The Manassas Park Governing Board appointed Bill Treuting to fill the vacant seat created by the forced resignation of Peter Farrell tonight, dealing another blow to the political aspirations of Jeanette Rishell. Rishell not only lobbied hard for this position but managed to dredge up four people to speak on her behalf at tonight’s meeting, far more than anyone else. In the end she came up short, and another attempt to by her to gain political power has been thwarted.
It wasn’t a bad idea for Rishell to set her sights lower and get some elected experience under he belt, but she again failed to grasp that no one particularly likes the idea of having her serve as an elected official. With yet another defeat, my concern is that Rishell might just drop out of trying to make a career for herself in politics and leave Delegate Jackson Miller without the only better alternative than running unopposed for re-election.
Yes, you actually have to campaign against Jeanette Rishell when she opposes you, but since there’s not a chance in hell that leftist dingbat is going to win, all it does is help make sure your name recognition remains high while you’re constantly seen as the best alternative against whatever local Democrats can throw at you. Being opposed by Jeanette Rishell for election is like having the local psychotic beggar run against you, where anything coming out of your mouth is going to sound comparatively brilliant. Voters fall to their knees in such a case giving thanks that at least you’re preventing Sid The Homeless Milk Jug Guy (or Jeanette Rishell) from deciding what laws you have to follow, making you a local hero of mythic proportions.
Rishell isn’t on the payroll of RPV now, is she? That would just be too incredible.
UPDATE: The News & Messenger finally published an article about this and got a rather interesting quote from newly-minted member Bill Treuting:
Regarding illegal immigration, Treuting said, “I believe the real resolution for illegal immigration must be resolved at the state and federal level and not at the local level.”
So all of you hoping there might be some slim chance that Manassas Park might be moving away from their under-the-radar effort to become a sanctuary jurisdiction for illegal aliens, to the extent they are able, will again be disappointed. The implications for the city budget remain just as dire as they always were, as illegal aliens will continue to obtain unlawful residency in Manassas Park and draw disproportionate demand on services while contributing a disproportionately low level of support.
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