I’m hearing that later on this week the Manassas Journal-Messenger is going to begin running a multi-part story on the Dave Ruttenberg Scandal by Alex Granados. Alex has spent weeks working on this story, and from who he’s talked to and the information he’s gotten, this should be a stunning expose of corruption in Manassas Park.
It’s pretty courageous for a local paper to dig into a story like this, as they do depend on the availability of local officials in order to cover local stories. Rooting out local corruption is a delicate matter for a paper like this, and there’s been a lot of concern that the story be absolutely solid before it goes to the press. It’s also a tremendous amount of work to dig through interviewing several dozen people, reviewing the hundreds of pages of documents Dave Ruttenberg has amassed, and looking through a public record that spans over ten years.
As much as I throw rocks at the MJM for the times it falls short of what I would hope it’s reporting should be, I’m pretty hopeful about this story. If what I’m hearing turns out to be true, our local paper is going to finally provide extensive, in-depth coverage of a critical local story and perhaps establish itself, and this reporter may make his career. I’m thrilled that they’ve decided to dig into this, and am certain that the more sunlight that gets shed on what’s happened here, the better our opportunity to have a higher quality government in Manassas Park.
Keep an eye out for this article, which has been pending for weeks, and may finally be ready for the press. The City of Manassas Park may never be the same after this goes to the presses.
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