A group opposed to Loudoun County’s participation in the extension of Metro’s Silver Line sent the county’s Board of Supervisors a letter warning members that they would be targeted in future election for voting in favor of the project.
Donald Ferguson, a former aide to Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) and now executive director for American Tradition Partnership, signed the letter, which does not threaten to sue the county, but points to its success in litigation.
“ATP has one purpose,” Ferguson wrote to supervisors. “To make sure there are consequences for politicians who want to use taxpayers, mom-and-pop business owners and employers as nothing more than punching bags and ATM machines. We can’t be shut up or shut down.”
The letter doesn’t claim that a majority of residents support Metro, but still urges supervisors to listen to ATP’s supporters. A poll conducted by the county recently indicated significant support for the project among Loudoun’s residents.
Below is the text of the letter to supervisors, sent June 30.
American Tradition Partnership’s grassroots supporters in Loudoun are telling you to vote against the proposed Dulles Metrorail project bailout in your July 3 business meeting.
Listen to them. ATP’s grassroots supporters are a force to be reckoned with.
In just this month sixteen of eighteen Republican incumbents and candidates who refused to listen to ATP’s grassroots supporters were handed upset losses in their primaries after ATP ran its voter information campaigns in their districts.
We also recently won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision this Monday, American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, which expands to the state level the Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC ruling allowing corporate spending in elections.
In that case, Montana’s Governor and Attorney General declared that defeating American Tradition Partnership was their top priority. The Attorney General argued the State’s case personally. They were handed a total loss in court.
In three years of legal advocacy ATP has never lost a court case when it has sued a city, municipality or state – winning at the state, federal and U.S. Supreme Court levels.
ATP has one purpose: To make sure there are consequences for politicians who want to use taxpayers, mom-and-pop business owners and employers as nothing more than punching bags and ATM machines. We can’t be shut up or shut down.
Voters will be reminded of your vote for the next three years, and in any other race you run in the future.
Do not make the mistake other have made. Listen to Loudoun.
Vote “no” on the Metrorail bailout.
See you soon,
American Tradition Partnership
2020 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, #186
Washington, DC 20006