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Jeanette Rishell Caught In Yet Another Lie

By Greg L | 4 September 2009 | Jeanette Rishell, 50th HOD District | 12 Comments

An activist for the Jeanette Rishell campaign, who also happens to be in charge of setting up a debate between Rishell and Delegate Jackson Miller for the NAACP feeds a story to the Rishell campaign that Delegate Miller is refusing to attend an NAACP-sposored debate.  True to form, the consistently hapless Rishell campaign issues a press release following this operative’s twisted story.  Now the News & Messenger is sorting out the truth, and finds again that the Rishell campaign is telling lies. 

Sure sounds like Rishell hasn’t learned anything from the 2007 election where lies earned her a twenty-point thumping at the polls.

It sure seems unusual to me that someone who is a donor to one candidate is supposed to be in charge of a “non-partisan” debate here.  While NAACP Chairman Ralph Smith demonstrates some solid judgment in handling questions about what happened, it sure seems like the NAACP would be better off selecting someone else to coordinate this event.  When candidates can’t reasonably trust the objectivity of the debate coordinator, it does kind of set up the event for failure in advance to some degree.

“We told [Norma Fields] it would take us a while, that I was trying to rearrange my schedule to see if I could make available a date. I already had family plans. It worked out that I was unable to do that day,” Miller said.

Miller suggested that Fields had an agenda.

“I want to emphatically push that the person attacking us is a donor and an activist for the Rishell campaign,” Miller said of Fields.

A search of the Virginia Public Access Project Web site verified that Fields made a $200 donation to Rishell’s campaign in March.

Ralph Smith, president of the organization’s Prince William branch, said he recognized that Miller had conflicts in his schedule.

“It was my understanding that it was more of a ‘could not’ rather than ‘would not,’” Smith said of Jackson’s predicted absence from the debate.

Smith said Jackson apologized for not being able to attend in October.

“I have a written statement offering an apology to the organization for not being available on that date,” Smith said of Jackson’s response.

Smith said “time constraints” might make rescheduling difficult, but added that Miller expressed a “strong interest” in a debate or forum of some sort.

Seems to me like the NAACP needs to sort some things out.  I’m sure they will. 

Instead of confirming the story with the Director of the Prince William County NAACP before shooting off a press release, which would have prevented a whole lot of trouble here, the Jeanette Rishell campaign jumped the gun and started attacking Jackson Miller based on a story that turned out not to be true.  That same failure to attend to the details of operating a campaign is what got Jeanette Rishell into trouble time and time again, and most recently mired her in this controversy:

Rishell has gotten the DPVA in hot water with failing to report in-kind contributions by the DPVA where they rented out their non-profit postal permit to her campaign in violation of postal regulations. She made up ridiculous stories about Jackson trying to raise his own pay, that the local papers took her to task for last election cycle. She’s said there were five precincts in the 50th District in Prince William County when there are only four. Rishell swore up and down that the Marriage Amendment would result in the perpetrators of domestic violence escaping prosecution, which hasn’t happened. Then she suggested that a bible passage about burnt offerings determine the way we deal with illegal aliens, which some have taken to mean she wants them to be immolated.  Sometimes you really have to wonder whether Rishell is on the same planet as we are, as just about everything coming out of her campaign has the appearance of her existence on some strange parallel dimension to us, or that perhaps she’s suffering from a pathological mental illness.  Sometimes it’s really hard to tell which of these it could be.

What a bizarre campaign.  Hopefully after Novermber we can put Jeanette Rishell out of our misery by once again demonstrating she has no business in politics.  After last cycle, we shouldn’t have to provide this lesson to her again, but I guess when you’re from Planet Blork or whatever, it might take a few times before whatever passes for  synapses in such exobiology can digest that in politics, you’re just a complete loser and it’s not even worth trying. 

Rishell should stick to something like interior decorating.  Her selection of wallpapers is just fabulous.  She could do well there, no doubt.

UPDATE: Bwana at Renaissance Ruminations also weighs in on this with an update.  Rishell is still prominently displaying this inaccurate press release on her campaign website!

But here is the kicker that shows the Rishellian desperation-her campaign still has the press release prominently displayed on their website.

The President of the Prince William County NAACP chapter has stated that there was no refusal…and Ms. Rishell still has the inaccurate press release posted on her website!

Maybe she is using the same logic Terry McAuliffe used when it was pointed out his claims about how prison populations are projected was inaccurate yet he continued to make the same claim-namely, that he was “comfortable with the logic”.

Jeanette Rishell, just as in 2007, is so desperate to win she is willing to say anything to win-even if it isn’t true.

Apparently she wants to run an Al Davis campaign-”Just Win, Baby!”…and it seems like her efforts are doing as well as his football team the Oakland Raiders have recently.

