two actions are not comparable, i do recognize both of their rights to express their opinions. You want him out of office vote him out. If bigdaddyva is in his district perhaps he should either run against him or do a better job volunteering for his opponent. Either way, LaRock was elected and should not be removed barring a criminal conviction or a loss in his next election.

    BTW every elected office should have term limits.

  • 2021-01-19 at 3:37 pm

    Two different situations. While I will agree that Briskman’s gesture was not what I want out of an elected official, she did do it prior to being elected.

    LaRock needs to step down and step out of the way, he is representing views that are not only misinformation, but also antiquated (see his “colored” remarks). We don’t need racist seditionists representing Loudoun — isn’t that why we got rid of Delgaudio??

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