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Not Your Average Republican, I Suppose

By Greg L | 19 July 2011 | Loudoun County | 43 Comments

Really?  Is this Liz Andrzejewicz Mills, the campaign manager for Mike Chapman who is running as a Republican?  Did she really run as a Democrat endorsed by the neo-communist “Working Families Party” in New York in 2008?

Why, why would a Republican choose someone with a political past like this to be the public face of his Republican primary campaign?

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  1. Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot said on 19 Jul 2011 at 11:08 pm:
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    For someone who wants to be elected to an office where they will be making many, many personnel decisions this is a terrible demonstration of bad judgment. That article about the woman participating in one of those cutsie liberal ‘direct action’ protests against Dick Cheney turns my stomach. If Chapman can’t even manage to figure out the background of his own campaign manager, how in the heck is he going to make good decisions about what deputies to hire????

    Some Loudoners who call themselves Republicans these days are a real doozy.

  2. Sachmo said on 19 Jul 2011 at 11:31 pm:
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    I agree with the last sentence there WTF.

    This crap was vetted months ago and determined to be a non-issue. It ended up costing the reputation of a Loudoun EXCOM member and his eventual dismissal from the committee. Not pretty. No merit here move along boys.

  3. Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot said on 19 Jul 2011 at 11:45 pm:
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    “Not an issue?”

    To me it is. I think that someone who was a candidate of this Working Families Party has no business being selected as a campaign manager by a Republican candidate. Have you seen their website? They think Democrats aren’t “progressive” enough!

  4. Lovettsville Lady said on 19 Jul 2011 at 11:54 pm:
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    Some LCRC members have been asking these questions for months. There are many questionable decisions made by the Chapman campaign, including with whom they have chosen to surround themselves. We are all judged by the company we keep. Liz is but the outward, obvious, campaign symbol. Others supporting the campaign are far worse.

  5. Joe Budzinski said on 20 Jul 2011 at 12:10 am:
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    Yeah, Liz has been a real hindrance and Mike Chapman is obviously a fool. Just look at the results.

  6. Satchmo said on 20 Jul 2011 at 7:57 am:
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    Lovettsville Lady, you’re nothing but a pawn. Let’s look who Chapman has surrounded himself with public endorsements, Zurn, Wertz, Plowman, Clemens, (every elected Constitutional Officer) York. Dickerson, Buona, Williams, Lettourneau, Seeman, Ahelmann, Levin, and 23 other named individuals on his website. I’d say that’s a whos who of the LCRC.

    Please enlighten us with your judgment of these individuals. Oh and Liz Mills, a fairly new resident of Loudoun who has an impressive record, beyond Chapman, of supporting and working hard for the Republican party here in Loudoun is also endorsing Chapman.

    Yes you’re nothing but a pawn following a couple of scrupulous characters who became jealous of Liz’s ability to influence and win political campaigns. Jealous of her ability to be a team member and produce some of the finest campaign literature that work. (and work on the cheap, no stinkin multi-thousand dollar videos here) A few members are pissed off because Chapman didn’t hire them onto his campaign. Funny how volunteer activism is really ruling the day here, not the almighty political consultancy dollar.

    You sound like a cackling chicken. Go gossip were someone will listen to you.

  7. Fox Trot said on 20 Jul 2011 at 8:09 am:
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    JB- I think you are missing the larger point here. It is not a matter of her doing a good or competent job. This is a Republican Party, a Republican Primary comprised of primarily conservatives. There are many Democrat, progressive campaign managers who do a great job. Would you hire them in a Republican primary if you knew their background and resume ? Of course not, you would not even talk to them. They are not compatible in any way shape or form. So then how did this obvious phony fake her way into the party and onto a campaign ? Her background either did not matter, or she lied in her presentation of her background and resume. her background does matter, and one only has to do some minor research to compile a long list of concerns or questions about her. Her past is troubling , very toubling. So this campaign either does not care or they were bamboozled. Both are concerning and RED flags for any conservative delegate attending the convention as well as voters in the general should they prevail in the convention. The possibility exists they were taken in by a huckster, are naive to the ramifications, or maybe they are OK with her past of political hop scotching and progressive activism. If the latter is true then they need to stop campaigning as conservatives. If they are in concert with her past, they are in no way conservatives .

    Ask the question. Why would a Republican Campaign ,running in a Republican Primary utilizing a convention process that will be packed with CONSERVATIVE activists hire a Progressive Activist to run their campaign ?

