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The Dynamic Duo: Anna Lee And Jo-Ann Chase

By Greg L | 31 January 2012 | RPV | 31 Comments

“Why is this witch running for Chairman?” was the first thing that came to mind when I heard that Anna Lee was going to challenge John Whitbeck for Chairman of the 10th Congressional District.  The answer apparently is that she thinks she’s actually going to win because Jo-Ann Chase is supporting her.  A witch and a psycho.  What a team for the Republican Party.

Back in the not-too-distant days of Jim Rich playing Commissar of the 10th District, Anna Lee was one of his most loyal footsoldiers.  Need a vote on meeting minutes that contained false information?  Anna Lee was a reliable vote.  Want to prevent Heidi Stirrup’s efforts to advance conservatives in the 10th District?  Anna Lee was going to help.  These antics left conservatives with a foul taste in their mouth, and at the 2008 10th District Convention Republicans removed Anna Lee from the State Central, replacing her with Howie Lind, Kay Gunter, and Jo-Ann Chase.

Jo-Ann Chase won that election by directing a withering barrage of complaints at Anna Lee, mostly in private, about how Anna hated the grass roots, was nothing but a Jim Rich toadie, was a RINO moderate, and entirely without any sort of moral compass.  Anna Lee made her way back onto state central as a member of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women somehow, and it appears Chase and Lee have patched things up a bit during their time together.  Before, Anna Lee was the devil incarnate to Jo-Ann Chase.  Now she’s a saint.  Go figure.

So now Jo-Ann Chase, whose most recent claim to fame was smearing now-Delegate David Ramadan as a closet Sharia Law terrorist, is Anna Lee’s biggest cheerleader.  Not too surprisingly, Chase is mounting a negative campaign against Whitbeck, claiming that Whitbeck wants to replace the Constitution with Sharia Law.  If anyone ever doubted that Chase was mentally unstable, this has got to prove the case.  With Chase, there’s some sort of vast conspiracy afoot to make women in the 10th District wear burkhas with first David Ramadan, and now John Whitbeck are behind the whole thing.

About the only conspiracy that makes any sense in this context is the question of who is paying Chase to deliver this kiss of death to Anna Lee’s campaign for 10th District Chairman.  Seriously, if you wanted to utterly sink a campaign, you’d have either Jo-Ann Chase or Vermin Supreme spearhead it, and it would be worth a lot of campaign cash to make that happen.  An utterly mean and nasty candidate being pushed by a mentally unstable person whose unique talent in life is making friends into enemies.  No, it’s not the plot of a Harry Potter book, it’s the Republican 10th District.  We do drama.

After two years of adult leadership in the 10th District managed by Howie Lind I can’t imagine that handing the reins to Anna Lee and Jo-Ann Chase holds much allure for anyone, unless they yearn for those days when party conventions involved near riots such as in 2006.  It might have been amusing, but it sure as heck didn’t work very well.

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  1. Steve Thomas said on 31 Jan 2012 at 12:40 pm:
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    I can’t seem to get my head wrapped around this pairing. I remember the contentious relationship between these two, during the last 10th CD Chairman’s race. I received several bizzare phonecalls from Chase during that period. Odd. Just plain odd.

  2. Loudoun Insider said on 31 Jan 2012 at 1:49 pm:
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    Contrary to some self absorbed political operatives’ rantings, I am not a big fan of Anna Lee or Joanne Chase, but I’m not a fan of Whitbeck either and especially not of those who are pushing Whitbeck. They want to push this guy from political obscurity with no relevant party experience to nearly the top of the RPV hierarchy and a seat on the RPV Executive Committee.

    The biggest question is why did Howie Lind duck out so suddenly when he was telling people he was running again just a couple weeks ago. Then he announces he’s leaving and quickly endorses Whitbeck. Then we find out there are significant financial irregularities with the 10th District campaign finances, with no accounting of who is paying for and/or donating two campaign offices. Something is fishy with this whole timeline - sounds like the stick and possibly a carrot were used to push Lind aside for Whitbeck.

  3. Disgusted said on 31 Jan 2012 at 2:01 pm:
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    Oh, this is hilarious. I remember Jo-Ann Chase getting one of the local committee members all riled up about Tony supposedly cancelling a convention in order to stack the deck for Jim Rich. Complete hogwash, and it took weeks to set the record straight as this rumor ran around fueled by Chase’s constant harassment.

