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Vic Bras Resigns from PWCDC

By Greg L | 31 January 2007 | PWCDC | 29 Comments

And the resignations from the PWCDC just keep on rolling in. Now it’s the committee chairman, Vic Bras. Will the last person in the PWCDC to leave, please make sure to turn out the lights. Stay tuned to BVBL for continuing updates on the Prince William County Democratic Committee…

As you may know by now, 31st District Circuit Court Judge LeRoy Millette has reappointed Helen Cram as one of our two members to represent the Democratic Party on the three-person Prince William Electoral Board. Judge Millette reappointed Helen at the urging of one of our elected officials and a member of the Dumfries Democratic Committee despite the fact that, for several good reasons, I did not nominate her for reappointment.

Helen’s reappointment is the latest and, for me, must be the last in a long history of manipulations by a clique of people who continue to undermine Party process and Party discipline. Their actions have been and will continue to be detrimental to our ability to organize and execute successful efforts to elect Democrats to public office.

Examples of serious past actions by the manipulators are numerous. However, limiting myself to the matter at hand, I would point out that Helen Cram will now serve at least nine years on the Electoral Board despite Steering Committee objections to her initial appointment and chairmen objections to her subsequent two reappointments.

Attached is a letter I delivered to Judge Millette this morning concerning his reappointment of Helen Cram. The last sentence sums up where the success of our shadow committee of subversives leaves me with regard to the party—undermined in standing and entangled in more distractions at a time when the party should be focused on important elections. Regretfully, as a result I have no choice but to resign as Chairman of the Prince William Democratic Committee and as a member of the Coles Democratic Committee.

Sincerely,

Victor D. Bras

Victor’s attatched letter is as follows:

January 31, 2007

The Honorable LeRoy F. Millette, Jr., Chief Judge
Thirty-First Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia
9311 Lee Avenue, Third Floor
Manassas, Virginia 20110

Dear Judge Millette:

Your reappointment of Helen Cram to the Prince William County Electoral Board despite the fact that I did not nominate her is at best is an insult to me and the PWC Democratic Committee. While you assert a right to appoint whomever you wish, the Code of Virginia § 24.2-106 is clear that the appointment is for a representative of the political party entitled to the vacancy.

You have made your decision in direct opposition to the Prince William County Democratic Committee based on Ms. Cram’s request, a letter from a member of one of our seven Magisterial District Committees, and the recommendation of an elected official, none of whom represent the Prince William Democratic Party. Your reappointment of Ms. Cram, therefore, provides you or someone else representation on the Electoral Board rather than the Democratic Party.

Your appointment of Ms. Cram to a third consecutive term marks the second consecutive time that the Court has acted to appoint her in opposition to the Prince William Democratic Committee Chairman. Both I and the former Chairman who previously refused to renominate her for reappointment carefully considered Ms. Cram’s performance and qualifications before making our decisions not to renominate her.

Ms. Cram has not been an active participant with the Party for years. She doesn’t attend meetings, doesn’t communicate with Party leadership, and fails to perform her Electoral Board duties to in a manner that the Party finds satisfactory. The Party is dissatisfied with the location and condition of polling places, the enforcement of election rules, and her lack of interaction with Party leadership.

Ms. Cram has cultivated the favor and sympathy of some apparently influential people but often with actions that were detrimental to overall Democratic Party goals and discipline. A recent example involves her actions and inactions leading up to the 2006 Special Elections to fill the vacancy on the Board of County Supervisors.

Finally, on a personal note, your reappointment of Ms. Cram has undermined my standing as Chairman of the Prince William Democratic Committee such that I have no choice but to resign the position.

Sincerely,

Victor D. Bras, Chairman
Prince William Democratic Party

Cc: Judges Hamblen, Potter, Allston, and Farris
Lorraine M. Thompson, SBE



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29 Comments

  1. James Young said on 31 Jan 2007 at 3:55 pm:
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    First thing: Alston is spelled with one “l.” Vic should know that. Here’s hoping that it’s a typo.

    Second ting: I agree with Vic’s decision, and with due respect to Judge Millette, I believe that he was wrong to re-appoint Helen (a neighbor of mine; I can see her front door from my back porch) against the opposition of the Democrat Party.

    Third thing: at least those Dems are getting elected. If the recent Occoquan fiasco is any indication, it is utterly clear that local Dems are in disarray. Vic should’ve been able to recruit a more credible candidate in Occoquan (Keith Scarborough comes to mind). If this was the best they could do, it’s clear that the inmates are running the asylum.

  2. Mid-Level Moderate said on 31 Jan 2007 at 4:01 pm:
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    The Prince William Democratic Party is in disarray. They write-off races they con compete in by either not fielding a candidate or by fielding a candidate so far out of the community mainstream they have no chance. If I were a Democrat in PWC, I think I’d run as an independent or RINO (like, hmm, Dave Mabie or Jackson Miller–both former PWC Dems) before seeking the endorsement or nomination of the PWC Democratic Machine.