    They seem to be acting as if this is not an issue. It is a big issue. The Republican party is a party based in conservatism. The guiding principles and conservative core are not to be switched out on a whim to the convenience of campaigns. There are conservatives and there are phonys. The phonys talk a good game. Some in the LCRC talk of RINOS, yet defend Liz. I guess as long as its your Rino everything os OK. The problem exists when the RINO in question is linked to someone elses campaign or cause.

    Not exactly a profile in courage.

    Schmo- You may want to check your facts. The member in question is still a member of the LCRC in good standing. You should applaud his telling the truth. Your contenion this is a non-issue is wrong. This is and is becoming a much bigger issue. The word is spreading and delegates are asking questions, changing their minds and some are flat out mad . They feel lied to. Even some in concert with the Chapman campaign are concerned. This would be a distraction to any campaign, one that did not have to happen had they vetted and investigated Liz Mills. If they were warned or had knowledge of this in advance ,they have no one to blame but them selves.

  8. Dudley Do-Right said on 20 Jul 2011 at 9:28 am:
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    If we want to go back to the beginning of this race, I believe Ron Speakman was in discussions with or had hired a campaign manager that is a democrat. Apparently after initial consideration he decided it would not be a good idea to have a democrat CM in a republican primary. I give him credit for making that decision and realizing the consequences.

    As for endorsements, while I respect all of the candidates that have come forward to endorse Mr Chapman, you can see what a precarious situation this has created. If Mr Chapman is not the nominee and Mr Speakman wins, they are faced with a situation in which the nominee has been maligned and casitigated so severly by his opposition that the working relationship with the whole ticket is strained. Anyone that understands the process knows this is problematic, so might I suggest that the Chapman Campaign stop the gossip and hard ball tactics and try to win on merit. Why would anyone waste their time going so negative in a race they think are winning? To what purpose? I believe it is to poison the well, and now that I have read about some of the leftist leanings of Mr Chapman’s staff, I understand this trend.

    What has happened over the past couple weeks is that the heavy and under handed tactics by the Chapman campaign have made some eyes open. Perhaps it is too late to change course, too many people have been offended. For months no one said anything negative about the Chapman publicly because the narrative that was created that he was the only viable candidate, and to just shut up and accept it. Now that enough people have connected dots, people feel free to voice their concerns. They should do so. Sunlight is good.

  9. Freedom said on 20 Jul 2011 at 11:46 am:
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    If unfamiliar with the “Working Families Party,” as I was, it’s worth your time to check it out.

    All I can say to Mike Chapman is, “If as a ‘conservative Republican’ you teamed with ultra-liberal liz Mills, what in the world were you thinking”?? Ya just can’t have it both ways!!!

  10. Stone Sucks said on 20 Jul 2011 at 12:00 pm:
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    Liz Mills is so ultra liberal that the ultra conservative LCRC just re-elected her unanimously as Catoctin District Chairman. She was fighting a corrupt establishment at that time in New York. This is all the Greg Stone attack redux. The same loser who just lost his bid for re-election as District Chairman. Greg Stone is still all pissed off that Chapman didn’t hire his buddy Kristen Kalina, so they all have to try to take down Liz Mills now. What a bunch of crybabies.

  11. Dudley Do-Right said on 20 Jul 2011 at 12:05 pm:
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    Changing political parties for political expediency is the practice of those with zero core beliefs. I know plenty of people that have changed parties, most after a period of time in which they realized they were on the wrong side. I haven’t seen too many wild swings from far left to far right, and when it does happen it should raise eyebrows, particularly for a candidate.

  12. Stone Sucks said on 20 Jul 2011 at 12:05 pm:
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    I am back to work after my lunch break now. The rest of you losers with no jobs can keep on whining about the little woman who kicked your asses.

  13. Fox Trot said on 20 Jul 2011 at 12:05 pm:
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    Someone above mentioned gossip. If this were gossip or blog nonsense I would agree. However, one only has to do some investigation. The information is there and should be examined. Sunlight is needed.
    If this post gets people talking about the issues and discussing how best to move forward advancing conservative values and candidates then it is a very good thing.

    Ignoring the facts while whistling past the grave yard usually ends badly.

  14. Paying attention in Loudoun said on 20 Jul 2011 at 1:06 pm:
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    Uh-oh, sounds like someone has a big ol’ crush on Liz! Ummm……….I wonder who that could be?

  15. Paying attention in Loudoun said on 20 Jul 2011 at 1:59 pm:
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    How did this Liz character go from a far lefty supporter to become a conservative in less than three years? Seems she was a republican before she became a radical democrat socialist before she moved to Loudoun and became a republican again two years ago. Two years? So what is she really and what is Mike Chapman? Just lookin for a party to land in? Honest to gosh, I couldn’t vote for these people. Their behavior is not predictable and they are not honest.

