1st Congressional District candidate Norm Mosher campaigns at Fauquier County Fair
Sunday, Jul. 20
Congressional candidate Norm Mosher, right, greets Opal resident Gary Combs on Sunday at the Fauquier County Fair. Mosher, a Democrat, is challenging Rep. Robert J. "Rob" Wittman, a Republican whose 1st District includes part of Fauquier. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Jonathan Hunley
Only four voting precincts in Fauquier are part of Virginia's 1st Congressional District, so finding eligible voters to talk up at the county fair wasn't especially easy for Democratic candidate Norm Mosher.
But the former Irvington town councilman dutifully traversed the rows of vendors at the fairgrounds Sunday, seeking support for his run against Rep. Robert J. "Rob" Wittman, a Republican.
He chatted with Gary Combs of Opal next to the mechanical-bull tent.
And Allison Trinkle, who lives in The Plains, was cheery when she visited the Fauquier Democratic Committee's table.
"I'm a Democrat all the way, so let's go!" she said.
But The Plains is in the 5th Congressional District, so Trinkle can't vote for Mosher.
The bespectacled hopeful hit the conversational jackpot, however, when he found the Uncle Dave's popcorn stand.
Dan Tozier was running that operation with his 19-year-old daughter, Colleen.
They don't live in Fauquier, but they're in the 1st District because Williamsburg is their home, and the 1st stretches from Hampton Roads to Prince William County.
Dan Tozier told Mosher that his daughter is having a hard time getting enough summer work at the jobs she has aside from helping her dad hawk Uncle Dave's Kettle Korn.
That's because her employers don't schedule her for more than 28 hours per week because at 30 or more hours, the company would have to provide medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
That's a problem because Colleen Tozier, who attends Thomas Nelson Community College, doesn't need the insurance.
"It's a college kid," Dan Tozier said of the scenario. "She's under my health care."
No, what Colleen Tozier needs is more work hours to make more money. That would help her family be able to send her to Bob Jones University in South Carolina, where Dan Tozier and his wife went.
Mosher told the Toziers that some "vulture corporations" are manipulating hours and wages so that employees have to seek public assistance, thereby saving the company money it otherwise would have to fork out as pay or benefits.
"It's just wrong," the candidate said.
Too few people realize that America’s largest corporations influence Congress to pass laws which funnel national income away from middle-income earners and into the pockets of upper management and the accounts of major shareholders.
Thank you, Norm, for speaking out about this.
By The Bob on 2014 07 20
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