From: Hathaway, Susan
Date: Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Subject: Robert E Lee Monument to Stay in Charlottesville
To: Va Flaggers
VICTORY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE! WES BELLAMY’S MOTION TO MOVE THE ROBERT E. LEE STATUE FAILS…
…AND KRISTEN SZAKOS, THE WOMAN WHO FIRST CALLED FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE MONUMENT, ANNOUNCES SHE WILL NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION!
The motion failed on a 2-2 vote, at their regularly scheduled session last night, with Bellamy and Szakos voting to move the monument, Galvin and Mayor Signer voting to keep it in place, and Fenwick abstaining. Later, Bellamy and Szakos put forth multiple motions with different wording but with the same call to remove the monument, all of which resulted in the same 2-2 vote, ending in defeat each time.
This decision will save the citizens of Charlottesville millions in wasted legal fees. Lawyers were standing by with injunctions and law suits ready to file had Bellamy’s motion passed. City Councillors knew this and opinions from their own City Attorney and the Commonwealth’s Attorney General confirmed that moving the monuments would have violated state law.
Disgraced Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy had called for his supporters to show up in force and apparently they did.
After the initial vote, chaos erupted in council chambers and police and council members had to step in to intervene. With the official closing of the Blue Ribbon Commission, the Va Flaggers call for the immediate resignation of Wes Bellamy and an end to the whole fiasco. It is obvious that he does not have the support of his peers or his constituents. He is clearly out of touch with the citizens of Charlottesville, unfit for office, and if allowed to remain on City Council, will continue to be a distraction and impediment to the success of the city.
The victory in Charlottesville follows on the heels of a similar decision in Alexandria, where state representatives refused City Council’s request to seek permission from the State legislature to remove the Confederate monument there, and the defeat of Mayoral candidates in Portsmouth and Richmond who had called for the removal of Confederate Monument.
It is fitting that just a few days after the Lee-Jackson Day holiday in Virginia, and on the eve of the celebration of his birth, we learn that the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville will remain and those who wanted to tear it down have been denied.
God bless the eternal memory of Robert E Lee…and God Save the South!