Buta Biberaj, a Virginia prosecutor backed by billionaire activist George Soros, has lost her bid for re-election as the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Buta Biberaj, a prosecutor in Virginia’s Loudoun County who received massive backing from billionaire activist George Soros, has lost her bid for re-election as county attorney and will be replaced by a Republican.
Ms. Biberaj, the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney, lost by around 300 votes to Republican Bob Anderson in last week’s election, according to unofficial results announced on Nov. 14.
Mr. Anderson, who previously served in the position from 1996 to 2003, received 68,068 votes to Ms. Biberaj’s 67,768, according to the tally.
Ms. Biberaj, who has been accused of anti-conservative bias, has conceded the race and is opting not to push for a recount.
“This has been the closest Commonwealth’s Attorney’s race in Loudoun County’s history,” she said at a press conference on Nov. 15. “Even though this race is within the margin for a recount, I have decided I will not pursue one in order to conserve the taxpayers’ funds as well as to expand the transition period to better serve the people of Loudoun County.”
Since 2019, Ms. Biberaj has been backed by Mr. Soros to the tune of roughly $1 million, per Fox 5 DC.
“I am ready to get to work restoring transparency to the office and to deliver on my promise to protect our community from violent crime,” he wrote.
A spokesperson for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, issued a statement congratulating Mr. Anderson while criticizing Ms. Biberaj as a “politically motivated prosecutor who put criminals over victims and refused to prosecute certain misdemeanor crimes while going after parents like Scott Smith.”
Mr. Smith is the father of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a 14-year-old transgender boy in the girls’ bathroom at Stone Bridge High School.
Ms. Biberaj sought to personally try the case against Mr. Scott and sought jail time, a rarity in such charges.
Mr. Scott was ultimately pardoned by the Virginia governor.
“Scott Smith is a dedicated parent who’s faced unwarranted charges in his pursuit to protect his daughter. Scott’s commitment to his child despite the immense obstacles is emblematic of the parental empowerment movement that started in Virginia,” Mr. Youngkin said in a statement.
Soros Backing for Left-Leaning Prosecutors
Ms. Biberaj’s ouster comes amid long-running criticism of Mr. Soros’ money used to support the election campaigns of left-leaning prosecutors.
“By cracking down on rogue prosecutors who favor criminals over victims, we can ensure that no one else is put in harm’s way as a result of Democrats’ negligence,” they wrote.
In a similar vein, former President Donald Trump has vowed to target prosecutors who are lax on crime if elected to the White House in 2024.
“The funds I provide enable sensible reform-minded candidates to receive a hearing from the public,” he wrote.
“In recent years, reform-minded prosecutors and other law-enforcement officials around the country have been coalescing around an agenda that promises to be more effective and just,” Mr. Soros wrote, adding that he has “no intention of stopping” his support for left-leaning prosecutors.
“They believe that the criminal justice system is excessively punitive and racially biased and that it is irredeemable,” Sean Kennedy, a criminal justice expert at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, told The Epoch Times last year. “So they’re trying to undermine it from the inside.”
The most common tactics of such prosecutors include establishing policies not to prosecute entire segments of crimes, such as theft under a certain threshold and nonviolent offenses more generally. Another tactic is to undercharge crimes to avoid mandatory minimum sentences.