After being pressed for weeks by Loudoun Opt Out, Fuller decided it was time fess up to the public. I spoke with Fuller as he left the Loudoun Chamber members' and politicians' only event where Fuller presented 14 pages of Dulles Rail predictions. He said he was first approached to produce the summary by Maggie Parker who works for Comstock Development, one of the rail station developers. Fuller was also forthcoming with the amount of the check, $15,000., and that it was written by the Claude Moore Foundation, another rail station landowner. Thank you, Dr. Fuller. I hope you can sleep better now.
The Loudoun Times Mirror seems intent on making sure the people of Loudoun only know about Fuller's skewed opinions. Dr. Stephen Fuller, who represents himself as an economist, also sees himself as being qualified to promote certain forms of public transit that his many other benefactors profit from as well.
|Loudoun Chamber Crony Club is |
"With the biggest financial decision for Loudoun County just around the corner, there was bound to be controversy stemming from the State of Rail to Loudoun meeting held May 9, at the Dulles International Airport Marriott. David LaRock, on behalf of Loudoun Opt Out.com, the organization against Dulles Rail, sent out a press release this morning claiming the group’s representatives were denied access to the State of Rail to Loudoun breakfast held by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. The anti-rail organization described the forum as a "public meeting."
For the record, the Times Mirror label of "Anti-Rail" is incorrect. We are anti-wasteful spending. The people who are active in Loudoun Opt Out love this 19th century technology, and like many other people, we see it still has a place in our world, but not necessarily as the centerpiece of Loudoun's economic future.
|Stephen Fuller, Ph.D. and Dwight Schar Faculty |
Chair speaking at a Cardinal Bank Conference
It was lonely out in the hall, and I felt very disappointed to see many people leave who I know are NOT Chamber members. If you are not a "member" of the Insider Crony Club then these Chamber guys just shut you out, period. At least Howard didn’t have us arrested and locked up.
Howard is the MC of a bigger event. His MO is to reject input from credible sources (RCLCO Study) and substitute Fuller and his 14 pages of unsubstantiated silly blather that was not even proof-read judging from the typos. Howard wants the developers who bought this pretend study and contributed heavily to these pro-rail supervisors’ campaigns to saddle up the public as the cash cows for this BAILOUT so the insiders can ride free. So far it seems to be working.
I really hope the people of Loudoun see that we are being misled here. We are all being locked out and left standing in the hall.
PS Tony Howard, you are welcome at the Town Hall meeting on May 17th at the
Rust Library, 6:45 pm