    I know you young men have a big ol’ crush on the little lady. I’m too old for that nonsense to determine how I vote. I want a real conservative, a real republican to run for office. That nice Pastor Arlie sealed the deal for me. He knows a real conservative when he sees one and he knows all about the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Some of you Christians should listen to him. Don’t be fooled by a pretty gal who blows in your ear and tells you what you want to hear. Take it from me, she’ll kick you to the curb like yesterday’s garbage, just like she done to republicans in New York. http://www.bvbl.net/index.php/2011/06/05/pastor-arlie-at-the-pig-roast/

  16. Satchmo said on 20 Jul 2011 at 2:53 pm:
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    Hey PAIL, you do realize that Arlie has been a long time supporter of Simpson even during Simpson’s amazing overnight transformation from R to I don’t you? (Another example why the pledge needs to be stronger). Are you sure Arlie knows a real conservative when he sees one?

    You also most realize that Liz is not running for Sheriff, Chapman is. He’s running against Speakman. Care to add value here and answer the outstanding questions associated with Speakman?

    Oh, “radical democrat socialist”, that made me laugh. Nothin like a little hyperbole on a warm summer day.

  17. Dudley Do-Right said on 20 Jul 2011 at 3:20 pm:
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    I am certain that if Pastor Arlie had decided to support Mr Chapman, the praise would be high and wide. This is but another example of the complete hypocrisy of the Chapman campaign.

  18. Satchmo said on 20 Jul 2011 at 3:45 pm:
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    Dudley, do the right thing and please address the outstanding questions about Speakman. Each one is a show stopper for him.

  19. Satchmo said on 20 Jul 2011 at 6:31 pm:
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    I’ve confirmed one of the open questions on Speakman. Two separate and unrelated sources. This brings into question Ron’s entire claim of “street” cop experience and also amplifies his questions about why he left LE.

    Sometime before 2000, Speakman was given a “special” deputy badge by the then Chief of the Remington Police Dept. I dynamic law fighting force of 3. This “special” badge allowed Speakman to work at “special events”. That’s it. He must have been bummed, no cop car or sirens. Guess he did get a perk of not having to pay admission to the Bealton Flying Circus.

    So Speakman’s website says he was a “street cop” for 13 years. Seven years claimed to be in Leesburg. So, where was he the other 6 years? His good buddy Jim Waddell claims Ron worked for Fauquier County police from 95 to 97. That accounts for two of the 6 years.

    So, what’s up Ron?? How about filling us in with a little transparency here? What happened to the four years you’re saying you were a cop? At the least aren’t we considering a candidate that was only a cop for 9 years, on two different LE forces? So much for your vast and extensive LE experience and knowledge.

    So Ron, why did you leave LE?

  20. Paying attention in Loudoun said on 20 Jul 2011 at 9:04 pm:
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    I’m wondering, is Chapman the best we can do? How come Satchmo ain’t singing the praises of Chapman? How come we ain’t hearing about the wonderful things he done as a cop? All his fans can do is come up with things they heard that Speakman did, back in the day, maybe. They got ”witnesses” or some such thing yet those witnesses never seem to be found or speak out.

    Ron may have done some foolish things in the past but he ain’t now surrounding himself with nasty people who do nothing but attack republicans and suck face with pretty campaign managers. My mama taught me a good lesson early on, we are all judged by the folks we choose to keep company with. Is Mr. Chapman going to make these losers his deputies if he becomes sheriff? Will all his deputies be folks who hate conservatives and tear down Christians and republicans every chance they get? That’s who he’s choosing to keep company with. Is that going to change? I wouldn’t expect so.

  21. Fred said on 20 Jul 2011 at 10:28 pm:
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    Foxtrot - I was at the meeting months ago when Liz’s past was brought up and it was and continues to be a non-issue. Reagan was a Democrat before becoming a great conservative. So by our logic Reagan should have never been allowed into the GOP? While rare, conversion do happen and Liz’s record of stalwart GOP activism is second to none.

    As for Mr. Chapman, there is no doubt in my mind he is the most qualified, experienced, ethical candidate running for Sheriff. Mike has been outspent heavily but he’s been able to form a strong coalition of support. His lengthy, uninterupted law enforcement experience makes him the superior candidate. He will restore honor and dignity to the office of Sheriff. When Mike talks about law and order he’s got the experience and record to back it up.

  22. Dudley Do-Right said on 20 Jul 2011 at 10:41 pm:
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    Please do not compare Ronald Reagan with this situation. Read my post above about thoughtful people changing their party affiliation over time. This is probably the most bogus argument I have read to date, it’s actually pathetic.

