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Nobles and Knaves

By Greg L | 7 June 2012 | Loudoun County, Prince William County | 8 Comments

In honor of the great work done by a fellow blogger at Sheriff of Nottingham the past couple of weeks, I though it might be a good time to give a shout-out to the elected officials who are doing a great job for their constituents lately as well as those who are falling quite short of the mark.  With some pretty dramatic shifts looming on the near political horizon that we’ll all be talking about soon, it’s always a good thing to keep a concise scorecard handy.

First, let’s start out with some Nobles.

Janet Clarke.  If anyone has demonstrated a consistently sane fiscal approach to development issues lately, it’s been this outstanding rookie member of the Loudoun Board of County Supervisors.  Her simple approach on anything is to first ask whether it’s affordable, well before any discussion of costs and benefits is raised.  What a novel idea.  No, it’s not novel actually, it’s simply what taxpayers always have to do before considering any capital outlay, but something a shocking number of elected officials never bother to figure out until after it comes time to pay for things.  For injecting a woefully missing, but utterly critical element to the discussion of the billion-dollar-a-mile phase II expansion of metro into Loudoun County, right when that element is vitally important, Janet Clarke is truly noble.

Scott Lingamfelter.  Scott could have simply sat on his hands during the controversy over discretionary slush funds in Prince William County, since it wasn’t something really on the radar of the House of Delegates.  No one was expecting him to weigh in on this, but he stood up for the taxpayers when only one other elected official was willing to stick his neck out and in doing so heavily tipped the scales on whether this abuse would stand or fall.  Publicly chiding the other elected officials within the jurisdiction you serve is politically risky, as they can make your life rather difficult.  Instead of standing for the establishment, Scott took the risk and demanded these slush funds be abolished.  This is a very noble act, and one voters shouldn’t soon forget.

Peter Candland.  No surprise here, but the rookie who has been consistently (and almost always, solely) standing up for principle even if it means ruffling feathers on the Board of Supervisors deserves every bit of the blossoming enthusiasm from his constituents for his dedicated service that grows each time the Board of County Supervisors does one more petty, stupid, uncalled-for, and thoroughly irresponsible thing to personally punish him in any way possible for pointing out how they are failing the taxpayers.  So far Candland has been unwavering in his dedication to principle and his constituents hope and expect this is only the beginning of what is looking to be one of the noblest beginnings of a political career I’ve ever seen.

Of course no list would be complete without the knaves.

A majority of the The Prince William County Board of Supervisors.  Specifically, John Jenkins, Maureen Caddigan, Marty Nohe, Frank Principi, Wally Covington and yes, Chairman Corey Stewart.  In an attempt to punish noble Peter Candland for shaming them into eliminating discretionary political slush funds, these knaves voted for a thoroughly rushed, ill thought-out and ultimately ridiculous “ethics” policy that tried to narrowly target Pete Candland and the Gainesville District instead of congratulating him on his ethical leadership.  This political payback addressed not a single issue that has ever concerned anyone.  Such punishment for not playing political ball was a hallmark of the reign of Sean Connaughton, and some of these knaves bitterly complained about such behavior back then.  Now they have morphed ever closer into the very kind of political hacks they were supposed to be an alternative to.  Supervisor Mike May is, for the time being, kept off this list since it seems he’s being kept on the outside of this cabal, but his failure to notice what was going on is pretty troubling and a smart guy like him should have figured out what was going on.  One more bone-headed display of knavish foolishness from this bunch and there’s going to be picketing at the McCoart Center during board meetings protesting their undeclared war on the Gainesville District.  This is absolutely unacceptable.

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  1. Robert L. Duecaster said on 7 Jun 2012 at 3:14 pm:
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    Picketing? How 20th century! I see a tax revolt in the future.