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  1. Forest said on 4 Sep 2009 at 7:30 am:
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    It appears Jeanette is going negative again against Jackson this year. He in turn will go negative right back. Its really disappointing, Manassas deserves better.

  2. Forest said on 4 Sep 2009 at 7:34 am:
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    Before anyone starts attacking me, I will acknowledge that Jackson has run a very positive campaign thus far. I have gotten several pieces of mail from him this year that dont mention his opponent. They only mention some of the legislation being worked on in Richmond by the State Government.

  3. JM said on 4 Sep 2009 at 8:26 am:
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    I disagree with your assessment of Rishell’s taste in wallpaper. I find it heavy handed and dated. It looks like the 1980s version of Victorian. The woman desperately needs a wallpaper intervention and a few gallons of paint.

  4. Gnarly said on 4 Sep 2009 at 8:33 am:
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    Yup…exactly what the General Assembly needs…yet another person who needs massive amounts of both Prozac and Midol just to be here on Planet Earth with the rest of us. No thanks!!

  5. Article was clear said on 4 Sep 2009 at 8:36 am:
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    Forest, I do not see how Delegate Miller is being negative when he addresses a press release put out by Mrs. Rishell that is full of lies. In the article we learn that the President of the NAACP confirmed that Delegate Miller did not refuse to debate, but Mrs. Rishell’s press release clearly stated that he did. That is a horrible thing to lie to the voters about. If someone said such horrible things about you I’m sure you would want to correct the record. Granted I understand public officials have to have a very “thick skin”, but to put out complete lies that can be easily proven to be lies is beyond repairable for a candidate. Mrs. Rishell owes Delegate Miller an apology.

  6. Patty said on 4 Sep 2009 at 9:12 am:
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    This needs to be repeated since Ms. Rishell claims she is for family values:

    Jeanette Rishell and the Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

    UUs fully support abortion on demand throughout all terms of pregnancy.

    Here is what UUs say about abortion in their own words:

    “What is the church’s view on abortion?

    As an institution, we are strongly pro-choice, as are most individual UUs.”

    Do you remember the Partial Birth Abortion Ban? Do you remember when the Supreme Court upheld the ban? For those of you who don’t remember go to this Fox News link:


    Partial birth abortion is a procedure where the baby is partially delivered feet first (breech). Then an instrument is used to puncture the infant’s head while the head is still in utero or in the birth canal. The brain of the baby is then sucked out and the skull crushed. Then the baby is delivered dead. See these links for better explanation:



    UU’s were in a rage when the Supreme Court upheld the ban on partial birth abortion. See their response in their own words by going to this link:


    About two years ago I attended the Miller Rishell debate sponsored by the Committee of 100. Ms. Rishell described herself as a Reproductive Rights Activist. She likened her fight for abortion rights as a war. Yes, it is a war. The casualties are unborn babies.

    So when Ms. Rishell knocks on your door and says she believes in “family values” try to remember she is an enemy combatant towards unborn children.

    More later about Rishell’s and BRUUs views about marriage.

  7. Anonymous said on 4 Sep 2009 at 9:56 am:
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    Any bets or ideas on what her next lie or smear will be?

  8. Bwana said on 4 Sep 2009 at 10:24 am:
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    It should be noted in the wake of the news article cited above Ms. Rishell still has the press release up on her web page as of 1000 9.4.2009.

  9. Anonymous said on 4 Sep 2009 at 10:57 am:
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    I cant believe nobody has emphasized the fact that Rishell refused to discuss an issue against Miller at the chamber of commerce.

    Now she has the nerve to say Miller ducked a debate…….. I cant believe she wanted to get Paul Nichols to do the debate instead of her. What kind of candidate is she?

    That is a stunning and stupid statement by Rishell.

  10. Anon35 said on 4 Sep 2009 at 1:50 pm:
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    Let her continue to bury herself….good ridance Rishell.

  11. Anonymous said on 6 Sep 2009 at 2:06 pm:
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    Rishell people came by my house today and I asked them about the ‘07 campaign. They told me that Rishell was telling the truth and Jackson Miller did try to raise his own pay inthe city council. I can’t believe these people are still trying to peddle the same lies disproven in the last campaign.

    They are also saying Miller refused the NAACP debate. I guess they do not read the newspapers. They should drop this BS.

  12. Article was clear said on 6 Sep 2009 at 10:24 pm:
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    Anon 6 Sep @ 2:06pm, please contact the News & Messenger to let them know what happened and please consider writing a letter to the editor so the word can get out that Mrs. Rishell’s supports her volunteers/paid door knockers to continue to spread lies door to door. Those kinds of scare tactics should not be tolerated.

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