The campaign season for the Republican nomination for Prince William County Chairman has just gone from simply strange to utterly ridiculous with the announcement by hot-tempered, potty-mouthed, stomp-out-of-meetings-and-resign Haymarket Town Councilman Bob Weir. An article in the Gainesville Times Weir describes his qualifications for office as thus: “I drink, I smoke, I curse. Corey drinks, Corey curses. What’s the difference except that I don’t kiss babies and I don’t cut ribbons?”
I’ve been consistently amused that voters in Haymarket seem to tolerate such consistently outrageous behavior on the part of their elected officials. Bob Weir rants and swears at the top of his voice during Town Council meetings. Bob Weir gets upset, storms out of a meeting and resigns his position, but for some utterly incomprehensible reason the Town Council refuses to accept the resignation so he can return once he’s cooled down a bit. Perhaps the comedy relief is just something the Town can’t manage to do without.
Of course it’s questionable whether Prince William County Republicans will have much stomach for these antics, especially coming from someone who has been working closely with Eric Byler and Annabel Park on their efforts to protect illegal aliens from the consequences of their unlawful behavior and brand the Tea Party as a bunch of racists Klan members. I guess he wants to challenge John Gray for that all important block of Republican voters who want to make the county more welcoming for illegal aliens. Such a voting block might even possibly break into double-digits at the county convention. The suspense will be quite palpable, or well, probably not.
There used to be a bearded older guy who would come to citizens time and make incoherent and rambling accusations about how the supervisors were stealing money or misappropriating public property. At least one time he was wearing a white hockey jersey emblazoned with a red “CCCP”and a hammer and sickle on it. If he were still with us, I figure he’d be the only loon who could possibly top the silliness that has become this race for chairman. In his absence, Bob Weir is close enough.
The new political mantra for the county will soon become “Bob Weir makes [insert anyone’s name here] appear sane.” Pick any name you choose: Manes Pierre, Judy Feder, Jeanette Rishell, Alvin Greene, or any number of other embarrassments to the political process. You can’t pick wrongly. Really.
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