Because character counts ...
Clancy Holland vs. State Sen. Frank Wagner

A VNS special report...

That is the theme of former Virginia Beach City Councilman and Virginia State Senator Clancy Holland who spoke recently at a dinner meeting of a Beach Optimist Club.  The following is what he said regarding the issues in his bid for the Senate seat currently held by Frank Wagner (see government fraud case against Sen. Wagner ).

No tax increase pledge:
When asked about whether he would sign the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge, he replied, "I'm not aware of the pledge but would like to see it."

Condemnation and Eminent Domain:

On the issue of Eminent Domain and the recent abuses going on around the country, the candidate was asked if he supported condemnation, to which he replied, "I support it but I don't support abuses."

Establishing a redevelopment & housing authority:

After reminding the candidate that a few years ago a referendum establishing a redevelopment and housing authority was defeated, he was asked if he supported the initiative, he said yes.

Elimination of the Virginia Estate Tax, also known as the "Death Tax":
When asked if he supported the elimination of the estate tax, he said, "Not at this time."

Limiting taxes to population growth and inflation, not to exceed 5% annually:
When asked about Sen. Ken Cuccinelli's proposed senate bill to limit budget growth to population and inflation percentages, not to exceed 5% combined, he said that he wasn't aware of the bill but would look at it.

The Dillon Rule:
When asked for his views on the Dillon Rule and why the General Assembly's oversight on localities was needed, he said that someone needed to keep an eye on local government.  When it was pointed out that there were only four other states in the nation that had the Dillon Rule and the ones that didn't seemed to be doing well without it, he offered no explanation.

The candidate spoke of a malpractice suit that was settled with a patient, he stated that in 42 years of practicing medicine, he had only been sued three times, of which two were dismissed.  His opponent had committed fraud against the U.S. government which was a taxpayer issue.  In his mind there was no comparison.  His opponent knew what he was doing, but when dealing with cancer,
misdiagnosing a very small growth can happen, but it's never done on purpose.