A letter to the editor in the now-relabeled MJM by Democratic Chair E. J. Scott demonstrates a terrifically rare inability of a local Democratic party unit to obtain any respect from a local newspaper. Seeing the MJM, anything but a bastion of conservative thought, dismiss the candidacies of all the Democrats in Manassas Park is pretty amusing. That’s hardly anything new for the Manassas Democratic Committee, that took over a hundred hours to figure out that condemning a pamphleting by the KKK last year deserved condemnation, and did such a good job of promoting such “quality” candidates as Jeanette Rishell.
It is a little unfortunate to have the MJM overlook Manassas Park Democrats however, because in this election Democrats offer a rare but compelling alternative to the incumbents running as independents in Manassas Park. Peter Farrell knows well the abuses delivered on the business community by the establishment in the Park when they happen to own, or have interests in property that has fallen within the covetous regard of Mayor Frank Jones to become the next taxpayer-funded development pipe dream. He knows what crushing tax burdens, deteriorating quality of life, and utterly opaque decision making processes do to the future of a community. Having heard first-hand the horrror stories of others, this man would be in a good position to start making Manassas Park’s government more responsive and less of a predator to the people who live there.
So now, Ms. Scott, you can say that Mr. Farrell is aligned with me as well, or at least I am aligned with him.
In Manassas Park, it’s pretty hard to imagine alignments between people who despise what has happened there as anything bad, especially when you’re promoting alternatives to the current cabal of conspirators who hold their public meetings behind a door marked “Employees Only” in the city hall, and have records of their meetings inexplicably altered, then “disappeared” from the archives of the public library. In a rare moment when the convictions of the Democrats and myself align in a jurisdiction, it’s not that surprising that E. J.Scott wouls start throwing rocks at natural allies. Regardless, their candidates as well as the Republican candidate Brian Leeper are vastly superior choices to serve on the Manassas Park Governing Board. Heck, replacing the Governing board with the members of the city’s planning commission, with the exception of the members that serve on both bodies (isn’t that strange) would be a vast improvement, even considering that Jeanette Rishell’s husband would then become a Council member.
Yes, it’s that bad. Folks should remember that this is the Governing Board that decided to harass Artisan Auto Body with almost daily visits by zoning personnel trying to fine the business out of existence in order to obtain the property for an expansion of the Town Center development, which abused the owner of Rack n’ Roll Billards into financial ruin because they wanted his space for a Colonial Downs gambling parlor, which decided to lavish public dollars on the Cougar Elementary expansion making it by far the most expensive per-student facility in Northern Virginia, which maintained residential assessments far above market value during a downturn in order to forestall even larger tax hikes than those which gave the Park 20% higher tax rates than any surrounding jurisdiction. This is all on top of utterly negligent property code enforcement that enabled overbuilding houses into mini-apartment buildings and an explosion of residential overcrowding.
The Park desperately needs a turn-around. Farrell, Leeper and Naddoni are the only hopes we have of accomplishing it, regardless of their party affiliation, as it’s clearly evident the incumbents are hopeless. Whever runs against those incumbents should receive support.
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