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Are The Democrats Out To Lunch?

By Greg L | 23 October 2009 | Jeanette Rishell, 50th HOD District | 25 Comments

Here’s an interesting story about the 50th District race I heard this afternoon that readers might find somewhat amusing.

Jeanette Rishell has about eight paid staffers working for her campaign, about the same staff size you might expect in a congressional campaign, but she’s hugely loaded up with these staffers in her quixotic attempt to do better than the 20 point thumping she got in the polls last year running for the House of Delegates, rather than seeking a seat in Congress.  It seems that mostly they hang out at Rishell campaign headquarters in Old Town Manassas, and when lunchtime rolls around, they predictably enjoy some of the great venues in Old Town.  So one day, here’s Rishell with eight hanger’s-on taking advantage of one of Old Town’s true gems (which I highly recommend), Okra’s Louisiana Bistro, for a long, leisurely lunch.

Delegate Jackson Miller, who is getting set to absolutely whomp for the third time this Jeanette Rishell character, comes across this interesting congregation.  He probably said hello, and chuckled to himself that with the enormous uphill climb these folks are faces with, here they are relaxing at a leisurely pace, eating some good food, and enjoying the atmosphere of Old Town when they could actually be working.  Then a brilliant idea must have crossed his mind, because what happened next is classic for the way elected officials in Virginia, and Manassas in particular, are known to behave.  Did he mess with them?  No.  Did he do something to rub it in their faces that they’re fighting (in a not so dedicated fashion) an hugely uphill battle here?  Not at all.

Instead, he went inside and paid their bill.

It makes sense.  If Jackson Miller can finance the huge campaign staff of Jeanette Rishell continuing their laziness and not working for their candidate, it’s a good investment.   I’ll bet that if he could have opened up a tab for them to stay there the whole day, he would have done it.  But what a gentlemanly way for him to make a point.  I imagine Harry Parrish would definitely be smiling down from above about this, as this seems to come directly out of his playbook.

On a related note, I actually found a third yard sign for Jeanette Rishell in someone’s yard today.  While Jackson Miller signs are everywhere, and I mean everywhere in the district, Rishell signs are so scarce as to be a pure novelty when encountered.  Either Rishell’s staff is hanging out in Old Town restaurants so much they don’t have time to distribute them, or just about no one wants one of these in their yard.  Even the hard-core dems that I know in my precinct and nearby don’t have signs up this year.  I’ve never seen such a lop-sided sign effort during an election cycle.  It’s almost as if Jackson Miller doesn’t have an opponent this cycle.

Maybe democrats are too busy eating lunches that Jackson Miller is buying for them, while they bill Jeanette Rishell for the time it takes to eat them.

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  1. USMC Patriot said on 23 Oct 2009 at 1:14 am:
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    Most of the folks who built Manassas, however much you hate them, have given you the benefit of the doubt for about ten years, which you have countered with destructive action and vitriol of the most hateful, anti-Christian and evil kind… You never knew Harry Parrish, you don’t really know Chuck Colgan, and you are despised by Mattie Parrish. At the Arlington Cemetery grave-side service of Colin Wolfe, who died in the war you so eagerly, happily and ignorantly championed, Mattie told bystanders that she cursed your very existence, by name, for stoking the hate and ignorance that ultimately led to Colin’s death. You surely contributed to to the death of Colin, and probably contributed to death of other young patriots. And now you sink your fangs into his parents? You have offered no sacrifice on behalf of this nation, other than the sacrifice of the reputation of your long-suffering wife and children. You MUST request a waiver from the Marine Corps or the Army of its age requirements and stand on the line on the literal tip of the spear in order to have any credibility. Alternately, you must do your level best to insure that all of your children serve in the hottest combat zone at the earliest possible moment. If your life’s mission is to make as many children as possible and to kill as many Muslims as possible, then you are obligated to follow through on the promise.

  2. Anonymous said on 23 Oct 2009 at 5:55 am:
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  3. Craig Eddy said on 23 Oct 2009 at 7:21 am:
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    Someone seems to be off their meds.

  4. ... said on 23 Oct 2009 at 7:28 am:
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    Someone’s having a “bad trip”.

  5. Dittyman8 said on 23 Oct 2009 at 7:49 am:
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    Hey USMC Patriot:

    Stay on topic please. It was the terrorists that killed Colin Wolfe, not Greg L. Besides, both Democrats and Republicans voted to authorized the wars which you seem to blamed Greg L for. So why take your grief and anger out on them or better yet find a way to help win the war so he didn’t die in vain? The Democrats have the White House and Congress under their control now and we’re still fighting the war. Why? Because we have to win it or at least not bug out like we did in Vietnam. BTW, retired Navy here, led Marines in Cuba and Bosnia, been there - done that, so please don’t give me the Gung-Holier-Than-Thou attitude.

    Getting back on topic, too bad Jackson Miller couldn’t slip a dessert to them full of the eneymes from turkeys that causes everyone to fall sleep after Thanksgiving dinner. That would have delayed them from working a few more hours.

