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When Pictures Tell The Story

By Greg L | 30 June 2011 | Prince William County | 4 Comments

So I happen across some pictures of a campaign kickoff that features the rock star of Virginia politics Ken Cuccinelli.  You’d think the overflow crowds would spill out in to the parking lot at an event like this, as Ken doesn’t just show up for anyone.  You gotta be pretty special to get the Cooch.  I’ve been to a lot of high profile campaign kickoffs in the county and this is the first one I’ve heard of that had the ObamaCare-killer himself at as a headliner.

So here’s one of the photos I see on facebook of the campaign kickoff of Milt Johns and Gil Trenum this week:

Now I’d show up to just about anything where Ken Cuccinelli speaks. He is an absolutely brilliant speaker.  I’ve seen him speak dozens of times, and each time I come away inspired, excited, and I’d feel like I just got a rapid-fire history and philosophy lesson I’d never get elsewhere.  If Ken was going to speak at a knitting club, I’d probably find a way to get there, and so would a whole lot of other people.  Here we have the chairman of the Prince William County School Board and one of the freshman conservative luminaries on the board, and nearly half of the people in attendance seem to be elected officials, candidates, and their staff?

Here’s a tip to my friends on the school board, and both of these really are people I like a whole lot - if Ken Cuccinelli can’t inject any enthusiasm into your campaigns, maybe it is time to rethink how you are representing the people of Prince William County in your elected positions.  What we’ve seen from the board over the past four years has been little more than a string of bitter disappointments, and the lack of enthusiasm towards your candidacies are a direct reflection of that circumstance.  In short, you were elected last term to do a job, and the voters are still waiting to see that job get done.

There’s still time to make people believe they should care whether you get re-elected.  Use that time wisely, my friends.  I don’t want to see this kind of turnout for you in November, but that’s the picture as I see it right now.

Compare the above with this, and it’s pretty clear where the intensity is this election cycle:

UPDATE: I’m getting emails saying that the attendance at this event was a lot higher than the pictures Steve Botello posted on facebook would tend to indicate, and that there were about 80 people there. I trust my eyes on this one, as it’s kind of hard to hide 80 people in a photo set like this. Anyone that was there, feel free to weigh in, and we’d all appreciate pictures that demonstrate more than the vastly underwhelming crowd we’ve been shown so far.

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  1. Milt Johns said on 1 Jul 2011 at 6:59 am:
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    There is another half of the hall that is not pictured, the vantage point from which this picture is taken, which was full of people. They are all sitting on the side of the room where the food was located. The Nokesville Volunteer Fire Station seats, in this configuration, at least 150 people. You should have joined us, Greg - Corey Stewart kicked off the event and introduced the elected officials, including Lisa Bell, Betty Covington and Michael Otaigbe from the School Board, Marty Nohe from the BOCS, and Sheriff Glen Hill. Candidates Bob FitzSimmonds, Steve Botello and Jeaninie Lawson were also in attendance.

  2. KimS said on 1 Jul 2011 at 8:25 am:
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    I was there! I think this one photo is a bit misleading. That one photo was of a small group of people sitting on one side of the room - the side furthest from the food where the chairs hadn’t been taken down from the tables. They were sitting there because the seats on the other side of the room were full. By my count there were roughly 70 - 80 people in attendance.

    Corey talked about the efforts Milt and Gil have made to improve relations between the BOCS and School Board, Milt discussed the need for continued fiscal discipline, both Gil and Milt discussed their desire to make sure the instructional programs we implement let our teachers teach, and both discussed the new school on Devlin Road to address continued overcrowding in the western end of the county (Just a suggestion, but that school could be a K-8 school as the ES enrollment “bubble” will hit MS in the next couple of years and Marsteller & GVMS will be above 130% of capacity).

    So I think that photo is a bit misleading. If the group at the kickoff was any indication, there’s a lot of support form both Milt and Gil from the community.

  3. Henry said on 1 Jul 2011 at 9:03 am:
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    I am pretty sure Greg was tongue-in-cheek about this one

  4. simple said on 5 Jul 2011 at 1:45 pm:
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    I think this is more of a case of campaign kick-off rule 1 Always ensure you have a location that has a smaller capacity then your expected crowd.

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