  3. Matt Harrison said on 31 Jan 2007 at 4:16 pm:
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    James - with all do respect, you are assuming that Barg, Jenkins, and Colgan are actually Democrats. Just because there is a D next to their names doesn’t make it so. You have your RINOs we have our DINOs.

    And let’s be honest, Jenkins and Barg have been in their seats for decades and they represent the most Democratic areas of the county. Pretty much any Democrat could get elected to the BOCS from those Magisterial districts. I don’t consider their elections noteworthy, and I would argue, the county is much worse off because of it.

    And look what Hilda did against Frederick. She ran against him the same way she runs for the BOCS. Sends out flaky mail, doesn’t walk a single neighborhood, and expects everyone to kiss her ring and thank her for running. When exposed to a real campaign she couldn’t handle it. She would have won that race if she would have put in just a little bit of effort instead of relying on the truckload of cash given to her by DPVA and the developer community.

    If Colgan decides to run again it is very likely that he would lose. Even with his tremendous popularity, he is out of touch with voters and it showed four years ago when he barely beat back Mabie.

  4. Greg L said on 31 Jan 2007 at 4:17 pm:
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    Jackson Miller is not a former PWC Democrat. That is completely absurd.

  5. James Young said on 31 Jan 2007 at 4:47 pm:
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    Matt, I certainly wouldn’t challenge your assertions regarding the Jenkinses and Barg, because I won’t allow myself to be put in the position of defending them. Maybe they are “DINOs.” The disturbing little truth that goes unstated in your comment is that maybe that’s what it takes to get elected as a Democrat in Prince William County these days.

    I would, however, question your assertion regarding Colgan. I think Bob’s in a tough race. Winnable, but tough.

    However, if you insist on running far Left moonbats like Roemmelt, Dion, and Rishell, then you and the Democrat Party would do well to prepare yourselves for quite a few wilderness years.

  6. Doug in Mount Vernon said on 31 Jan 2007 at 11:01 pm:
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    Understand the frustrations of Vic and Matt, and I think I agree with them.

    But, is resigning from the Party really the right move? I don’t know and I’m genuinely asking the question. If PWCDC is united in opposition to this “clique” they should be able to nominate challengers to them. Wouldn’t it be more effective to stay and fight and build the party anew with the “next generation”?

  7. Riley, Not O'Reilly said on 31 Jan 2007 at 11:16 pm:
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    Doug, there is no next generation in PWC. In fact, two of their ‘03 candidates for BOCS are now GOPers.

  8. Greg L said on 1 Feb 2007 at 12:56 am:
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    Doug,

    Barg and Jenkins, especially, could probably win in their districts as independents. If the PWCDC ran challengers against them the PWCDC would probably come out of that battered and weaker, as anyone running in the county really needs their support in order to be credible as a Democrat.

    As far as a next generation goes, they’re going to have to find it outside places like BRUU, which seems to have been their recruiting ground as of late. You can always find a radical to run, but finding someone electable seems to be a recurring problem.

  9. James W. said on 1 Feb 2007 at 7:38 am:
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    “[Barg] would have won [her race against Fredrick] if she would have put in just a little bit of effort instead of relying on the truckload of cash given to her by DPVA and the developer community.”

    Doubtful. Indeed it was a close race, but she had everything going for her already. A great atomosphere for Democrats. Lots of money. Years of name recognition. Deep roots in the community. Grandmother status (who doesn’t like a grandmother?). Yet, she still didn’t win. As long as Fredrick keeps getting Democrats voting for him in large numbers (and heck, Democrat office holders endorsing him in droves), he’ll keep winning. Remember the Dumfries Town Council and more recently, Gary Friedman’s letter to the editor?

  10. PDubPundit said on 1 Feb 2007 at 9:20 am:
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    Gotta disagree with you, James W. Democrat window-dressing is nice but had Hilda actually given Frederick any semblance of a competing ground game, the 2005 squeaker would have gone her way. I know she is getting on in years and Jeff works doors like a madman but he can be beaten the same way.

  11. anon said on 1 Feb 2007 at 1:43 pm:
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    I think Matt’s real point is that the Democrats would have won that seat if only we’d let him run instead of Hilda. Because as we all know from his track record as a campaign manager in VA House of Delegates races, he’s one of the best political minds in PWC.

  12. Matt Harrison said on 1 Feb 2007 at 2:57 pm:
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    It would be nice if anon wasn’t such a coward and would use their real name.

    I don’t think I would have won that race because I don’t have the luxury of being able to be unemployed for a long period in order to do what needs to be done to beat someone like Frederick. I have a full time job and a full time family to worry about. And I know for sure that DPVA would not have given me the same kind of money they gave Hilda.

    As far as my campaign management, I work for people like Chuck Feldbush and Jeanette Rishell because no one else will help them. I provided both with basic guidance just to make sure their campaigns did something and didn’t sit idle. DPVA only chooses to help a small percentage of campaigns each year and if it wasn’t for people like me helping out challengers in very Republican districts we would never field more than a half dozen challengers each year.