  6. Anonymous said on 23 Oct 2009 at 8:10 am:
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    Sounds like USMC patriot (if he is in fact one) is suffering from PMS.

  7. Greg L said on 23 Oct 2009 at 8:25 am:
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    Is there anyone left out there who hasn’t firmly concluded that liberalism is a mental disorder yet? This is one of the gentler posts I’ve put up all year, and it inspires some liberal’s fertile imagination to come up with this venom-filled fantasy where I’m supposedly killing American soldiers in Iraq.


  8. Disgusted Taxpayer said on 23 Oct 2009 at 8:31 am:
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    Colin Wolfe is an American hero and his family deserves our thanks and honor for their sacrifce. This sacrifice does not give Mark a “get out of jail free card” for the rest of his lefe. I don’t know him but have heard others say that anytime he wants something he invocts his son’s name. Greg did not “sink his fangs” into Colin’s parents. He reported on a problem imprtant to taxpayers in Manassas. Mark needs to do some soul-searching about using of his son’s memory just to get more ballet money or whatever.

  9. Ayn Rand is Right said on 23 Oct 2009 at 9:22 am:
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    USMC Patriot,

    I am calling you a liar. It’s not because I doubt you were ever a veteran of the United States Marine Corps (which I do). It’s because I do know Mrs Mattie Parrish, and Mattie would never say anything like this publicly, even if she felt this way privately. I also know that she never pays much attention to anything going on in the blogs, and she certainly wouldn’t unjustifiably link the war-related death of a fine young man to what is going on in local politics.

    Mattie Parrish is a gentile lady. She was the wife of a veteran and public servant-politician, and is the mother of a veteran and public servant-politician. She knows that in a war, good young men die from the actions of the enemy. She also knows that in politics, reputations are attacked. I also know that the only person she really held any animosity for was her husband’s final primary opponent. This person attacked her husband’s sterling reputation and his character. This person led a protest outside of the family’s place of business. She laid part of the blame of her husbands passing on the strain of having to defend his seat in a primary. This person’s political career was later ended at the hands of this blog’s first incarnation. You know what? When this person was trying to succeed her husband in the nomination contest after her husbands passing, I had the opportunity to ask Mattie what she thought about what was happening out on the blogs. Her answer; “what is a blog?”

    Now I am not going to waste time or keystrokes refuting your insane logic linking Greg to the Global War on Terror. You didn’t win anyone over here, with those remarks. What I will challenge you on is your “off-limits” attitude regarding Mark Wolfe. Their son was a patriot, in the truest sense of the word. To enlist in the nation’s premier fighting force with an almost 100% certainty that he would be placed in a combat zone, and to request a combat arms specialty on top of that, speaks volumes about the character this young man possessed. His parents should be eternally proud of the part they played in raising this American son, as should every parent of ever fallen serviceman who has paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect this nation’s freedom. Colin Wolfe is an American hero.

    However, Mark Wolfe is an elected official. Should we turn a blind eye when there are questions regarding his handling of direct grant taxpayer funds?

    Mark Wolfe’s status as a gold-star parent and his questionable financial dealings are unrelated. It is shameful for you to besmirch the memories of Colin Wolfe and Harry Parrish, and the reputation of Mattie Parrish in an attempt to shield Mark Wolfe from any scrutiny regarding questions of abuse of a public trust.

  10. Advocator said on 23 Oct 2009 at 9:41 am:
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    Whoever USMC Patriot is, he or she is still obviously still in deep grief over the loss of PFC Wolfe. Let the grief happen. If venting on this blog helps, let it.

  11. wineplz said on 23 Oct 2009 at 11:02 am:
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    USMC Patriot said on 23 Oct 2009 at 1:14 am

    Sheesh…talk about going off half-cocked!

  12. wineplz said on 23 Oct 2009 at 11:04 am:
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    Also, kudos to Mr. Miller for his polite and gentlemanly way of handling a public encounter with his political opponent.

  13. Not SPLC said on 23 Oct 2009 at 11:22 am:
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    I am so sorry that I am off topic, but I just received this from the White House and thought everyone should see it.

    Our broken health care system that is. That’s right — it’s not working for many women and their families.
    In many states, insurance companies can still discriminate on the basis of gender — and not just on costs. In some states, maternity care is not covered because pregnancy can be seen as a “pre-existing condition.” It’s even legal in some states to deny a woman coverage because she’s been a victim of domestic violence!
    That’s not right. Nobody in America should be treated that way. That’s why First Lady Michelle Obama is standing up for women and families in this newest video. Take a look:
    With health insurance reform, the days of discrimination based on gender will be over. Insurance companies will be banned from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition, or dropping your coverage when you get sick and need it most. They will have to cover preventive care like mammograms and pap smears. And they will be forced to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge you for out-of-pocket expenses.

    But we can’t make health insurance reform a reality without your help. As the First Lady says, talk to your family, your friends, your neighbors. Share this video with them and help get the word out about what’s at stake. It’ll take all of us working together to deliver the change we need on health care.


