Oh, goodness! Jo-Ann Chase is taking pictures of me!
So here’s a candidate for House of Delegates and one of her campaign volunteers at the South Riding Independence Day celebration this evening, taking pictures of me. Is it just me, or does the behavior here seem just a little unusual for someone who claims to posses the demeanor generally expected of candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, the oldest continuously operating legislative body in the Western hemisphere?
I had finished up doing some video and photography work for David Ramadan at this pretty cool neighborhood event, and we were talking in front of the tent Republican candidates, including Jim Lemunyon and Matt Letourneau were using for the event. Finally I notice Jo-Ann Chase, who had been surprisingly non-evident at this pretty well attended event walking by with a campaign worker. After waving hello to them they pull out pocket cameras and start snapping away as if they were junior reporters who had uncovered the political story of the decade. Then Jo-Ann starts yelling to me that I misspell her name on BVBL as they take photo after photo of me. Of course I’ve got a camera in hand, so I shake off the bemusement at this little spectacle and grab a few memoirs of the bizarre way the evening ended.
I guess not much Jo-Ann Chase does these days really should surprise me.
Afterwards I got to wondering when the last time a candidate for office started publicly ranting at a blogger. I’ve had Steve Shannon’s campaign staff, who didn’t seem to know who I was at the time, try to harass me before. Fourteen thousand YouTube views later, the point got made that decision wasn’t a terribly wise one. Even Jeanette Rishell managed to maintain some level of professional decorum around me when she was running for office and getting hounded by me. But Jo-Ann Chase? Not so much.
Here’s a hint for candidates out there: taking photos of me when I’m working doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable in the least. Just try to take good ones, as if you manage to take a good pic, it might be useful for marketing purposes. Better yet, you might want to send a campaign worker out to get those incriminating pictures of me earning a living, instead. You doing it yourself like this just makes you look petty and awfully foolish.
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