WES BELLAMY'S MOTION TO MOVE THE ROBERT E. LEE STATUE FAILS...
...AND KRISTEN SZAKOS, THE WOMAN WHO FIRST CALLED FOR MONUMENT REMOVAL, ANNOUNCES SHE WILL NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION!
The motion failed on a 2-2 vote, with Bellamy and Szakos voting to move the monument, Galvin and Mayor Signer voting to keep it in place, and Fenwick abstaining.
This decision will save the citizens of Charlottesville millions in wasted legal fees. Lawyers were standing by with injunctions and law suits, ready to file should Bellamy's motion have passed. City Councillors knew this and opinions from their own City Attorney and the Commonwealth's Attorney General confirmed that moving the monuments would have violated state law.
Now that the monument matter is settled, the Va Flaggers call on Wes Bellamy to resign immediately. It is obvious that he does not have the support of his peers or his constituents. He is out of touch and unfit for office, and if allowed to remain on City Council, will continue to be a distraction and impediment.
This victory follows on the heels of a similar decision in Alexandria, where state delegates refused to seek permission from the State legislature to remove the Confederate monument there, and the defeat of Mayoral candidates in Portsmouth and Richmond who had called for the removal of Confederate Monument.
On the heels of the Lee-Jackson Day holiday in Virginia, and on the eve of his birthday, the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville will remain.
God bless the eternal memory of Robert E Lee...and God Save the South!
( from The VA Flaggers web page )