So what does Jeanette Rishell do when she’s got a huge inventory of yard signs and hardly any people willing to put them in their yards? Why, you litter them all along Route 234 in violation of Prince William County ordinances, hoping the county’s understaffed zoning enforcement department won’t have time to remove them before the election! From the border with the City of Manassas (that actually enforces their ordinances, unless you’re a minority) right up to Route 66, there are Rishell yard signs at every intersection in the median strip Since this is Rishell’s third pass at being an embarassment of a candidate, it’s not like she’s a newbie that doesn’t know the rules. She knows them well enough.
But laws and ordinances are for those other folks, apparently. When she heard Chuck Caputo say that “all felons are Democrats”, she might not have taken is so literally.
Manassas City will immediately dispatch zoning enforcement personnel to deal with violations like these, which does a good job of deterring violators. In Prince William County, enforcement is much more leisurely, inviting those who only need advertising for a short period to flaunt the rules and litter yard signs in the median strips. You’d think a candidate for office who would end up making laws if elected might not play so fast and loose with the rules in a desperate attempt to obtain political advantage. Then again, we’ve got Obama in charge, and that sort of behavior from a certain segment of our politicians is getting pretty darned commonplace.
My guess is this little escapade just cost Rishell another five points in the election. This behavior seriously pisses off a whole lot of voters.
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