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Bill Treuting Appointed In Manassas Park

By Greg L | 16 December 2009 | Manassas Park, Jeanette Rishell | 13 Comments

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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  1. JM said on 16 Dec 2009 at 9:39 pm:
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    When Bill Treuting was last in the MP council, he helped me with a situation at a foreclosed property adjacent to my home that was life threatening, when the property management company and code enforcement would do nothing. He was prompt, courteous, professional, and the situation was soon resolved. I am so happy to have him back in office.

  2. Anonymous said on 17 Dec 2009 at 12:31 pm:
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    I do not agree with the comments about Mrs. Rishell she was the second best candidate next to Trueting.
    The only problem I have is that Mr. T was up for election and lost last time out. So clearly the voters did not choose him.
    I do not know if that is a vaild point but seems to show favoritism and a lack of knowing the base of voters. The wants of the council not the citizens were played out this time , Well, that is politics my friends.

  3. Johnson said on 17 Dec 2009 at 1:35 pm:
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    Can’t she find a job at SEIU? How about Burger King?

  4. JM said on 17 Dec 2009 at 4:34 pm:
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    Treuting did lose, but by a very narrow margin. This was largely due to the failed strategy of the former Republican council members to run as independents, not due to dissatisfaction in Treuting as a council member. This strategy was not smart in a city that had always elected Republican council members. This splintered the Republican vote and allowed two Democrats to be elected for the first time ever in Manassas Park.

    True, this was a bonehead move on the part of the former Republicans, but pales in comparison to the bonehead moves made by Rishell in past elections. Rishell’s blunders dwarf the council members strategy blunder in both number and magnitude.

    In addition, Rishell has lost elections in district 50, which includes MP, three times, and by wider margins than Treuting’s one loss.

  5. JM said on 17 Dec 2009 at 4:36 pm:
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    make that Rishell has lost THREE election in district 50.

  6. Anonymous said on 17 Dec 2009 at 6:32 pm:
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    Most citizens would not know what margins someone lost by. Don’t you agree? They would just know the facts of who won and who lost.
    So my statement that the perception of the general population that does not analyze win/loss margins would see this as favoritism still stands. In this case people do not think who voted for who. Only that someone who lost now has not.
    Ok DJ, spin that!

  7. Anonymous said on 17 Dec 2009 at 6:51 pm:
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    No, the voters chose someone who either didn’t live here in the first place or didn’t care to stick around… I think I almost prefer the first option, because it means we have been fooled once as opposed to twice (Larson and now Farrell.)

  8. JM said on 17 Dec 2009 at 8:07 pm:
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    THen anonymous, wouldn’t you say to a three time loser, three strikes and you’re out? Rixhell has ran, and lost, elections three times.

  9. Ayn Rand IS Right! said on 18 Dec 2009 at 10:34 am:
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    Whoever came up with the headline for the article (perhaps it was KMG) is an idiot. Since when is the appointment by the city council as “special election”? A “representative election” perhaps, but a “special election” is governed by the rules of the SBE, overseen by the local electoral board, and is in all manner and form the same as a “general election” the only exception being that it may occur outside of the normal election cycle. Perhaps the person who wrote the headline (KMG?) is “special” as well?

  10. ... said on 18 Dec 2009 at 11:16 am:
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    No big surprise on Treuting’s view of Manassas Park’s role as a sanctuary city. The rest of them all feel the same way.

  11. ... said on 18 Dec 2009 at 11:52 am:
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    Also, expect Treuting, sometime between now and when he’s next up for re-election (next year), to decide that he’s a Republican again since it will probably help his re-election.

  12. ... said on 18 Dec 2009 at 11:59 am:
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    “because it means we have been fooled once as opposed to twice”

    We’ve been fooled more than that, it just wasn’t as obvious the other times.

  13. anon said on 20 Dec 2009 at 11:43 am:
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    This is a lot of things but not an election. This was a cornation. MP needs some fresh blood; I’m sorry for their citizens they didn’t get it.

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