Consistent illegal alien apologist Steve Smith has been appointed to a judgeship on the General District Court, a potentially troubling development, but the appointment opens up a seat on the Manassas City Council. That raises a number of interesting possibilities which could help determine whether conservatives can improve their position in Manassas City politics, or whether the many “moderates” will continue the resurgence that started with last year’s Republican Convention. The jockeying for position is going to be tremendous, as the stakes are pretty high for the future.
Candidates for this open position aren’t announced, but I see a number of serious contenders coming out quickly. David Core, who narrowly lost at last year’s convention would be an early favorite particularly among the conservatives, while Cheryl Bass would be a solid contender from the more liberal side. School Board member Kermit Dance might vie for the position, but as a Democrat seeking a position on a board with no Democrats, such an appointment would be a dangerous slap at the Republican base that provides the electoral support for the council. There are other potential candidates out there as well, and announcements should start coming out quickly as the candidates will need to establish their positions quickly.
The Manassas City Council has enjoyed a collegial and productive working relationship between the various ideological factions, making the outcome of public policy frequently a painfully slow process of consensus building. That’s helped to keep the drama level rather low at council meetings, but led to months of foot-dragging when dealing with Gaudencio Fernandez, indecisiveness when dealing with an applicant seeking to establish a massage business in a residential area, and inaction when considering health standards that must apply to abortion providers within the city. A liberal such as Steve Smith can have a far greater impact on council decisions when instead of simply seeking majority votes the council tries to craft compromises that everyone can be relatively satisfied with.
If conservatives had the votes to force the city to take strong positions on such things as the unlawful erection of billboards covered with hate-filled screeds in the historic district, it wouldn’t take over a year to force the abominations to be dismantled only to return in a different form a few months later. If conservatives had the votes, selling out to radical grievance-mongers so they can employ one of their “community organizers” at public expense to solicit plaintiffs to file discrimination suits against the city wouldn’t be happening. They should have those votes in Manassas. These so-called “middle of the road” positions have left the city in the midst of oncoming traffic from both directions, and that hasn’t worked to the benefit of the city.
Here’s the chance to replace part of the problem with someone who could be part of the solution. If the council chooses badly, the backlash in the next city council elections could be overwhelming.
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