When Scott Jacobs got the news that he was disqualified as a Republican candidate for Brentsville Supervisor because he failed to file on time as a candidate for the Republican Mass Meeting, he realistically had three options to consider. He could endorse Jeanine “for the good of the party” and recover some of the goodwill he lost by consistently playing fast and loose with elections laws and county ordinances, preserving some future viability as a candidate. He could try to find some parliamentary trick to get himself nominated at the mass meeting, which had a very low probability of success, but show he’s a fighter until the bitter end. Or, he could declare himself as an independent candidate after a massive campaign failure — as Tareq Salahi did in his quixotic race for Governor last cycle — outrage a huge swath of the majority of voters in the district and go on to being soundly repudiated in a general election.
Jacobs picked option three, the dumbest option of them all.
I visited with Scott Jacobs today, originally to confirm that it was one of his employees pictured on Virginia Virtucon taking down one of Jeanine Lawson’s signs. Scott was still in the midst of trying to figure out what to do in the wake of his campaign essentially coming to an abrupt end after neglecting to file as a candidate for the Mass Meeting on time, while blogs were breaking the story of the latest campaign screw-up. I gave him my best honest advice - to get ahead of the story, do everything he can to preserve his reputation for a future run for office, and it all seemed as if this wasn’t advice he was getting as he continued to struggle with what to do.
Right there in the midst of our chat, is his campaign manager Owen Burgess from Bull Run Strategies and it struck me: how do campaign consultants let this kind of thing happen to their clients?
Hey, Scott Jacobs! This is just a friendly head’s-up that I know who is in this picture committing a Class 1 Misdemeanor on behalf of your campaign, and based on just how close they are to you that it would be pretty laughable to say that you didn’t have anything at all to do with folks committing crimes on behalf of your campaign if you just let the next day or so pass without taking any action at all here. I know it’s been kind of a challenge to comply with the law during your campaign and there’s a long laundry list of elections law violations that you’ve managed to rack up, including failures to provide finance disclosures on campaign emails, on your campaign advertisements, and of course about placing signs. But outright willful violations of the criminal code is just a special kinda campaign lawlessness that just isn’t going to fly with me.
I’ve kinda run out of patience here.
Let’s get this cleaned up by Monday, ok? It would be far preferable to see your close associates get right with the law on their own terms instead of me having to go through the trouble of getting them right with the law on the law’s terms. It takes a lot of time, and then I’d have to write yet another post about your silly campaign, and I’d rather just be done with this circus you’re hosting.
Time’s a-wasting here. How about you prove to me you’re an honest man before I have to demonstrate the opposite.
Members of a political party should have the opportunity to choose whoever they think is the best candidate to run as their nominee in a general election. I can’t even imagine a circumstance that would cause anyone to disagree with such a basic premise, one that’s part of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Amazingly there are those out there who do, and they’re part of the Scott Jacobs campaign for Brentsville Supervisor.
This November we have the opportunity to retire Gerry Connolly from Congress. This is the person who should replace him.
Are you one of the families that used to be able to afford health insurance before Obamacare loaded the marketplace up with regulations that increased premiums and made deductibles skyrocket? We are. We’re one of thousands of families across the Commonwealth that don’t get health insurance through an employer’s benefits plan and have to weigh the option of enrolling in an expensive health insurance plan with ridiculous deductibles or being able to pay our mortgage and thus avoid homelessness.
Yesterday Republicans in the House of Delegates tried to fix that, and Senate Democrats stopped them, leaving us without any real possibility that we will ever have health insurance despite whatever crushing penalties the federal government might impose.
As expected, Brentsville Supervisor Wally Convington was appointed as a judge during today’s special session of the General Assembly, and with that we almost-officially kick off the race to replace him on the BOCS, pending only the official announcement of a special election.
Republicans will hold a “mass meeting” to select a nominee at Patriot High School on October 1st at 7:00PM. So far the announced candidates are Jeanine Lawson and Scott Jacobs. No Democrats have announced their intention to run for this seat yet, and most likely none will.
Just watch the massive development projects in the process of asking for favorable rezonings have all of their hearings delayed since the “let’s pave over the rural crescent crowd” just lost a critical vote. If Lawson wins, the era of massive residential building projects that overcrowd our schools, strain our public resources, add congestion to our roads and bankrupt the county budget may finally be over.
When a group of shady characters filed a lawsuit against the Republican Party of Virginia asserting that it is right and proper to have Democrats determine the outcome of local Republican Party operations, some of the names involved were hardly surprising. Jim Rich, for one, has been amazingly consistent over the years in demonstrating that he believes Democrats should select who leads Republican party units and who their nominees for elected office should be. But why would the Convention of States Project be involved here?
The easiest way to find someone who utterly doesn’t understand politics is to look at first-time candidates. The ignorant among them put on a tremendous display of what a fundamental lack of understanding looks like, and today’s poster child is none other than Brentsville Supervisor hopeful Scott Jacobs. Willfully breaking local ordinances enacted by the same body he would like to be a member of without any explanation at all is just painfully stupid.
Elections often provide a source of amusement for us, and the circus surrounding the Senate candidacy of Montana legislator Amanda Curtis is certainly among those. A Democrat candidate spewing Marxist dogma, given to praising Communist Party icons and all-around wingnut never seems to exhaust our capacity to revel in political mirth. But what if I were to tell you there was another Marxist radical running for federal office right here in Virginia? Would that surprise you?
Meet Norman Mosher, the Democrat running in the First Congressional District of Virginia.
