Apparently, not all laws are created equal. In Loudoun County's 2007 elections, it must be perfectly acceptable to break the law in some ways in order to have the opportunity to uphold the law in other ways. For some candidates, it's okay to have a double standard, as long as it's applied against an underrepresented minority, and ignored for those already in power.
In Loudoun County, it is illegal to place campaign signs in the median of roads and in public rights of way. It is also illegal to let your work or visitation visa expire if you are not an American citizen. Both are violations of the law, but for some reason, some candidates feel it is okay to violate one law themselves as they decry the violation of another.
It's illegal for campaign signs to immigrate to public rights-of-way, they cross a border without proper authorization, and ruin the quality of our median strips. They make them ugly, and steal resources like sunlight and soil which would otherwise go to the natives of the region, grasses. Sure, they are only there because their circumstances force them to go there. If they stayed at home, they would do no good for their friends and family. They don't really have much choice in the manner, and while they are illegaly in median strips and rights-of-way, they do a lot of good for the people who sent them there. But come on,
What part of "illegal" do these signs not understand?
If the scenario above seems a little contrived, consider that the largest employer of undocumented migrants in the commonwealth, Smithfield Foods, is also one of the largest Republican donor companies in the commonwealth. Consider that the ordinance against political signs in public rights-of-way is well known. That's why there is such a stark transition in signage when you cross the border from Fairfax into Loudoun on Rt 7. Consider that the people who are busy claiming that we need to do something to deal with illegal immigration are the same people who have been in charge of Loudoun's government for four years, but have only now decided this is an important issue.
If some candidates are going to run on a strict definition of following-the-law, they cannot pick and choose which misdemeanors to avoid.
Candidates who choose to break the law in campaigning for office do not deserve the trust of the public for that office.