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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