As the Prince William County Schools and the Board of County Supervisors continue to peddle the line that the “Unaccompanied Alien Children” program isn’t causing any “problems” for schools and other local government services, they’re resolutely refusing to release any information on the impacts this influx of juvenile illegal aliens to support their claims. They won’t tell you how many foreign nationals are becoming a burden on local taxpayers, they won’t tell you what it costs to educate and provide services for these foreign nationals, and they’re not at all telling you what services for legal residents and citizens we will have to forego because this increase of burdens on the taxpayers is happening precisely when the Commonwealth is trying to figure out how to plug an $830 million budget gap which almost certainly will cause a reduction in state aid to localities. There’s a cost here, and if government expects us to fund these costs taxpayers darned well deserve to know what those costs are.
Well, if it wasn’t enough that Youth For Tomorrow was getting paid millions by the federal government to increase the burdens on local schools by pushing illegal aliens every month into our already-overcrowded schools, they apparently want to do it even more. Look at what they filed with the planing commission on June 23rd, soon after they figured out that they couldn’t establish group homes in Fauquier County without going through public hearings:
TO AMEND THE PREVIOUSLY APPROVED SUP CONDITIONS (SUP #PLN2011-00209) TO MODIFY THE AGE OF THE PARTICIPANTS & THE SIGN REGULATIONS, TO CLARIFY THE PROGRAM SERVICES, TO ALLOW TEMPORARY CLASSROOM TRAILERS, AND TO ELIMINATE A BUFFER.; LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LINTON HALL ROAD, APPROXIMATELY 1,800 FEET NORTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF RTE. 28 AND LINTON HALL ROAD.
So it’s not enough to move about 80 illegal aliens per month into our area schools and get about $100,000 in federal funds per illegal alien to make that happen. In order to really transition that program from one that helps at-risk kids turn their lives around into becoming a full-blown, profit-maximizing detention center for juvenile illegal aliens they need to cut down trees, set up temporary buildings, and start taking in juveniles older than 17 years old.
UPDATE: I spoke with a member of the planning commission this evening about this, and that person said they were completely in shock at the massive changes Youth For Tomorrow were trying to make. Over a dozen temporary trailers used for housing up to 180 about illegal aliens before they’re dumped on local schools every month? I doubt the planning commission will give a favorable recommendation on this application, and without a doubt the public hearing on this will be absolute chaos. No amount of federal money can make this look like anything other than it is - an unconscionably greedy money grab for taxpayer dollars, and the consequences on the community be damned.
Those concerned about how illegal aliens are eligible to obtain special privileges not available to citizens because of their unlawful status may take heart in the fact that when these privileges involve rights protected under the U.S. Constitution, the grant of this special treatment is likely in violation of federal law. Not only that, but the persons granting these exceptions are specifically subject to criminal sanctions that superseded the normal immunities available to government officials for official acts. Not that the law was written with the intent of protecting citizens this way, but the plain language of the law is not too hard to discern.
“Dr.” Robin Toogood served as Principal at Jennie Dean Elementary despite never having attended college, and armed with a falsified resume. How in the world does a school system filled with highly educated professionals not recognize that one of the leaders among them is a complete imposter with no credentials whatsoever?
It took others to discover this fraud after Toogood applied for and was appointed as principal at the Drew Model School in Arlington, but apparently they caught on pretty quickly that something was wrong. During all those years Toogood was drawing a paycheck from Manassas City taxpayers, no one seemed to notice.
UPDATE: somehow after Toogood accepted the Arlington job that fell through and he applied for a position in Prince William County. At some point during these transitions, Toogood’s deceptions were uncovered but it’s unclear whether it was Arlingron or Prince William County that raised issues about his credentials.
The Muslims want to build a new Mosque across the road from Cedar Point Elementary in Nokesville. I’d like to be able to say that I’d support the construction of more houses of worship no matter what religion they’re affiliated with, but before I can I just have to be able to distinguish between this religious order and a bloodthirsty collection of racist murderers, and lately the Muslims are making it pretty difficult to do so.
A few days ago I estimated the cost of having the federal government dump juvenile illegal aliens in Virginia based on statistics from a few years ago. Today the federal Department of Health And Human Services released new data and the problem is quite evidently worse than I thought. Instead of getting about 3,000 juvenile illegal aliens dumped in the Commonwealth, we’re on track to get even more as the federal government increases the proportional burden that the Commonwealth must bear while the feds pass on problems they created and aren’t interested in solving at all.
The federal government conservatively estimates we’re going to have 60,000 “Unaccompanied Alien Children” showing up on our southern border this year, and historically 5% of those children are ultimately placed with “sponsors” in Virginia. Right now we have program space available through grants with the US Department of Health and Human Services to handle only 1,533 of the expected 3,000 illegal alien juveniles that are coming this year. So where are the rest going to go?
One of the questions state and local government has refused to answer thus far is what will the impacts be on our local communities as a result of non-profits getting on the massive money train of the Federal “Unaccompanied Alien Children” program. It’s hard to assess them all, but again, state, federal and local governments do provide a fair amount of information on their websites that we can assemble on our own, even if those same governmental entities are claiming to have no idea.
There’s not enough money in the state budget for education? I’m calling BS on that tonight after learning that some corporate lobbyist for Microsoft managed to get a budget item inserted that has the Commonwealth buying a slew of tablets to hand out to ninth graders next year. I just can’t wait to see just how quickly the creative teenagers at Stonewall Jackson High School can prove what a phenomenally stupid idea this was.
If we are actually to believe the information we’re getting from the Board of County Supervisors regarding the detention of juvenile illegal aliens by Youth For Tomorrow, it darned well better match up with official documents that are being uncovered regarding the program. Otherwise, reasonable observers are just going to conclude that our government is lying to us and cannot be trusted.