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Hilda Barg: I Voted For It Before I Spoke Against It

By Greg L | 14 August 2008 | Prince William County | 31 Comments

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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  1. anon143 said on 15 Aug 2008 at 6:52 am:
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    Way to stick to your convictions, Hilda! And all for political gain! No surprise.

  2. freedom said on 15 Aug 2008 at 8:41 am:
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    You are absolutely right, Greg…the only surprising thing is her admission of such unprincipled political deceit. I must say that I was absolutely appalled, however by how Ms Hilda Barg…the former supervisor…rose to the podium a PWCBOCS meeting a few months ago and during citizens’ time, without one ounce of grace, railed on and on about how mean-spirited and unprincipled Corey Stewart has been.

    Regardless of her disagreement with Corey…and regardless of her support to the Rule of Law Resolution, a lady…well, not even a gentleman…would ever resort to such ugly, childish, and abusive language language in public.

    Fortunately for PWC, Ms Barg is no longer on the BOCS and although I’m sure it’s beyond her, she truly should be ashamed of her actions.

  3. Arlington Minority said on 15 Aug 2008 at 8:48 am:
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    Sounds like a self-inflicted crisis of leadership–on the one hand, portraying lawbreakers as victims that need protection, and on the other, abandoning this contrivance for political advantage.

  4. Maureen said on 15 Aug 2008 at 10:02 am:
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    And this doesn’t help instill trust in our politicians. Some of them can lie with such ease it makes me sick. I still can’t believe someone would throw their convictions out the window for political gain.

    So Frank, Hilda, and the anti crowd can say what they want to. If Frank would lose because Hilda voted her conscience, they both knew the voters in that district WANTED something done about illegals in PWC. If that weren’t the case, then Hilda would have voted against the resolution, not for it.

  5. whsgrad said on 15 Aug 2008 at 10:38 am:
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    Ms. Barg’s legacy will last for years to come. Before she left she appointed the builder and developer Mark Granville Smith to serve on the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, strange considering he doesn’t live or work in Woodbridge district. He did some spectacular work on the committee making sure Prince William’s new Comprehensive Plan has the development community’s A+++ stamp all over it.

    When your school adds 14 more trailers and you can’t get out your driveway because of gridlock, you can thank Ms. Barg by buying her new cookbook “30 Minute Meals for Supervisors and the Developers They Love”.

  6. Riley said on 15 Aug 2008 at 10:42 am:
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    Hilda is just upset that the Rule of Law Resolution and plans to clean up Route 1 in Woodbridge are undoing all her years of creating The Wonderful World of Barg that we now witness north of Opitz Blvd.

    Freedom, that is a riot that Hilda would attack Corey for being unprincipled when in fact she exposes herself as being the one without the courage of her convictions. I can’t think of when Corey has waivered from his principles, but obviously Hilda was willing to sell hers out just to get Principi elected.

  7. Arlington Minority said on 15 Aug 2008 at 10:43 am:
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    Maureen, it’s because they see cynacism as a virtue, politics as a beauty contest, convictions as a moving target, and pure lies as nothing more than convenient misspeaking.

  8. Free Citizen said on 15 Aug 2008 at 10:47 am:
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    Well I guess Hilda has shown more people her true side. She has been a disgrace to the Woodbridge Distrist for 20 years.

    She has no principles and of course she did that voting to keep Frankie boy in front. He has done nothing but spend money and do everything against what Woodbridge wants.

    That Hut on the Parkway would have a normal person up in arms but not him!

    I hear the Pastor is wanting to make a permanent structure there for them! Wow, I thought we already went through that there would be no Day Laborers sites???
    Principi has formed a Civic Assoc.??? Who got notices to attend??? All of this is being in a timely fashion and all behind the Scenes, just like Hilda did. He certainly learns well.

    Politicians make me sick. Is it all of them??? Who knows,there just seems to be an awful lot out there that plays the game.

  9. James Young said on 15 Aug 2008 at 11:02 am:
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    I think it’s unfair to suggest that Hilda didn’t stick to her principles. Like most Democrats, her overriding (if unspoken) principle is the acquisition and maintenance of political power. Anyone who believes otherwise about the modern Democrat Party just hasn’t been paying attention.

    If one has the wit to recognize that as her “principle,” then one is hard-pressed to call her “unprincipled.”

