Campaign 2010

Jun 07, 2010

Scott “Do I have a Deal for You” Rigell Says One Thing—Does Another

Democrats today highlighted a disturbing trend from Republican candidate, and Washington favorite, car-dealer Scott Rigell, who acts one way, while saying something else. In recent days, Rigell has acknowledged his use of the federal "Cash for Clunkers" program, but said he opposed the program; Rigell has also admitted that he donated to President Barack Obama, but claimed he opposed his election.

"In tough times like these, families in Hampton Roads need to know they can trust their Congressman, but Scott Rigell is the worst kind of hypocrite," said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "He says he opposed President Obama but gave him money. He opposed 'Cash for Clunkers' but was happy to rake in the cash for it. How can people believe anything he says or does? Last time someone spoke out of the both sides of their mouth this much, they were trying to sell a Pinto."

  • Donates to Obama but Doesn't Support Obama. “In March 2008, during the Democratic presidential primary, he gave $1,000 to then-candidate Barack Obama. 'I had never at any point wanted Barack Obama to be president. It was to stop Hillary Clinton,' Rigell said." [Virginian Pilot, 3/01/10]
  • Uses ‘Cash for Clunkers’ but opposed ‘Cash for Clunkers’. Scott Rigell would not have voted to authorize the Cash for Clunkers program.  "But dealerships owned by Scott Rigell in Virginia’s 2nd district, Mike Kelly in Pennsylvania’s 3rd district and Tom Ganley in Ohio’s 13th district all participated in the trade-in discount program last fall.” [CQ, 2/26/10]
  • Scott Rigell is the founder and Chairman of Freedom Automotive in Virginia Beach.  Freedom Automotive includes Freedom Ford in Norfolk, Freedom Lincoln Mercury in Chesapeake, and Freedom Volvo in Virginia Beach.   [The Virginian-Pilot, 1/24/09;;]
  • Scott Rigell’s Freedom Automotive dealerships benefited from the “Cash for Clunkers” program, invoicing the government for over $440,000.  [Department of Transportation]