Recall that in January, Virginia’s new attorney general, right-wing Republican Jason Miyares, summarily fired UVA college attorney Tim Heaphy, who “had been on leave from the University as the special committee’s chief investigating counsel on January 6. offensive on the United States Capitol. As former Democratic National Committee spokesman and Virginia resident Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) wrote at the time:
“I don’t know why it makes sense that the Virginia AG _ could fire the college attorney at U-Va., but we can guess why he _ has _: retribution for his role, while on leave from C’ville, as chief investigator of Committee 1/6.“
Further, as Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D) stated shortly after Heaphy was removed by Miyares:
“Virginia Attorney General [Jason] Miyares took office less than three weeks ago but has already made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Although his decisions to fire highly respected UVA and GMU counsel – Tim Heaphy and Brian Walther, respectively, were pretty bad, when viewed through the lens of Heaphy’s service to the Congressional panel investigating on the insurrection of the Capitol of January 6, one must wonder about the insurrection of Miyares. patterns. It is also no coincidence that Miyares has already announced that Anne Gentry, the wife of a prominent fundraiser for the Koch brothers, will succeed Walther..”
So… Miyares announced that “the wife of a major fundraiser for the Koch brothers” would replace the GMU lawyer. And now, Miyares has announced Heaphy’s successor at UVA:
Miyares’ office announced the appointment of Cliff Iler as the new UVA attorney on Friday, more than three months after Tim Heaphy was fired.who had worked for the university for about three years… Iler has experience in universities, serving as assistant general counsel for the faculty, students and research group in the office of the legal adviser of the university of the Kentucky.
According to a statement from Miyares, “Cliff is a brilliant lawyer with over a decade of experience in higher education and health law. I am confident that he will be a great addition to the University. of Virginia and that it will serve students, faculty, staff and the Commonwealth well.
Now, here’s some additional information about Iler that Miyares doesn’t mention: In 2018, Iler hosted a party with none other than Oliver North. Yes, the same Oliver North who – as you probably remember – was at the heart of the Iran–Contra scandal under the Reagan administration, for which he was “initially convicted of three felony counts, but the convictions were overturned and overturned and all charges against him were dismissed in 1991.” North also “ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate seat held by Chuck Robb of Virginia in 1994, receiving 43% of the vote”. As well, “In May 2018, North was elected president of the National Rifle Association.“In short, Oliver North is a hero of the hard right until the end.
Anyway, Iler – who was then chairman of the Lexington (KY) Christian Academy board – in February 2018, hosted Oliver North as a keynote speaker for an event called “Faith, Family, & Freedom: An Evening with Lt. Col. Oliver North. I couldn’t find a video of the event itself, but Iler’s summary of the event, as you can see below, said:
“Hello, I am Cliff Iler, current Chairman of the Lexington Christian Academy Board of Trustees. I want to share with you about a remarkable event organized by our school last Thursday: “Faith, Family and Freedom: An Evening with Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver North”. This night was so much more than a fundraiser; it was a launching pad for a movement within our school and our community. The energy, dedication and support gathered in this room was powerful, and the emphasis on the importance of Christian education was meaningful and inspiring to all involved. Lt. Col. Oliver North focused on three ‘gs’ that night – ‘courage, grace and gift’. Over the next few months, we will be referring to Colonel North’s three “gs”…I challenge everyone who attended that wonderful evening to share highlights of Colonel North’s speech.…”
In sum, Miyares’ appointment to replace Tim Heaphy as new UVA attorney is a big fan of far-right Oliver North, who was a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, who ran the National Rifle Association , which Nancy Reagan condemned. to get “lied to my husband and lied about my husband” and for having “great trouble separating fact from fantasy“; etc. Conclusion: impossible to do more ideological – and less technocratic – than this choice of Jason Miyares!