  10. Anonymous said on 15 Aug 2008 at 11:35 am:
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    Hilda says, fetch Frank, heel Frank, sit Frank, roll over Frank………ad nausium.

  11. DPortM said on 15 Aug 2008 at 11:45 am:
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    Free Citizen - can you give us some detailed information on the “Hut” and the “Civic Association” please????

  12. freedom said on 15 Aug 2008 at 12:19 pm:
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    What we really, really need to fear and “work-on” is that small, but unpredictable group of supervisors who love their seat so much that they refuse to take a stand on anything — simply because it might cause someone to dislike them and stymie their political future.

    Certainly, like ‘em or not, Corey Stewart and John Stirrup don’t fall in that category….and although I strenuously disagree with Frank Principi, he, at least, has the courage to stand for something; “like me or not, this is what I support,” not wimp away.

  13. Not Hilda Barg said on 15 Aug 2008 at 12:39 pm:
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    freedom, I agree with you except Franks constituents didn’t know that he was going to work to try and get the resolution rescinded. He campaigned on the promise to do something about the day labor sites on route 1 and with that implied he wanted to do something about the illegals in the county. This is just downright deceit on Frank and Hilda’s parts.

  14. chicko said on 15 Aug 2008 at 12:41 pm:
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    I cant see where principi has done a whole lot since he’s been “elected” to the office.

    he’s just a little barg toy is all, a proxy for her if you will.

    barg and principi are why woodbridge is called “hoodbridge” and soon to be called “little mexico”

    barg should be ashamed for taking the taxpayers money for 20 years and producing the product that we see every day.

    if there were ever persons to be labeled “scum bags” it’s them.

    thanks for giving us a sh*tty place to live hilda and frank!

  15. Slick said on 15 Aug 2008 at 1:02 pm:
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    Thank God that old washed up hair dresser is out, now we need to replace senior Principi with someone who understands the wishes of Woodbridge citizens….Mr Royce perhaps?

  16. starryflights said on 15 Aug 2008 at 1:39 pm:
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    Barg is a GREAT example of what is wrong with our government!

  17. freedom said on 15 Aug 2008 at 4:53 pm:
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    For those of you who don’t live in or near Woodbridge, you would be absolutely amazed at the route 1 corridor which is essentially the business district of what we call Woodbridge (unincorporated). From the north to the south end of the Woodbridge Route 1 business district, there are car dealerships and strip malls that essentially are either vacant or Latino oriented. This used to be a vibrant business district that served the local community — it is no more.

    Potomac Mills is in large part responsible for the closure of major furniture and clothing stores, but as the Latino shops that opened within the past year or two continue to close their doors, the “Woodbridge Route 1 strip” is rapidly becoming a tragic, ramshackled ghost town. :(

  18. Dealing with Barg's Legacy said on 15 Aug 2008 at 5:15 pm:
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    Is there anything we can do about houses displaying open screen doors? I saw 3 today.

  19. starryflights said on 15 Aug 2008 at 5:51 pm:
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    How about taking photos of them and putting them up on a website.

  20. Free Citizen said on 15 Aug 2008 at 6:10 pm:
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    The Hut/Tent with picnic bench under tent is on the Church Prop. at the corner near Rt. One, but it sits on the Parkway. They roam over to the 7-11 but run fast to the tent if they see a police car.

    The numbers are increasing every day. I guess now that they have a Church helping them they feel like they have gotten control.

    I understand there is a Tracker on the property, so we will see.
    The one Police man said they can’t do anything, as it’s on property that allows them there. Plus he says ,”They are only trying to get work”.

    I say we are trying to clean up Rt. One from the 20 yrs. of Barg. It’s a hard battle.

    I don’t know much about the Woodbridge Civic Ass.. Principi had announced a meeting at the last BOS meeting.Everyone I’ve talked to knows nothing about it.
    So he apparently did not notify Woodbridge Citizens. Unless it was a small group.
    We surmise he did this because of some apt. developement coming up in Sept. plus this possible hut at the Church. I am sure the twist is going to be that this is what Woodbridge wants.We will be ready for this,as it is not what the Citizens want.

