There’s an old saying, “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” Sometimes, folks lose sight of this when making a pitch. Case in point: Virginia FREE.
I spent Thursday and Friday last week at the Virginia Society of CPAs Leaders’ Summit. We had a number of speakers over the course of the two days, including one whose remarks I always enjoy: Sen. Walter Stosch, the only CPA currently serving in the General Assembly.
I attended the PAC breakfast Friday morning. I support the VSCPAs PAC for one reason: they contribute to any member running for state or local office. Given how difficult it can be to raise money, plus given the fact that many PACs have dumb rules, like to only contribute to incumbents, or only to certain offices, I believe the VSCPAs PAC to be a worthy entity.
Speaking at the PAC breakfast was Clayton Roberts, President and Executive Director of Virginia FREE. The organization is a 501(c)(6) non-profit.entity, and Roberts was quick to say that it is nonpartisan. His words, though, were overshadowed by his repeated use of the “Democrat” Party. I didn’t get out of bed at o’dark thirty – the breakfast started at 7:30am – to be insulted.
CPAs are a natural constituency of business-friendly organizations like Virginia FREE. The opportunity to get in front of such a group was, no doubt, welcomed by Roberts. But I doubt if I was alone in missing his message because of his use of an epithet. It’s like nails on a chalkboard.
If Mr. Roberts truly wants to engage folks on both sides of the aisle, then perhaps he should start with checking his Republican-speak at the door.