Shawn Mitchell, the Democrat running in the 13th Senate District, sure has a lot of explaining to do. You’d think that someone touting their business credentials would actually have a good business record to run on rather than a history littered with stealing from their employers. The Washington Times ran an article on this the other day, and now the Dick Black campaign weighs in with commentary that rises well above the usual campaign rhetoric and poses some hard questions that Mitchell shouldn’t duck. This race is getting mighty interesting.
Just last year, Democrat Shawn Mitchell was sued by his former employer. To put it mildly, his business ethics were in serious question. But Mitchell got the Judge to seal the court record so the details are secret.
Mitchell said in his own court filings that his employer called him “untrustworthy” and told others that Mitchell “had stolen 16,000 customers from Parrish when he left the company.”
Mitchell isn’t just a business operator. He’s the Democrat nominee for State Senate. Voters deserve to know if–as his employer said–he is “untrustworthy.” Voters should know if the Court agreed with Mitchell’s employer who said Mitchell “had stolen 16,000 customers” when he left the company to start a similar company just nine days later.
According to the Washington Times, Mitchell admitted he was still employed by his former employer when he formed his own company. Mitchell’s contract barred him from starting a competing business within 50 miles of Parish. But his new business was located nearby. [Times, “Va. Senate candidate draws heat for small-business legal dispute” Sep. 25, 2011].
In court, he claimed he wasn’t in a “similar business,” so the contract didn’t apply. But his website advertises for “heating, a/c and plumbing services.” That’s precisely what his old employer, Parrish Services does. So claiming he wasn’t in a “similar business” seems quite a stretch-much like asking what the meaning of “is” is.
Every election, we hear that so-and-so is a “new” Democrat. And every time, the “new Democrat” is just like the old Democrats. Why should we believe Mitchell’s promises to voters if he broke his promises to his employer?
“The dispute was settled under seal, and Mr. Mitchell has declined to answer questions about the charges despite emphasizing on the campaign trail his record as a business owner,” said the Times.
But voters want the truth. If the Democrats’ candidate is untrustworthy–if he breaks his promises–then we deserve to know. Mitchell had the court seal the record, so he can ask the Judge to open it for voters to see. Why won’t he do so?
Good idea. Let’s give voters all the facts and let them decide. If Mitchell won’t do this, we really can’t conclude anything other than that Shawn Mitchell is a thieving dirty-dealer and entirely unfit for office.
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