    Nancy-Ann DeParle
    Director, White House Office of Health Reform

  14. JM said on 23 Oct 2009 at 11:55 am:
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    Why shouldn’t Rishell’s campaign enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Okra’s? It won’t hurt her campaign. In fact, given the quality of their work, not working may be the BEST thing they can do for her campaign!

  15. Prester John said on 23 Oct 2009 at 11:59 am:
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    Speaking of being out to lunch, the latest (Ret) Major John Bell mailer from DPVA is a hoot. While not only continuting the use of his rank (which correct me if I’m wrong, Rich Anderson has never felt the need to resort to) he says he will look at the transportion problems in NOVA as a “battlefield” and then proceeds to lay out his strategery, most of which is pablum for the masses.

    It’s embarassing.

    And then there is today’s Washington Post endorsement of Bell which attacks Marshall for his “clownish” antics while never mentioning Bob’s stand against the regional transportation authorities which was supported by the Virgina Supreme Court on a 7 - 0 vote.

    Should be fun watching the returns the evening of 3 November.

  16. Bwana said on 23 Oct 2009 at 1:36 pm:
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    ARIR, I assume the above post also meant that Mattie Parris is a “gentle” woman, also.

  17. Emma said on 23 Oct 2009 at 2:18 pm:
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    What you speculate must have crossed Jackson’s mind at Okra’s does not sound like Jackson at all. He’s a gentleman who was probably just making a nice gesture. He knows Rishell is no threat to him politically.

  18. Anonymous said on 23 Oct 2009 at 2:44 pm:
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    -Think Emma is right about Jackson’s motives - he is a gentlemen
    and his actions reflect that fact.

  19. Big Dog said on 23 Oct 2009 at 3:52 pm:
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    Jackson is indeed a gentleman, gracious in victory.

  20. Anonymous said on 23 Oct 2009 at 4:13 pm:
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    If IKS was there, I’m guessing the bill was pretty high.

  21. Anonymous said on 24 Oct 2009 at 2:03 am:
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    I remember meeting a young Kurdish woman, whose mother and aunt were ganged raped by Saddam Hussein’s thugs - she was 7 years old and she was forced to watch.

    What America did in Iraq was the single most gallant act of foreign policy since the Marshall Plan. 20 million Iraqis lived in daily fear of torture, rape, and murder. The whole Arab world was held hostage to Saddam’s ambitions of being the military dictator of the Middle East. Terrorists from Abu Abbas, Abu Nidal, and Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi were granted safety and succor from the Ba’athist regime. Not to mention the absolute certainly that Saddam’s would spark another major crisis in the Middle East: be it from his death, his overthrow, or another military campaign of Saddam’s making.

    Now, Iraq is the only Arab democracy in the world. Foreign oil companies - not American - are investing in Iraq’s natural wealth. Iraqi culture, from film to literature to art, is emerging. America has a new ally, and generations will enjoy freedom thanks to the sacrifices made by people such as Colin Wolfe.

    But, if you don’t want to listen to this conservative, perhaps you would care to read what Bill Clinton had to say in November 2000 - the day of the Presidential election.

    ” Saddam Hussein says, I’m going to starve my kids unless you let me buy nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and biological weapons. If you let me do everything I want to do so I can get in a position to kill and intimidate people again, then I will stop starving my kids. And so we are supposed to assume responsibility for his misconduct. That’s just not right! I know they … you know, the truth is a lot of these people want to start doing business with Saddam Hussein again because they want his money.

    And, you know, they want his … the money he earns from oil. But the … it is an absolute fact that he has more money today than he did before the embargo. So if any child is without food or medicine, it is because he has made a deliberate decision to let them die, to try to build up pressure to lift the embargo so he can spend that money how ever he wants. He doesn’t want to spend that money on his people. He wants to spend that money to become the military dictator of the Middle East again.”

    “And, you know, remember, this is the only guy, the only world leader today who has used chemical weapons on his own citizens. And the American people in my judgement should give him all the money he needs to take care of his kids. But should do everything we can, and even if we are alone, to try to stop him from being in a position of murdering his kids again, and murdering other children in the Middle East. That’s what I believe.”

  22. The Patriot (Got E-Verify???) said on 24 Oct 2009 at 7:43 am:
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    Democrats are always out to lunch…and they want us to “pay for it”!

  23. The Bulletproof Monk said on 26 Oct 2009 at 7:28 am:
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    Wow. Anon 2:03, thank you for that. Too often many overlook the very reasons for the action. Bill, in that moment, had a pretty good bead on it. Too bad it faded later that hour.
    And when it is framed like Clinton put it, it’s pretty damned hard to argue it from the other side.

  24. Big Dog said on 26 Oct 2009 at 11:39 am:
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    Jackson has sent out close to a dozen nice mailers, but I’ve
    yet to see one from Jeanette. Plus, as you note, she has far
    fewer yard signs. Where is she spending money? ( Had
    understood that her campaign had raised almost as much as

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