    So now Chase, who had nothing but trash talk a few years ago about Anna Lee, is jumping in bed with her. What a freak show. I better buy some Pfizer stock, pronto!

    So that what was going on with Anna Lee at the convention. Seems like she spent half her time there cozying up to Tom Whitmore. Must have been hard for Tom, who probably had to restrain himself mightily to tolerate that.

  4. The Bulletproof Monk said on 31 Jan 2012 at 4:11 pm:
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    Glad to see JoAnne’s new mouthpiece showed up and projected her latest rant for her.
    Looking into the whisper campaign, it appears there is no smoke and no fire….but that doesn’t stop them from their conjecture….because ….really….that appears to be all they have at the moment.
    And there’s still a month and some to put that to rest.

  5. Greg L said on 31 Jan 2012 at 5:35 pm:
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    Ed note: Off-topic infighting has been removed. Let’s stick with the issue at hand here, folks. Thanks.

  6. Loudoun Insider said on 31 Jan 2012 at 5:42 pm:
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    Good call, Greg, please notice who came in and started the BS by calling me JAC’s mouthpiece, which is ludicrous.

    Back on topic, Anna Lee will have a tough road to hoe here but I wouldn’t count her out yet. At a minimum, Whitbeck doesn’t deserve a free ride to this lofty party position.

  7. Anonymous said on 31 Jan 2012 at 6:38 pm:
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    Show up at her next event Greg. I WANT to see if she snaps your pic again. THAT was funny stuff.

  8. Lovettsville Lady said on 31 Jan 2012 at 10:41 pm:
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    It is not a surprised that Howie is not running again. It’s been known for weeks within the LCRC that he did not want to run again because of several family obligations, including daughter’s wedding. Howie has worked very hard for our republican candidates and devoted so much time to the party. He did not feel that he could continue to do the job well and take care of his family obligations.

    John Whitbeck ran in a primary for delegate and very narrowly lost to Randy Minchew. Since that run John has been a tireless worker for republican candidates in Loudoun county earning the respect of republicans, including Randy Minchew, and the entire board of supervisors. He worked his butt off to elect those 9 republicans to the board. His support is far and wide within the party, including Howie Lind, who has also worked tirelessly for our candidates. Those who are active in LCRC know there is no conspiracy, nothing the least bit nefarious. One strong and active leader, Howie Lind, is stepping down and endorsing another strong and active leader, John Whitbeck. There is no free ride. John has worked hard for the republican party, and he’s working hard to be our leader in the 10th district. That’s why he has so much support and so many endorsements.

  9. Lovettsville Lady said on 31 Jan 2012 at 10:48 pm:
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    There is NO conspiracy. I do wish those outside the party, and clueless, would stop trying to make up conspiracies where none exist. It just makes them look foolish and out of touch.

    Howie and John would be among the first to tell you that Chairman of the 10th district isn’t all that ”lofty” but is a lot of hard work and very time consuming. I invite those who think otherwise to join the party and run for an office within the party. It takes a lot of dedication to want to do these volunteer jobs for the party. That’s explains why so few do.

  10. Loudoun Insider said on 31 Jan 2012 at 11:09 pm:
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    And take the opinions of party hacks backing their friends with a grain of salt.

  11. Lovettsville Lady said on 31 Jan 2012 at 11:55 pm:
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    Yes, I have been a friend of Anna’s for many years but I am not backing her in this race for the simple reason that I don’t think she’s the right person for the job. The majority who know Anna would agree with me.

    Of course you are free to back her, and attend the convention to vote for her. Knock yourself out. Please.

  12. The Bulletproof Monk said on 1 Feb 2012 at 8:41 am:
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    Greg, it’s appreciated.
    And I’ll clear up that I’m no party hack. I have a very clear history of stepping out of line if they deviate from what I believe in. With age, that’s been tempered to work within the system to the extent that I can. I get better results than stepping outside and torching the building.

