It’s not often we get the chance to endorse one of our own, an openly gay Republican running for legislative office who opposes government solutions to all problems social and economic and supports policies which make it easier for small businesses to flourish, keeping our communities vibrant and creating jobs for our fellow citizens. Not just that, like my co-blogger, he’s a graduate of Syracuse University, having received his J.D. from its law school.
Alas that this fine man is not running in California, a state which could really use more candidates like him. Patrick Forrest is running in Virginia which holds its biennial legislative elections one week from today.
A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and an officer in the Coast Guard, Forrest served until March 2011 in the U.S Department of Homeland Security, working as lead counsel for the federal employment verification program, E-Verify and as Associate Chief at the Office of Legislative Affairs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He has also been active in civic affairs, securing appointments to the Fairfax County Public School Board, Business & Community Advisory Council as well as the county’s Textbook Selection Committee.
Concerned about growing congestion in his Northern Virginia district, Forrest wants to conduct “economic impact studies” to determine how best to implement “public-private partnerships“, focusing not just on roads, but also on alternative transportation. He wants to “encourage and promote innovation and demand absolute transparency from our transportation spending.”
In terms of retaining businesses in the commonwealth, Forrest wants to create “a competitive low tax and smart regulatory system that promotes the entrepreneurial spirit . . . in Northern Virginia“. He favors legislation which would exempt “all new small and medium size businesses from the burdensome Business and Professional Licensing (BPOL) tax for their first five years” as well as other initiatives to attract employers to Virginia. That’s bad news for the Golden State which is likely to see a continued exodus of companies, including Northrop Grumman Corp. which are leaving this over-regulated jurisdiction for more friendly climes like the Old Dominion.
Perhaps because he wants to make his state even more friendly to business, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell endorsed Forrest, calling him a “great messenger for fiscal responsibility and for job creation.” When asked “if supporting an openly gay candidate like Forrest will hurt him or other Republicans in rural parts of Virginia“, the conservative chief executive responded “emphatically” in the negative,
pointing out that “Patrick Forrest is all about creating jobs, controlling government spending. He’s a fiscal conservative. He has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the Fairfax and Arlington communities. He’s a great messenger for the fiscal conservative message and that’s what people care about right now.”
And that’s why we here at GayPatriot are joining the Governor of the Old Dominion in endorsing Patrick Forrest for Virginia Senate. Please join me by contributing to this fine man’s first bid for elective office.
And if you live in Virginia’s 32nd Senate district, make sure to vote for Patrick Forrest on Tuesday, November 8.