Thursday, November 08, 2012

Property rights co-author Rob Bell grateful for passage of amendment

Dear Friend,

Last night’s election was obviously a disappointment to all of us who worked so hard to elect Mitt Romney and George Allen.   Many of you made extraordinary contributions in time, energy, and money.  (Don’t despair – after President Obama’s election in 2008, we came back the following year and delivered landslide victories for our Republican team of Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, and Ken Cuccinelli.)

Property Rights Amendment Passes
There was some good news last night.  Virginians at last had a chance to endorse the Property Rights Constitutional Amendment.  It passed 75% - 25%. 

As the co-author of the Amendment, I can only say THANK YOU!  

The Supreme Court’s Kelo ruling was in 2005, and ever since we have been fighting to place additional property rights into the state Constitution.  It took years to get through the General Assembly, but once the voters got their chance, you passed it by an overwhelming, 3-1 margin.  

Your votes and efforts put these property rights into the Constitution, where they will be safe from meddling by future legislators.  Going forward, the Amendment will help protect people like Bob Wilson from eminent domain abuse.  Thanks to everyone who helped.  You can read an article here.

Next Steps
It pains me to say, but the re-election of Barack Obama means we can anticipate renewed efforts to expand the Federal Government.  His first term brought us Obamacare, the stimulus package, and the war on coal.  

Virginia needs an Attorney General who will defend the Constitution and will fight to enforce its limitations on the Federal Government.   As you know, I would like to be that Attorney General.

After we catch our breath, we can start work on the 2013 campaign.  Until then, thanks again for your hard work.

Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District
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2309 Finch Court
Charlottesville, VA 22911


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