    With little money and basically zero help from state and local parties, I helped Chuck and Jeanette far exceed Democratic performance in their districts. They weren’t wins, but they did much better than expected because I took an interest in helping them out. I wish more people would do the same instead of focusing on only the big name races.

  13. Batson D. Belfrey said on 1 Feb 2007 at 4:40 pm:
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    With little money and basically zero help from state and local parties

    Matt, come on over to the GOP side. If you want to be part of a real team, come join ours. You could be part of the “moderate wing” of the GOP!

  14. Greg L said on 1 Feb 2007 at 8:15 pm:
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    Have I ever claimed that I am fair and balanced? Gimme a break. There’s other places to go for your politics fix if this isn’t up to your high standards.

  15. James Young said on 1 Feb 2007 at 9:17 pm:
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    Oh, c’mon, Greg! We all got a chuckle out of the suggestion that you are anything BUT biased!

    Frankly, the first thing I knew about an author who complained about my bias as an OPINION columnist was that the person was probably too stupid to have written the letter himself.

  16. AWCheney said on 1 Feb 2007 at 9:56 pm:
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    The kind of attitude that probably got you fired as an “opinion” columnist, right?

  17. Greg L said on 1 Feb 2007 at 10:13 pm:
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    If I’m reading you right, AWC, that’s the first time I think I’ve seen a friendly exchange between the two of you. Bravo.

  18. AWCheney said on 1 Feb 2007 at 10:24 pm:
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    Sorry to disillusion you Greg, but it wasn’t meant that way. ;-)

  19. James Young said on 1 Feb 2007 at 10:31 pm:
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    No, AWCheney. But thank you for demonstrating your ignorance. Again.

    [Ed note: aw, c’mon guys! I don’t want to start hacking comments all night - I have other things to do than play referee.]

  20. Greg L said on 1 Feb 2007 at 10:35 pm:
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    Darn. At some point the two of you are going to figure out that you’re essentially on the same side in just about every battle. Over time my appreciation for James has grown and we’ve learned how we can work together on a lot of issues, and that we can disagree sometimes and still maintain mutual respect, even though we’ve had some really rough patches.

    Perhaps someday.

  21. AWCheney said on 1 Feb 2007 at 11:19 pm:
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    Re. “Ed note”: ROFL

  22. James Young said on 1 Feb 2007 at 11:43 pm:
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    That AWCheney is “essentially on the same side in just about every battle” should be enough to give anyone pause.

    [Ed note: comment edited]

  23. Greg L said on 2 Feb 2007 at 12:02 am:
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    James,

    That’s “on the same side as YOU”, at least in the important stuff. I know you both. I respect you both. Under some other circumstances the two of you would probably be natural allies.

    Heck, the two of us worked through the rough spots. I can hold out hope that someday that will happen with you two as well. Just imagine if the real opposition had to deal with the focused efforts of you both, rather than benefiting from your distractions with each other.

  24. AWCheney said on 2 Feb 2007 at 12:10 am:
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    [Ed note: comment removed, reluctantly, in order to salvage any remote possibility of this thread returning to the topic.]

  25. AWCheney said on 2 Feb 2007 at 12:52 am:
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    It should be reluctantly, considering it was far more civil than some other people are capable of being, even after editing!

  26. James Young said on 2 Feb 2007 at 12:46 pm:
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    Damn it, Greg! Perhaps you can ignore ethics, but I can’t, and I won’t. And I have no doubt that you will delete — as you have previously done — anything that remotely references here sleazy behavior as Harry Parrish’s primary campaign manager, and here CONFESSED role in bringing since-dismissed criminal charges against Chapman. As far as I am concerned, someone who engages in that type of behavior has a far more natural home in the Democrat Party.

    It causes one to wonder whether your new-found friend AWCheney (who is virtually persona non grata in the GOP) is only such because she shares your opinion of Steve Chapman.

  27. Greg L said on 2 Feb 2007 at 1:12 pm:
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    I’m just trying to keep threads on-topic and cut down on the number of battles royale that I’ve seen happen elsewhere when two commentors start duking it out in a thread that wasn’t related to them in the first place. You’ve got a place to engage in that debate at your own site, and if it’s really that important for you to speak on this you have every opportunity to do so there.

    I don’t agree with your characterization of what happened in the Harry Parrish/Steve Chapman primary and have found Anke to be very helpful in rooting out the real stories behind the scenes just as I’ve enjoyed working with you on other stories. You are both committed to quality representative government, the protection of our communities, fiscal responsibility and the preservation of freedom. Your differences can be summed up in regards to one specific candidate, and on everything else you seem to be in perfect accord.

    Meanwhile, an important story regarding the resignation of the chairman of the PWC Democratic Committee has now devolved into the relative merits of Anke Cheney versus James Young. Although I like you both, neither of you are more newsworthy or have more impact on the electorate than what this discussion initially regarded.

    I am now closing comments on this thread. It is deader than a three day old fish because of this silliness.

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