Letter: Michael Cummins, Lansdowne

Editor: The political action committee, Fight for Schools, promotes itself as a nonpartisan parents’ advocacy group. However, a look at its corporate principals and court actions tells a different story.

On April 18, Fight for Schools updated its State Corporation Commission information. John Whitbeck was designated as corporate vice president. From 2015-2018, Whitbeck served as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. 

Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia, released the following statement concerning Whitbeck’s selection as RPV Chair, “It says a lot about Virginia Republicans that they would welcome as chair someone as extreme as John Whitbeck. From his offensive anti-Semitic comments to his extreme positions opposing abortion even in cases of rape and incest, Whitbeck blatantly puts his ideological Tea Party agenda ahead of the citizens of Virginia.”  

According to the SCC, Ian Prior remains as Fight for Schools’ President.  The Conservative Political Action Conference issued the following resume for Prior at their 2/24/22 meeting, where he appeared as a speaker.

“Ian Prior is a former deputy public affairs director for the Trump Department of Justice, a former communications director for the American Crossroads super PAC, and the former press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to Ballotpedia. Prior is a longtime GOP strategist and has recently made a number of appearances on Fox News, where he has been presented as a concerned Virginia father opposed to Critical Race Theory.” 

Fight for Schools was granted corporate status in Virginia on 4/8/21. That same year, it hired personnel to gather signatures to recall the election of six of the nine members of the Loudoun County Public School Board. All six members selected by Fight for Schools for recall were supported by the Democratic Committee during their elections.

Fight for Schools promotes itself as nonpartisan. However, the ultraconservative affiliations of its principals and its partisan recalls portray a very different narrative. A narrative that exemplifies conservative politics’ use of disinformation to further its ambitions of overturning democratic elections. As a resident of Loudoun County, where Fight for Schools’ dramas continue to unfold, I can honestly say: they aren’t fooling anyone.

Michael Cummins, Lansdowne

6 thoughts on “Letter: Michael Cummins, Lansdowne

  • 2022-05-18 at 11:05 am
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    I’ve met several Fight for Schools members online. They’ve been very nice to me. But sometimes I think their name should be Pick a Fight. Nothing LCPS does is good enough for them. I’m still waiting for one of them to refer to Dr. Ziegler by his proper title. Their fears about CRT, grooming & socialism are unfounded. Why not use your energy for more productive endeavors? Happy Teacher Appreciation Month Loudoun!

  • 2022-05-18 at 11:33 am
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    Reckon the “ultra-maga” line flopped. Democrat party struggles to see if “Tea Party” will stick. Too funny.

  • 2022-05-18 at 12:27 pm
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    I’m no fan of John Whitbeck but you think the Loudoun County Public Schools are on the right track? Seriously?

  • 2022-05-18 at 12:45 pm
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    Maybe they claim to be non-partisan because they are open to anyone who is willing to support parents’ rights over their children’s education; a non-partisan issue. What should concern you is: why are only conservative leaders fighting for these rights?
    Better yet, why are conservatives the only ones that appear to be fighting for free speech? Today the Biden administration has backed down on developing the controversial disinformation board.
    Mr. Cumming’s letter is obviously political hit-piece. Fortunately for him, disinformation is still allowed under our freedom of speech protection; otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to post this political dribble.

  • 2022-05-19 at 8:43 am
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    Fight for Schools represents concerned parents of all political stripes that are witnessing the dumpster fire that is the LC School Board.
    Perhaps the reason the leadership of the organization are former Republican officials is that there is no interest or leadership from any democrats to even acknowledge the school board lying , coverup, and hiding information from the public about known sexual assaults is Loudoun schools.
    Similarly perhaps, the reason Mr. Prior appeared on Fox News and CPAC was that the complicit liberal media also showed no interest or explicit covers for the corrupt school board.
    Apparently, Loudoun Now is part of the biased liberal media attempting to discredit Fight For Schools by leading off this letter with a biased disclaimer.

    Apparently Mr Cummins considers anyone that doesn’t reflect his views as “ultr-conservative” and any facts that implicate the school board as “disinformation”.
    Right out of the playbook of democrats ……. I’m sure we will hear charges of racism next..
    More and more people from all political persuasions are seeing through the bias and lies of the dems and are holding dems accountable, especially then LC school board.
    This letter is just another attempt to deflect attention from the real issues……….the LC School Board , covered up sexual assault and enabled another sexual assault and continues to hide the facts from the public.

  • 2022-05-20 at 7:56 am
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    We need a bronze statue of Ian Prior on the School Administration grounds!

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