Most of us had already figured this out, but we now have their own online comments to back it up: the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA) hates the poor.
Yesterday evening VBTA Transportation Chairman Reid Greenmun commented on The Virginian-Pravda's article on Norfolk's planned redevelopment of St. Paul's Quadrant. http://hamptonroads.com/2008/06/norfolk-unveils-plans-reshape-area-east-downtown He calls poster "coolguy81" "CoolCommie". Coolguy's offense: simply wondering if the region's working poor were going to be able to afford the types of housing we're building. In Reid's World, empathy for the poor is "communism."
Then there was VBTA Vice Chair John McMullen on The Daily Press' website http://dailypress.com/news/opinion/dp-ed_masstransit_edit_0523may23,0,4278549.story McMullen throws a tirade against the poor in the comments section of this anti-mass transit editorial.
Finally, there was VBTA Director Bob O'Connor just over a month ago on Virginia News Source ("Bob O'Connor Attacks The Poor And Disabled", May 1).
A candidate facing a VBTA-backed opponent who doesn't work the lower-income neighborhoods isn't thinking.