  23. Dudley Do-Right said on 21 Jul 2011 at 7:52 am:
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    Satchmo correctly states that Liz Mills is not running for Sheriff, Chapman is, therefore I’d like to address Mike Chapman’s alliance with Scott York.

    It appears the Chapman/York team is bonded together by more than just their mutual endorsement of each other’s candidacy. Consider this fact, Scott York was first a Republican, then an Independent who endorsed liberal Democrats in 2007, then a Republican again in 2011.

    Fact #2: Mike Chapman’s campaign manager Liz Andrzejewicz Mills lived in New York and first ran and lost a local race as a Republican. Then she jumped to the leftist Working Families Party in New York in 2007 to run for Town Council as a Democrat, contributed to a liberal Democrat running for Congress in the 2008 Presidential year that elected Obama and then after moving to Virginia, joined the LCRC in 2009 and switched back to the Republican party.

    And again, the Reagan analogy doesn’t fly. Liz Mills was FIRST a Republican, then a liberal Democrat then a Republican again all within the space of a few years. A very different scenario than Ronald Reagan, but remarkably similar to Scott York.

    The real question is what was Mike Chapman’s political affiliation before he was a Republican? Since he just arrived in Loudoun two years ago, do we really know anything about his Party affiliation previous to his joining the LCRC? He appears to have a high comfort level for surrounding and aligning himself with individuals who have had no problem running with and endorsing very liberal and leftist Democrats. Is Chapman really a conservative? Birds of a feather tend to flock together so just what direction are we flying with the Chapman/York team. . .Left or Right? Makes you wonder.

  24. Satchmo said on 21 Jul 2011 at 10:51 am:
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    What you say about that little problem of Speakman lieing about his “extensive” street fightin experience? Answer that and you’ll be doing your guy a service.

    Get a clue, Chapman was a federal employee and the Hatch Act certainly has an effect on how vocal a person can be about their party affiliation. Additionally, fighting bad guys really has no R or D associated with it.

    Also, just read that Speakman was gathering signatures in Fauquier to run as Sheriff against the popular Sheriff Fox in 2007. Turns out he was denied candidacy because he lacked Fauquier County residency. Care to clear up that big issue for us?

    These things aren’t going away. Do the right thing and help us understand these problems Speakman is having.

  25. Dudley Do-Right said on 21 Jul 2011 at 11:47 am:
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    Pardon me Satchmo, but your sanctimoniuos replies are indicative of the style of the Chapman campaign. When you can’t answer questions concerning your candidate or the people they associate themselves with you attempt to flip the conversation. Once again you resort to rumor, innuendo and accusations against Mr Chapman’s opponent, with no proof. It gets tiresome. No one runs negative in the last days of an election unless they are worried.

    Lastly, using the Hatch Act as an excuse is ridiculous, there are plenty of active LCRC members that work for the federal government. Quite honestly, this whole region would be devoid of political activists and party members if they cowered behind the Hatch Act.

  26. Satchmo said on 21 Jul 2011 at 11:49 am:
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    Answer the question Dudley, do the right thing!

  27. Satchmo said on 21 Jul 2011 at 1:11 pm:
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    BTW Dudley, you’ve not asked one question about Chapman. What is it that you expect me to respond to?

  28. Dudley Do-Right said on 21 Jul 2011 at 1:40 pm:
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    Satchmo, Already posted once:
    The real question is what was Mike Chapman’s political affiliation before he was a Republican? Since he just arrived in Loudoun two years ago, do we really know anything about his Party affiliation previous to his joining the LCRC? He appears to have a high comfort level for surrounding and aligning himself with individuals who have had no problem running with and endorsing very liberal and leftist Democrats. Is Chapman really a conservative? Birds of a feather tend to flock together so just what direction are we flying with the Chapman/York team. . .Left or Right? Makes you wonder.

    Why does Chapman surround himself with party jumpers?

  29. Satchmo said on 21 Jul 2011 at 2:06 pm:
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    I have no idea what or if he had a party affiliation. He could have but really don’t know. Not my place to answer this as I am not that close to him or the campaign. You need to ask him. From everything I’ve heard from him, read about him, and talked to friends/colleagues of his I see nothing that would make me question his integrity. Again the Liz thing has been vetted months ago and was determined to be a marshmallow. As Greg Stone for details about how far that little test balloon went.

    As for as I see Chapman has surrounded himself with a whos who of Loudoun politics plus some. All Speakman seems to be able to roust up is a bunch of PW outsiders and drinking buddies.

