The Roanoke Times ran a breaking news story today that attack ads run in two local newspapers (including the Times) against City Council candidate Court Rosen were in violation of State Campaign Finance Law. The ads were placed by Citizens for Sensible Decisions. The disclaimer actually read "paid for by Joe Smith, Citizens for Sensible Decisions". But, there is no Joe Smith and the group isn't registered as a Political Action Committee with the State. The fines will be probably be minimal but I think this story illustrates a couple of important points.
One, this "political" group is either completely ignorant of campaign finance law or they don't want to disclose who they are. Bad news in either case. Two, there is a vocal minority that seeks to obstruct progress in our City. They did it with Victory Stadium. They are doing it with Rockledge and the amphitheater. They may not be the same people on each issue (although I suspect many are), but they use similar tactics and the goals are the same--to take Roanoke back to the ice age. OK, maybe not that far back, but they hate change and work against progress. And they use personal attacks and shrill rhetoric to get their way.
I just hope enough citizens, young and old, come out tomorrow and send the obstructionists a message. This is our City too and we are not going to allow a vocal few to stop it from becoming the great place it can be.