Since moving out of state and beginning my Ph.D. work, I have not had a drop of alcohol. But tonight, after more than seven years of false starts and rumors, hoping and waiting for this news, I thought a celebration is most certainly in order.
Here’s a toast to the end.
Here’s to the end of your more than two-decade-long reign.
You have claimed to be a limited government conservative, but your record in Washington speaks otherwise.
You speak of liberty and limited government and then write and vote for bills which curtail freedom and enlarge the state.
You have left a legacy of debt which will no doubt cripple our nation for generations to come.
You have expanded government programs to suit your needs and the desires of your donors.
You have ruled the Shenandoah Valley with an iron fist, crushing those who question your edicts.
You have meddled in political affairs throughout the 6th, installing or attempting to install elected officials and party chairmen, not based upon good political principles, but rather loyalty to you and your minions.
You have sought to smash the careers of fine people in the Shenandoah Valley who refuse to kiss your ring.
In these last few years, you have ignored and purposely dodged your bosses, the people of the 6th district.
You have hired some of the most unsavory of characters, giving both power and protection to those of low morals.
Soon, so very soon, it will finally end.
So may your successor be just and fair.
May he or she promote liberty, honor, and honesty in all facets of public service.
May he or she reverse many of the policies you helped enact and actually defend the Constitution you swore an oath to protect.
May the people of the 6th shout “never again” when they think of your time in office.
And may your legacy be forgotten.
Tonight, I raise my glass to you, Representative Bob Goodlatte.
Finally, at long last, the end is in sight.