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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