  13. Loudoun Lady said on 1 Feb 2012 at 9:21 am:
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    Anybody that has worked with John Whitbeck and knows his dedication to our candidates and party - realizes his potential and understands that he is the best person for this job. He has very broad support because he has taken the time to talk to, meet with and work with them all.

  14. Loudoun Insider said on 1 Feb 2012 at 9:23 am:
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    And all the BFFs of Whitbeck’s campaign manager show up to praise him and attack any doubters.

  15. Bill said on 1 Feb 2012 at 10:17 am:
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    As a past member of the 10th district when Jim Rich was chair and an opponent of Howie Lind when he ran for the chairman’s position, i would say that Howie did an exceptional job as Chairman. For the first time i received information on activities that were announced even when the chairman was not running for election. It is a lot of work to do the job correctly and to serve the memberships diverse views impartially. Howie has done the job well, we will miss his dedication. Jo Ann has certainly disappointed me in her activities for the last two years.

  16. The Bulletproof Monk said on 1 Feb 2012 at 12:49 pm:
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    This is whereI am, Bill. Howie did an amazing job…which is the biggest problem for Chase now. He came into power during the effort to defend Jeff Frederick…and votes were lacking in the 10th to support Frederick.
    So in the next Convention, and reeling from the results of the race against Jim Rich….they decided to unseat the Rich contingent on the SCC.
    They were successful, too.
    Lind, Chase and Gunter prevailed.
    Howie then ran for the Chair after Rich stepped down. Things were looking pretty damned good….

    Unfortunately, Howie went straight down the middle. Even-handed and exceptionally deploying a real leadership quality, instead of the hack and insider that he was supposed to play. This went over like a fart in a stiff wind in xome circles….and they sent snipers. What you’re witnessing right now is those snipers still nipping at his ankles.

  17. Loudoun Insider said on 1 Feb 2012 at 1:00 pm:
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    Lind did a better job than many expected. But that doesn’t explain why he apparently filled up his gas tank a few times fron the 10th coffers, and why we still don’t know who has been paying for the 10th district campaign offices in McLean and Leesburg. I thought he was going to bring transparency and accountability to the committee after the evil Jim Rich was deposed?

  18. FCRC Conservative said on 1 Feb 2012 at 1:10 pm:
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    Anna Lee for Chairman, eh?

    If she works REALLY hard, she MIGHT manage to match the percentages she obtained for any of her many clients who now litter the local political graveyard…

    And, yeah, I could be wrong, but I don’t think support from Jo-Ann Chase is going to help all that much…

  19. Lovettsville Lady said on 1 Feb 2012 at 2:40 pm:
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    Jo-Ann has responded to my piece in the comments here: http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/anna-lee-to-run-for-chairman-of-rpv-10th-district-committee/

    She’s not running Anna Lee’s campaign, although she doesn’t say that she supports her only that she does not support John Whitbeck. Jo-Ann says she’s only running her own campaign, we just don’t know for what.

  20. Lovettsville Lady said on 1 Feb 2012 at 2:42 pm:
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    Accusations here that Howie Lind has done something illegal with 10th district funds are disgusting and way over the line.

    [Ed note: comment edited.]

  21. Lovettsville Lady said on 1 Feb 2012 at 3:13 pm:
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    Does the 10th district pay expenses for volunteers like the Chair and SCC members to travel the district/state? I would hope so. Without that, many people couldn’t afford to volunteer for these positions.

    It’s very low to accuse our hard working republican volunteers of breaking the law. An excellent way to create enemies for life. Not that you would care, you’ve been doing that forever. It’s behavior that you, Jo-Ann, and Anna share.

  22. Loudoun Insider said on 1 Feb 2012 at 3:20 pm:
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    [Ed note: comment edited.]

    The proper way to reimburse for trips is mileage, not a tankful at the local Exxon. Most party volunteers don’t stoop to such levels to ask for mileage to go to a meeting. And we still don’t know who is paying for or donating the 10th District Committee offices. Not sure why they would want to hide it.

  23. Loudoun Insider said on 1 Feb 2012 at 4:04 pm:
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    If the 10th CD Committee is making use of office space it needs to either show how its paying for it, or show the donation as an in-kind contribution. The committee website touts its offices in McLean and Leesburg. Nothing is shown for this on the applicable SBE filings online. I am not just making it up.

