The Koch-Waynesboro connection

The recent New Yorker story on the Koch brothers has folks in Waynesboro musing aloud about the influence of the libertarian scions on the political scene in the River City, where the biggest employer, Invista, is a subsidiary of the privately-held Koch Industries.

At first glance, it’s … interesting … to note a couple of pretty obvious things.

One, the new mayor, Frank Lucente, is an avowed libertarian. I’ve scoured Lucente’s campaign-finance reports from two years ago, and those of his compatriots on City Council, and have found nothing tying Koch or Invista to the Fab Five monetarily.

There is the odd instance of the labor union that represents workers at the plant, the International Brotherhood of DuPont Workers, involving itself in the 2008 City Council elections on behalf of Lucente and running mates Bruce Allen and Tim Williams.

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