I intend to file a complaint with the State Board of Elections in regards to the actions of candidate for Prince William County Sheriff Mike Messier’s during the Prince William County Republican Committee meeting on Monday, February 26th at the Ferlazzo Government Center in Woodbridge. If any committee members who were present that evening would like to join with me in this filing, please let me know. Here are the particulars:
During that meeting, Mike Messier made the following statement to the more than one hundred members in attendance while delivering a campaign speech:
“If I am elected, my first act will be to donate ten thousand dollars to the Prince William County Republican Committee”
This is a clear violation of Virginia Code §24.2-1007, which states:
§ 24.2-1007. Soliciting or accepting bribe to influence or procure vote.
No person shall solicit or accept directly or indirectly any money or any thing of value to influence his or another’s vote in any election. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
This section applies to any election and to any method used by a political party for selection of its nominees and for selection of delegates to its conventions and meetings.
(Code 1950, §§ 24-405, 24-452; 1952, c. 4; 1970, c. 462, § 24.1-272; 1976, c. 616; 1993, c. 641.)
Often, something this brain-dead would just merit heaps of ridicule so the voters would have an opportunity to directly render their verdict. Given the outrageous behavior of Mike Messier’s supporters on this site, I’d rather not wait until a June primary to have that verdict rendered. If ridicule won’t stop this, perhaps action by the State Board of Elections can.
In terms of disclosure, I have not spoken with Messier’s opponent Glendell Hill in regards to this complaint, nor am I connected in any way with Sheriff Glendell Hill’s campaign.
UPDATE: A complaint was faxed to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office at approximately 4:50PM.
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