  21. DPortM said on 16 Aug 2008 at 6:44 am:
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    Free Citizen,

    It is quite possible that “The Hut” is a zoning violation because it hasn’t been approved by zoning. All temporary structures, like those blue tarp tents that people erect over their driveways to have a psuedo carport, have to be approved by zoning. 703-792-7018 or nsd@pwcgov.org. Taking a photo and e-mailing it is always a good option….

    Thanks for the info, by the way. I haven’t been down to Woodbridge for about 2 months now so I had no idea it was there.

  22. sandy said on 16 Aug 2008 at 7:50 am:
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    I did not see anything in the paper about Hilda’s remarks. I would think if she said it openly a reporter would have asked her about her comment,Is the POT NEWS showing fair and accurate coverage?

  23. Black Saint J said on 16 Aug 2008 at 8:43 am:
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    Hilda stayed true to her convictions she like nearly all Politicians in both parties convictions start and end in what is best for them and will enhance their chances of getting elected. That is why we know longer have an government of the People, by the People, for the People but instead an government of the Politicians, by the Politicians, for the Politicians, in service to the special interest that gave them the money necessary to get elected! This will continue and get worse unless all elections are tax payer funded with tight limits on the amount spend for each election along with term limits. This would save tax payers billions in corruption and waste, and make a big step in returning this government to an honest government of the people, by the people, for the people. At this time it is impossible to win an election unless you can raise Millions and the one with the most money usually wins. That money is raised by selling out to the ones with the money so the whole process is corrupt from the start and why American citizens have no one in government that really represents them. Although the politicians pay lip service to the citizens at election time they all realize without the money they cannot get elected or stay in office so citizens get lies, spin, and promises and the money man get results.

  24. freedom said on 16 Aug 2008 at 1:58 pm:
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    Black Saint, I agree with you. I happen to have an OpEd piece at http://scheney.wordpress.com/ entitled “Representative Democracy?” and would love to see your comment posted there as well. Thanks

  25. Maureen said on 16 Aug 2008 at 11:21 pm:
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    sandy, Hilda made these remarks in a public forum where no reporters were present. I was there along with many others and heard first hand her remarks about why she voted for the resolution.

  26. freedom said on 17 Aug 2008 at 9:38 am:
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    …and Sandy, the comments that she made about Corey Stewart during “citizens time” at the BOCS meeting just simply weren’t suitable for print in the newspaper.

    What she Principi don’t realize is that if it weren’t for the Rule of Law Resolution (that Corey Stewart takes so much heat over) the entire county would mirror the “beautiful downtown Woodbridge” of Barg/Principi.

  27. freedom said on 17 Aug 2008 at 9:39 am:
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    correction: What she and Pincipi….

  28. IllegalisILLEGAL said on 17 Aug 2008 at 11:21 pm:
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    Hilda is probablly crying reading all of this.

  29. anon143 said on 21 Aug 2008 at 9:05 am:
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    IllegalisILLEGAL said on 17 Aug 2008 at 11:21 pm:
    Hilda is probablly crying reading all of this.

    Sorry, Illegal, but Hilda is not capable of crying….she is, however, extremely good at whining.

  30. Mad Mama said on 31 Aug 2008 at 10:09 pm:
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    Oh Frankie better enjoy his single term in office….because that is all he is going to get from the residents of Woodbridge.

    Route 1 looks like a junk yard and Frankie wants to spend another $250K on a third review of the Route 1 corridor in the last 7 years? The money would be better spent on additional books for our schoools.

    Here is what needs to be done to Route 1.

    Tear down all the vacant buildings and broken down buildings and strip malls.

    Expand Route 1 to three lanes and all necessary turning lanes from the FFX County line to Quantico for starters.

    Expand the bus services. Build cover booths for all bus stops on Route 1. Similar to the ones in that Metro has at their bus stops.

    Rebuild the infrastruce along Route 1 to include corporate businesses and shopping malls that have legally licenced businesses of REAL stores.

    We don’t need anymore studies on Route 1……..we need actual redevelopment and work happening on Route 1.

  31. manassascityresident said on 2 Sep 2008 at 3:45 pm:
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    Mad Mama -
    GREAT ideas! YOU need to run for office!
    The Rt. 1 Corridor looks like 3rd world country material. The expansion of Rt. 1 will be much needed when Quantico gets to hopping with new government employees moving to that location. The time to start renovating is NOW!
    I agree, no more wasting funds on “studies”…. enough already!

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