  2. FreedomGal said on 7 Jun 2012 at 3:16 pm:
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    Wait. I don’t get it. Passing those amendments that make government more transparent and efficient was a ploy against Candland? If he has those things going on in his office, isn’t this is a good thing that Jenkins presented these? Your Golden Boy may not be so golden… hiring political consultants as a county staffer when he is CURRENTLY consulting Joe the Plumber, using political website vendors for his COUNTY website?

    Come on, people. These are common sense amendments that really did not need much discussion… Peter acts like these are all to get back at him, but isn’t this good for the county?

  3. Greg L said on 7 Jun 2012 at 6:55 pm:
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    And just how, pray tell, do these provisions make government more “transparent” or “efficient?” Arguably, this imposes some tremendous inefficiencies and does nothing at all to inform the public about what their government is doing for, or to them.

  4. PugHenry said on 7 Jun 2012 at 7:56 pm:
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    Freedom Gal,

    This is a “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” moment. If this is so important and great (and I also believe it is in principle the right thing to do) why was it added to this amendment without prior review by staff or the other supervisors? Because it was NOT in fact meant to be transparent and efficient but rather as a vindictive gotcha moment targeted at 1 supervisor. Okay, he was successful and one-upped Candland. But Jenkins is probably playing with fire here.

    Candland had his gotcha moment last month when he sprung his motion on the board. But remember, Boss Stewart ensured it was delayed until the next meeting (I am sure he is regretting that decision now) which is what should have happened here. Not bothered about the new rule, rather bothered on how it was done and the motivation behind it. Really, did you think Jenkins rolled out of his bed that morning and decided that particular issue needed fixing without delay. Really, I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

  5. Anonymous said on 7 Jun 2012 at 8:04 pm:
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    It is hilarious to think that this board is going to try to out-moral Candland. If you’re going to try to do this fine, but if you’re picking on a mormon you’re utterly wasting your time. His faith says that not only his salvation, but the salvation of every family member living, dead, and not yet born depends on him living a moral life. I think mormonisom is kind of creepy, but find that devout mormons set a moral standard that is really super high. They cant compete with this and trying is just plain foolish.

    Also the other board members have histories and they are picking on the guy who has a clean slate. There isnt anything to attack him on. Why would the guys living in glass mansions throw rocks at someone who hasn’t even built a house yet.

    Lets see how many of them can take it when Candland says the drug and alcohol policy should stop people from having booze on government property. Jenkins and Stewart would probably have a heart attack.

  6. Chester said on 7 Jun 2012 at 8:05 pm:
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    The slush fund was Jenkins taxpayer funded slop trough. Jenkins was the big boar slopping at the trough for many years with no one with the guts to empty it. All of a sudden someone entered his sty and not only emptied the trough, they took the entire trough away. Hog Jenkins wasn’t going to roll over in the mud and manure that protected him for many years and simply grunt it off. It was payback time for Hog Jenkins. Albeit, he proved how much of a dunce he really is in all these pompous amendments he proposed that all the other BOCS piglets, except one, approved on the scare of Hog Jenkins.

  7. Anonymous said on 7 Jun 2012 at 9:13 pm:
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    The word-print makes clear that Freedom Gal is actually a disgruntled ex-staffer of Candland, who–despite her previously touted dislike of Jenkins and his staff–is now pretending to be Easterly’s BFF in an attempt to exact revenge on Candland. She defends herself with the claim that these amendments were good for the County when the word is widely spread that she is out to get Candland for ousting her and using Easterly to do it. Very few people refer to Supervisor Candland as “Peter”; maybe she should get someone else to write her posts for her in the future. She is, after all, getting Jenkins to do her dirty work in the political arena.

  8. Padre said on 8 Jun 2012 at 6:25 am:
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    That”s what happens when some gossips try To Do The Right Thing. It looks like more than one person has been outted. Hand meet cookie jar.

    Jenkins” amndments were pure crap. He knows it and the denizens of Prince William know it. Someone stirred Ernestine up and Big John tried to get even.

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