Mike Messier, the Republican candidate challenging incumbent Prince William County Sheriff Glendel Hill, is known around town for being a pretty nice guy. He’s been treated courteously by Republicans up until recently, even though he was the chief deputy to the thoroughly discredited former Democratic Sheriff Lee Stoffregen. But last night at the county Republican committee meeting his candidacy plowed straight into the ground with a resounding thud when this law enforcement professional tried to bribe the committee with the promise of a ten thousand dollar contribution to the PWCRC if he is elected. Committee members were absolutely stunned, and his outrageous remark was the topic of much of the side conversations during the rest of the meeting. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new candidate, but this time it’s for “worst candidate ever.”
Of course this newsworthy incident merited a post, and the commentary which started as amusing has turned absolutely nasty. Perhaps it’s not too surprising as Messier has been on the attack for some time, making charges of mismanagement and departmental ineffectiveness under Glendell Hill’s leadership — something which rankled a more than a few committee members and was partly responsible for the standing ovations and frequent applause given to Glendell Hill when he spoke last night. To see Messier’s defenders (how do you defend that bribery attempt, exactly?) show up on a thread and take the ugliness to a whole new level demonstrates such desperation and a lack of fitness that it’s clearly time for Mike Messier to end his pointless challenge and withdraw from this race.
Here’s one example, of several:
Zak | IP: [redacted, although I’m awfully tempted]
What a bunch of dumb asses! Dig a little deeper into Hill’s“record” and you’re apt to discover this is the most dishonest thug in PWC. He has always been out for himself and I don’t expect he will change, not in this life time. You’re talking to the wrong people if you expect to get the low down on this guy.
Now I don’t attribute this to Mike Messier. It’s pretty clear from the cronology of this thread though that Messier’s campaign saw this commentary and tried to rally the troops to defend him, so whatever riled up folks to spew this sort of trash I will absolutely attribute to the Mike Messier campaign. This has got to stop, and stop now. It should stop particularly since all it will do is help Mike Messier’s already substantial negatives, for his close association with someone regarded as a corrupt embarrassment, absolutely skyrocket. Glendell Hill is widely regarded as one of the most honorable men in public service in the county, and to unfairly malign his honor like this is enraging, outrageous, and thoroughly despicable.
Give it up, Mike. Your close professional association with Stoffregen is a heaping pile of political baggage that will be impossible to discard. Your bizarre bribery attempt last night is an entirely disqualifying disability for elected office. As bad as that is, to start seeing personal attacks get thrown at Glendell Hill, someone viewed by many as the savior who delivered us from the disaster of a Sheriff that was Stoffregen, will only ensure that your election will set new records in regard to thoroughly embarrassing electoral performances. Given the way this campaign has been run so far, if you obtain more than ten percent of the vote, it will be an absolute miracle. Anna Nicole’s decaying corpse would garner more votes than you will ever see in an election this year.
It’s time to end this embarrassment. Withdraw. Now.
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