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Manassas City Council Seat Vacated

By Greg L | 21 April 2009 | Manassas City | 25 Comments

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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  1. Salvatore Minella said on 21 Apr 2009 at 1:23 pm:
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    Wow, am I glad my divorce is over with!

  2. Marie said on 21 Apr 2009 at 1:57 pm:
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    I would not call Steve Smith a liberal! What I would call him an honorable man with a high standard of ethics and integrity.

    Greg, do you even know him????

    I for one am hoping the appointment to City Council is a person who uses reason to make decisions based on the facts and not on some idealogy.

  3. Greg L said on 21 Apr 2009 at 2:06 pm:
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    For readers not accustomed to bizarre pronouncements at such odds with reality, this is likely none other than Marie from the anti site. No wonder the reference to “ethics and integrity”, and a call for the abandonment of principle.

    Readers may remember Smith was the sole vote opposing the participation of Manassas City in the Section 287(g) Program. This instance of caving into another grievance-monger is another example of what has become a disturbing trend with Smith.

  4. Marie said on 21 Apr 2009 at 3:14 pm:
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    The only time I recall Steve Smith casting a no vote was back in October 2006 but subsequently I believe he has voted to support the 287(g) program in the City of Manassas. At this point in 2006 there was more information needed to implement a 287(g) program.

    At a Special Meeting of City Council on October 2006: “COUNCIL MEMBER MILLER MOVED to direct staff to immediately begin work with Prince William County, Manassas Park and the Regional Adult Detention Center to develop a Memorandum of Understanding between the Regional Jail Board and the Department of Homeland Security to implement the delegation of immigration authority (287G Program) to accomplish the deportation of local criminal illegal aliens. Should Prince William County choose not to move forward with implementation of the 287G Program, the City of Manassas will move forward with their own Memorandum of Understanding using Manassas City Police personnel. If by January 30, 2007, Prince William County has not decided whether or not to participate in the 287G Program, Manassas City Council will move forward with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Homeland Security to implement the 287G Program. Seconded by Council Member Aveni. Roll call vote: AYES: Council Members Aveni, Harrover, Miller, Parrish and Randolph. NAYS: Council Member Smith. MOTION CARRIED.”

    February 25, 2008 - COUNCIL MEMBER AVENI MOVED that the Memorandum of Agreement between the United States Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) and the City of Manassas Police Department be approved and authorized the Chief of Police to sign the Agreement with the condition that any revocation of suspension of the Memorandum of Agreement be brought back to City Council for action. Seconded by Council Member Harrover. Roll call vote: AYES: Council Members Aveni, Harrover, Parrish, Randolph, Smith and Way. MOTION CARRIED.

    Greg L said on February 26, 2008 “The Manassas City Council endorsed a very tough agreement with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement under Section 287(g) with another unanimous vote that I understand will now form the template for all other 287(g) agreements in the area.”

    Colonel Skinner reported on October 27, 2008 that beginning on Monday, December 1, 2008, the City of Manassas Police Department would be implementing the 287(g) program. The policy is part of a series of illegal immigration enforcement initiatives implemented by the Manassas City Council over the past two years. The programs implementation date was moved to January 1, 2009 due to continued training needs of the police officers.

  5. red wall abbey said on 21 Apr 2009 at 4:42 pm:
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    I would like some more names to consider, will they replace like with like?

  6. Peter G. said on 21 Apr 2009 at 5:15 pm:
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    I heard Bass, Dance or Albrecht from the school board. Maybe Chris Finnie.

  7. JUST SAY NO said on 21 Apr 2009 at 8:08 pm:
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  8. citizenofmanassas said on 21 Apr 2009 at 8:30 pm:
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    Since his fellow Council member removed my comments on MSOTF, I will repeat them here, knowing Greg will not remove them….

    Great, another liberal judge to put up with. The new friend of illegals on the bench.

    Of course Dave Core should be considered. But, somehow, even though the majority of the Council members have an “R” next to their names, there is only one true “R” on the Council and will be canceled out in the vote to replace Steve.

  9. anonymous said on 21 Apr 2009 at 10:20 pm:
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    At least in Manassas Park they were honest enough to run as independents.

  10. citizenofmanassas said on 22 Apr 2009 at 7:12 am:
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    Ya, I don’t know why at least two members do not change parties, I guess they think they had a better chance of winning by lying then by being honest.

  11. me-n-u said on 22 Apr 2009 at 3:55 pm:
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    Dear Patriots and Tea-Partiers,

    We have our permit from the National Park Service. It’s a go!

    Saturday April 25th, beginning at 11:00 in the morning and dispersing by 1:00pm. Just a couple of hours out of a beautiful spring day.

    We will be gathering in the south-east quadrant of LaFayette Square, right across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. And what a great location! Red line Metro stop is Farragut North. Orange/Blue line Metro stops Farragut West or McPherson Square . There may be street parking available, but it will be hit or miss. Follow the Tea Party links on our website to see a map of Lafayette Sqare.

