Campaign 2010

Sep 23, 2010

Virginia Democratic Party Exposes Rigell’s Stimulus Hypocrisy

Used-car salesman Scott Rigell is focusing his campaign on opposing the Economic Recovery Act despite his receipt of nearly a half-million-dollars of government funding from the stimulus-like “Cash for Clunkers” program. Rigell’s most recent ad says that the programs “didn’t work” but the “Cash for Clunkers” program helped him sell over 100 cars and bring in $443,000 from the federal government.  

The Democratic Party of Virginia released a web video highlighting Rigell’s hypocrisy.

“Scott Rigell is the worst kind of hypocrite who’s running around his distract campaigning against the exact kind of government programs that he took big cash from,” said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Scott Rigell doesn’t make decisions based on what’s best, he makes them based on what’s best for him. He doesn’t think these programs worked but has refused to return nearly half-a-million dollars from these program. The last thing we need in Congress is a used car salesman who can’t be trusted and is only out for himself.”

The video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvmtGww20QE

Background

  • 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; ScottRigell.com; FreedomAutomotive.com]
  • Scott Rigell’s Freedom Automotive dealerships benefited from the “Cash for Clunkers” program, invoicing the government for over $440,000.  [Department of Transportation]