Every Democrat in the Virginia state legislature voted against a pay raise for members of Sheriff’s Departments apparently as payback for their defense of the Second Amendment.
Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley slammed the “hypocrisy” of Democratic legislators after his attempt to amend the state budget last week to include the pay raise failed and told WTVR he was “absolutely shocked.”
“I tried to amend the state budget to give all of our men and women of Virginia’s Sheriffs’ Departments a 3% raise for this year. It was defeated, with all democrats voting ‘no,'” the Republican wrote on Facebook.
He added that Majority Leader Dick Saslaw revealed it was due to sheriffs in some Virginia counties voicing their support of Second Amendment sanctuaries and saying they would not support what they believed were unconstitutional gun control laws being pushed by Democrats, who currently hold full control of both chambers of the General Assembly and the Governor’s office.
“Saslaw came up and said this to me, ‘Hey Stanley, you want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? Because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws.’ When I asked him which law was he talking about, he said, ‘Gun control,'” Stanley wrote.
“Dick is a friend of mine. I love him dearly,” the lawmaker added. “He’s never lied to me, so I believe what he said was true that the reason why the sheriffs were not getting a raise is because some sheriffs dared to come up here to the people’s house and declare that they were going to support the Second Amendment of the Constitution and, I guess, that didn’t jive to well with him.”
Stanley was trying to replace a one-time $200 bonus with another three-percent pay increase.
PLEASE WATCH: This is the Senate Floor debate that caused Senate Democratic Majority Leader Dick Saslaw to approach Senator Bill Stanley and declare that the reason that Sheriffs’ Deputies would not be getting a raise this year is because the Sheriffs dared to defend the rights of their citizens under the 2nd Amendment (PART ONE).
Posted by Senator Bill Stanley on Friday, February 21, 2020
“Two-hundred dollars doesn’t go very far and a lot of our sheriff’s departments, you know, the pay is very low for the job they do. We have a high attrition rate,” Stanley said.
“A lot of people leave that job to go get better paying jobs. Losing the best and the brightest and we want to make sure that we’re paying those people that are protecting us, that are keeping us safe, that are keeping us alive, and it was just appalling what went on last night,” he added.
When Stanley’s Facebook post drew thousands of comments and reactions, he asserted that the exchange with Saslaw really did occur.
“It happened. It was in public, on the Senate floor at the clerk’s desk for all to see and hear. It was neither private nor was my description of it either overstated or contrived,” he commented.
And the Democrat did not deny the remarks.
“He didn’t lie…I said it,” Saslaw admitted. “All I said was a lot of people are upset that these people come in and say they’re not going to enforce my laws. That’s all.”
“I had a strong feeling this was going to happen,” Lancaster County Sheriff Patrick McCranie said.
The men and women who work as deputies throughout Virginia deserved a raise. If the General Assembly wanted to leave sheriffs out, that would have been fine. I am sorry and feel very dejected, but I will never stop fighting for our men and women. Thank you Senator Bill Stanley for trying,” McCranie, whose county is one of those backing the Second Amendment, added.
“Take it out on the sheriff’s who spoke up about some of the laws that were being proposed,” McCraine told WTVR.
“If you want to take it out on anybody take it out on the sheriff’s,” he added. “Do not give them a pay raise, but the men and women who work for the sheriff’s office, the deputies, the staff, please give them a pay raise. They deserve it. They put their lives on the line each and every day to serve and protect our communities.”
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