  24. Loudoun Insider said on 1 Feb 2012 at 4:20 pm:
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    I thought maybe the expenses would be shown on the federal account, although that does not make sense since the offices were primarily if not completely used for supporting state and local races last year. For some reason they have not submitted or FEC didn’t post the Disbursement forms as they did for 2010 and earlier.


  25. Lovettsville Lady said on 1 Feb 2012 at 5:03 pm:
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    Just learned that Anna Lee is the source of the ”inside” information about Howie. She’s calling around Fairfax and Loudoun with this story that Howie is ‘’shifty” with the 10th district committee money and therefore people shouldn’t support John Whitbeck. Ridiculous. Howie has done nothing that is not authorized and completely within the rules of the party. He is allowed by the rules to have his gas covered when he’s doing our republican business around the state and the occasional lunch for political meetings. His expenses show nothing at all out of the ordinary. Anna’s peddling this silliness with the hopes of bolstering her own chances in the 10th. Of course only the fools believe her, those who never liked Howie and are dumb enough to believe the stories that Anna Lee peddles. I hope to have more on this non story later tonight on Virtucon.

  26. Loudoun Insider said on 1 Feb 2012 at 5:11 pm:
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    Anna Lee is absolutely not the source of my information, if only you know you would be shocked. And the only source that matters is the records themselves. Go check out all the meals paid for by committee funds as well.

    No matter what is spent or received as in-kind contributions, it must be reported. So far that is not the case in regard to the offices.

  27. Greg L said on 1 Feb 2012 at 9:24 pm:
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    Ed note: once again, I’m forced to put off-topic personal attacks into moderation. This isn’t the place for that kind of stuff. Let’s stick to the 10th District chairman’s race on this thread, please?

  28. Lovettsville Lady said on 1 Feb 2012 at 10:21 pm:
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    I am glad to see that Greg L. isn’t allowing the mud slinging here. Thank you.

  29. Lovettsville Lady said on 1 Feb 2012 at 10:41 pm:
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    [Ed note: Comment removed.]

  30. The Bulletproof Monk said on 2 Feb 2012 at 8:23 am:
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    Thanks again, Greg. Now, back to the matter of the discussion… I have enjoyed lots of “good” years with Anna Lee, and even sat outside of the vote tally back when Chase took her SCC job (With Howie and Kay that year)…so I feel for her sometimes. But this is kind of expected, if you really know her.

    Anna Lee is a good person…but could grind the paint off of a battleship if you cross her on the wrong day….which it appears was one of those days that you encountered her.

    I’ve even supported Rich in the past, and had arrived at the point where I liked Rich, but felt that maybe he’d become complacent in the post. I’ve been aligned with Anna Lee on the Chairman’s race, supporting Dave Schmidt in that competition. But when Lind won that race, I watched him as he actually went straight and true…and that impressed me. Unfortunately, it ticked Chase off. Remember those little disclaimers at the bottom of Howie’s communications? Those were added to pacify (cool the jets) of some of Jo-Anne’s more vocal supporters who objected to Ramadan’s name on those communications. Just when you think you’ve seen everything…here comes a JoAnne/Anna Lee tag team.

    But she’s wrong on this race. Whitbeck is the very kind of gracious fellow that we need …He was the first to send out an e-mail in support of Minchew after that primary, and that’s telling about the character of the man. He’s a team player, unlike those who attack him (all the while their elements were engaged in assaults on a republican nominee after the primary was over) and if Howie endorses John, I’d suppose that Howie figures John is the best candidate to further the Tenth District.

  31. Speckulator said on 8 Feb 2012 at 11:24 am:
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    Claiming mileage vs filling the tank –

    Isn’t it cheaper to fill the tank?

    The standard IRS mileage for 2011 was 51 cents per mile, and for 2012 it’s 55 cents.

    The average gas price in Leesburg is about $3.50 per gallon.

    Even rounding way up to $4.00 per gallon and assuming a gas guzzling 12 mpg vehicle, the cost to the 10th District Committee still would only come out to about 33 cents per mile.

    Paying a flat rate for mileage pays for the gas and also helps compensate for oil changes as well as wear and tear on the vehicle. Filling.

    To me it just seems cheaper to pay for the gas.

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