    If you’re coming from Northern Virginia, we might suggest parking in the big parking garage at the Ballston Common Mall in Arlington . It’s a couple of short blocks south of the Ballston Metro stop on the Orange line and is not very expensive.

  12. Former Officer said on 23 Apr 2009 at 10:00 am:
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    I am not a member of anti anything so don’t go there with me. I’ve known Steve Smith for many years and I know he is indeed an honorable and ethical man. He’s lived his life in such a way he can hold his head high and be proud. The name calling here for someone who may or may not agree with one position is deplorable and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  13. Advocator said on 23 Apr 2009 at 10:34 am:
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    I’ll be there in spirit, but not in body. Many family obligations that day. Thank you for what you are doing. Your service to our community and Nation has been truly commendable. Be careful out there.

  14. Big Dog said on 24 Apr 2009 at 6:33 am:
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    Long live Weltanschauung!

  15. Marie said on 24 Apr 2009 at 11:19 am:
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    Former Office 23 April @10:00 a.m.


  16. citizenofmanassas said on 24 Apr 2009 at 7:52 pm:
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    Former officer,

    Hmm, Smith is an elected official and as such should either collect a backbone and some thick skin, or should not hold office. obama is sort of the same type of elected official. Look what he did to Joe the plumber, Rush, etc when they dared to speak out against him.

    Americans have always held the right to bash public officials, and in fact there has always been a market for political cartoons etc.

    How dare you jump on people for voicing their opinions of our elected officials.

    Maybe you have not noticed, but America kicked the King out a long time ago.

  17. Former Officer said on 25 Apr 2009 at 10:34 am:
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    Hey Citizen.

    It’s the false accusations and misleading lies where I have a problem. Just because you have the 1st amendment right to say stuff doesn’t make it right. Politician or not.

  18. Arthur B. said on 25 Apr 2009 at 12:00 pm:
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    Maybe the former officer would feel more at home on the anti site where they routinely bash and lie about electeds like Stewart and Stirrup and anyone else who does not agree with their wack views in the most un-charitable way possible. . .

  19. citizenofmanassas said on 25 Apr 2009 at 2:25 pm:
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    How is calling someone a liberal lying? Not all of us are happy with weaked kneed elected officials, and I guess Steve fits that bill.

  20. anon said on 25 Apr 2009 at 5:32 pm:
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    Former officer - go over to the anti site where they make up stories about Stewart and Stirrup and call them racists on a routine basis. Not a week goes by without Gotthardt or someone else posting about “racist Stewart” or something like that. She also has pet names for Stewart and Stirrup that are demeaning. Apparently for you it is OK that it is done over there but not over here. Double standard??????

  21. Former Officer said on 25 Apr 2009 at 9:15 pm:
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    ””anon said on 25 Apr 2009 at 5:32 pm: Flag comment

    Former officer - go over to the anti site where they make up stories about Stewart and Stirrup and call them racists on a routine basis. Not a week goes by without Gotthardt or someone else posting about “racist Stewart” or something like that. She also has pet names for Stewart and Stirrup that are demeaning. Apparently for you it is OK that it is done over there but not over here. Double standard?????? ”’

    Give me a break. If it’s wrong at that site then it’s wrong here as well. I don’t even know where the anti site is and I don’t care to know. I am a conservative all the way but I also know there are always two sides to every story. I’d like to see this illegal immigration issue fixed but I don’t have all the answers. I just know for a fact that Steve Smith is an honorable man and there is nothing anyone here can say to change that.

  22. CitySlicker said on 26 Apr 2009 at 5:30 pm:
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    You seem like a good guy former officer, tell us more about yourself and maybe you want to throw your hat in the ring for a replacement? when/how does that work, a vote this May?

  23. patryot said on 29 Apr 2009 at 2:01 pm:
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    Don’t right wingers get it? As you whine about your petty concerns, be ready to be left behind. All Republicans are irrelevant if they don’t cease with being the party of negativism and hate. We don’t have the stomach or the time for your personal grievances. Look to actually becoming constructive instead of constantly complaining and trying to destroy anything that might be positive. I’m sick of it.

    And by the way, I have known Steve Smith all of my life. He is honest and always does what he thinks is best and not what is politically expedient. I wish him well on the bench.

  24. Greg L said on 29 Apr 2009 at 2:17 pm:
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    Well, that about settles it. An endorsement from “patryot”, given his/her previous psychotic rantings pretty much speaks for itself:

    Oct 11th: “When you go to the hospital, do you leave when you find out that your health care provider is black or muslim? If so, you are a racist. This website promotes racism and hate. It’s a functionary of the KKK. You guys must love the Palin Hitler rallies.”

    Keep it up.

  25. long time said on 6 May 2009 at 7:18 am:
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    deadline is nearing and no rumors about who’s applying….

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