Former Woodbridge Supervisor Hilda Barg had an opportunity to comment on the Rule of Law Resolution recently following a screening of the 9500 Liberty video, and made a fascinating disclosure that didn’t surprise me much other than that she actually admitted it. After the screening she again voiced her opposition to the Rule of Law Resolution, but this time a member of the audience questioned why she voted for it not just once, but twice. Her answer was that if she voted how she really wanted to vote — to protect illegal aliens from the consequences of their unlawful behavior — Frank Principi’s chances of being elected to succeed her would be trashed.
I think her poltitical calculations were pretty spot on, and this is what I was expecting from Hilda Barg, but I am surprised that Barg would actually admit it. She recognized that Principi was closely linked to her “legacy”, such as it is, and that if she enraged the electorate it would be taken out on her chosen successor, not herself, since that would be the only target for voter’s ire. So instead of voting as she really wanted, she cast off her principles and made a purely political decision to not highlight just how she and Frank Principi are out of touch with the electorate in Prince William County. When principles and political power collide for the Hilda Barg crowd, I guess we know what comes out on top.
Frank Principi’s behavior tracks very closely with Hilda’s admission here. During the election cycle Principi avoided discussion of the topic when he could and tried to play both sides when he couldn’t. His performance on the board has absolutely conflicted with many of the promises he made to Woodbridge District voters, many of whom justifiably feel they have been mislead. Principi’s rhetoric about getting day laborer sites has resulted in very little if any action, and the ultimate result of his promise to shut down these public nuisances is that day laborers now have a shelter at the 7-Eleven at Route One and Prince William Parkway while the Route One corridor continues to whither into blight and neglect.
How nice it is that our elected officials and those seeking to become elected officials display such honesty about what they intend to do.
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