    Now kindly address the real concerns here about Speakman’s real LE record, his squashed run for Fauquier County Sheriff and his residency status.

  30. Paying attention in Loudoun said on 21 Jul 2011 at 3:10 pm:
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    Hey pal, how about a few links to back up these rumors you keep trying to spread?

  31. Dudley Do-Right said on 21 Jul 2011 at 3:20 pm:
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    Satchmo, You seem to know so much one minute, yet so little the next. Know specifics on one thing, then play dumb the next. It is almost as if you are playing passive/aggressive with yourself.

    No one wants to play your games anymore, post your evidence on your allegations or put a cork in it. If you reply with another set of inane questions that not even you are able to answer, it will tell us all we need to know.

  32. Satchmo said on 21 Jul 2011 at 4:07 pm:
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    No link available PAIL, just words directly from the horses mouth. I am EXTREMELY confident about this stuff and Chapman had nothing to do with me finding it out, he didn’t ask me to look into it, Chapman had no knowledge that I did it, and I haven’t even shared my information or source with him. I’ll also say none of this stuff was confirmed by sources within Loudoun County or from anyone remotely connected to the Chapman camp. All based on good all shoe leather work by me and some very good friends in other places. Additionally, a separate and unrelated source confirmed the exact same things. Its reasonable for you to consider them rumors but I can assure you they are not rumors but reflect the truth.

    DDR, I’ll let you off the hook. There isn’t any justification for the stuff Speakman has done or denied, and the only realistic tactic for him is to deny deny deny. Doesn’t change the fact he needs to deal with the fall out.

  33. Dudley Do-Right said on 21 Jul 2011 at 5:08 pm:
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    Ah Yes, Chapman has nothing to do with you, you are a lone wolf operating under a veil of secrecy. Sources, confirmations and good old fashioned detective work. You appear to be a bonafide Secret Agent Man. Wowee. More like a Secret Squirrel.

    No one wants to play cloaks and daggers with you Satchmo. Maybe you should take up the trumpet.

  34. Satchmo said on 21 Jul 2011 at 6:33 pm:
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    I already have picked up the trumpet been playing for years. Consider me your heralding angel.

  35. Satchmo said on 21 Jul 2011 at 7:11 pm:
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    My, my, my, look what somebody found.


    So Speakman has a history of trying to be a Sheriff in Fauquier and didn’t live there. and now we see he lives over in Rockville and is running for Sheriff of Loudoun. Who dumps a million into a house and doesn’t live in it? Where is the SBE on this? He needs to drop out now!

    Make this a proclamation for Chapman before he’s run across the Potomac Ocean and told never to come back.

    Someone needs to do some splannin’.

  36. Dudley Do-Right said on 21 Jul 2011 at 7:33 pm:
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    Sherlock Satchmo.

    You got it, I proclaim that Chapman be run across the Potomac Ocean, whatever the heck that means. I think Sherlock needs a nap.

  37. Satchmo said on 21 Jul 2011 at 9:49 pm:
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    That’s what you got outta this?!?! You can’t be taken seriously.

    Care to respond to the friggin tax bill for Ron’s house in Rockville? Give me a break.

  38. Dudley Do-Right said on 22 Jul 2011 at 5:05 am:
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    Satchmo, Care to explain where the Potomac Ocean is? You are babbling like a brook, which may actually be a creek, or a crick, depending on where you are from.

  39. Satchmo said on 22 Jul 2011 at 8:04 am:
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    Since that seems to be the big issue with the the Potomac Ocean is a slang term for the Potomac and how long it takes to cross if you’re going from VA to MD - it’s called TRAFFIC.

    Please acknowledge the difficult situation Speakman has himself in with running for Sheriff in Loudoun and living in a million dollar house in Rockville?

  40. Dudley Do-Right said on 22 Jul 2011 at 9:02 am:
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    Satchmo is very angry now, losing his cool and demanding that people succumb to his way of thinking. No wonder he is on the Chapman campaign. Please re-read the heavy/under handed tactics remarks above. This is their specialty.

  41. Satchmo said on 22 Jul 2011 at 10:33 am:
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    I’ll live this discussion with this gem:


    Beat that Greg L. :)

  42. Satchmo said on 22 Jul 2011 at 11:02 am:
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    live = leave

  43. Phantom said on 27 Jul 2011 at 5:06 pm:
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    did a little investigating myself -

    so, she ran as a Republican, and was a member of the Republican Party. She lost. She changed parties and became a member of the Democratic party, ran and lost. She then went and sued the Republican party….. and some here say this was vetted.

    How could this have possibly been vetted.

    And no, she is not all that cute.

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