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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