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Corey Fires Back

By Greg L | 18 July 2012 | Prince William County | 27 Comments

After a citizen raised the issue that the defunding of Catharpin Park was political payback for Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland’s introduction of a motion to eliminate Supervisor’s political slush funds, Corey took this opportunity to explain how the BOCS is trying to find opportunities to increase the youth recreational opportunities, especially on the eastern side of the county. It’s probably the first time Chairman Stewart has addressed the issue in a public forum, and certainly a rare opportunity to see Chairman Stewart exhibiting such passion about an issue.

Interesting. I hadn’t thought of the idea that adding some additional sports fields on the eastern side of the county would alleviate the capacity issues in the Gainesville District, but I suppose it’s possible. I look forward to seeing what the board comes up with. That solution should provide an opportunity for some rather interesting discussion…

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  1. Anonymous said on 19 Jul 2012 at 6:12 am:
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    That came across as pretty disrespectful to the citizen.

  2. freedom said on 19 Jul 2012 at 6:52 am:
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    Hmmmmm, “…disrespecful to the citizen”? Any citizen who chooses to waste the time of the board, the county staff, and those in citizens in attendance without so much as superficial investigation of fact, needs and deserves some “schooling.” Disrespect often begets disrespect; I suspect this was a meaningful lesson to future speakers. Good job, Corey!

  3. Real Disgusted said on 19 Jul 2012 at 12:47 pm:
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    What the hell is wrong with Corey? This guy wasn’t being mean at all, and then Corey rips into him like the guy insulted his mother?

    Corey is getting completely unhinged. I’m not sure I like the idea of trusting him to make good decisions.

  4. Loan Arranger said on 19 Jul 2012 at 3:00 pm:
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    I don’t think this should be called “Corey Fires Back”. Perhaps, “Corey’s rant back fires?”

  5. Anonymous said on 19 Jul 2012 at 3:10 pm:
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    Easy to lay into a guy who no longer has the microphone.
    Pretty whimpy. Your an elected official. Don’t like criticism? Choose a new career.

  6. Steve Rogers said on 19 Jul 2012 at 3:23 pm:
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    Freedom, it is called “Citizens’ Time” and he was making a plea for funding a county park.

  7. Classic Rock said on 19 Jul 2012 at 3:28 pm:
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    Hooray for Corey!!!! I thought what he said was great. He didn’t “disrespect” the citizen. He put him in his “place”. He shot down “it’s all about me and my kids” attitude of the citizen. It’s’ about time somebody on that Board spoke up like that. Additionally, I’m so sick of cry baby parents complaining about not having enough County fields for their children on the one hand, and on the other hand, complaining about higher taxes and budget cuts. The PWBOS has had to make some difficult decisions on the budget and is doing a great job under extreme circumstances. People should realize that. Go Corey, go, keep it up!!!!!

  8. PugHenry said on 19 Jul 2012 at 4:27 pm:
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    Oh Chairman - you doth protest too much. What was insulting is your emphasis that you are the one that cares the most for that park. Obviously, not as much as you care about putting an upstart new supervisor in his place. Unfortunately, as the speaker stated, the children suffer and should not be a part of the “BOCS punishment plan.”

  9. Anonymous said on 19 Jul 2012 at 4:30 pm:
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    I found Corey’s attack on a citizen inexcusable. Corey needs to remember who he works for. This man was polite the whole time. Corey said the park was not defunded because he and the rest of the gang wanted it in the budget. Well this sounds a lot like political double speak to me.

    If the park was funded the citizen would not have been discussing it.

    Corey’s recent move has him in an area with fewer ball parks, so of course he wants more parks near his kids.

    Can we afford these parks? I don’t think taxes should be raised to fund them. These are tough times for lots of folks and they will be getting tougher with the inflation and higher living expenses.

    Sorry guys, but I don’t really care about the ball parks, if it means my taxes will go up.

    I doubt that Corey will ever have my vote again.

  10. Badger said on 19 Jul 2012 at 5:13 pm:
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    If you can’t take criticism with grace, dignity and a smile you probably shouldn’t run for public office. In the past, Chairman Stewart was quite good at that. Something has changed.

    If you reach the point where you are in public office and just can’t take it any more, you probably should look for a new line of work quickly.

  11. Classic Rock said on 19 Jul 2012 at 5:19 pm:
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    Attack by Corey??? Why is OK for a citizen to verbally attack the PWCBOS budget decisions, but when the Chairman of the PWCBOS responds to the attack, it’s not OK? That’s what politicians do, respond to the voters concerns. More power to Corey for standing up for the Board, nobody else did.

  12. Jon Wong said on 19 Jul 2012 at 5:33 pm:
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    What the hell don’t the people on this blog…GET? GL subscribes to the political reality…”help your friends…punish your enemies”. This idea is expounded constantly on this blog. So…Candyland screws with the Board and then “expects” that he and his constituents aren’t going to suffer any consequences??? Yo..Dude quit whining like a little girl!!!!! You expect that your opponents aren’t going to punish you for screwing with their rice bowls??? BaHaHa I ain’t sayin it’s right….But you screw with people…They screw with you. It’s known as the Doctrine of Retortion!!!!

  13. Jon Wong said on 19 Jul 2012 at 5:39 pm:
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    Maybe Candyland’s constituents can send their kids to the East end of the county to play with the people of color?

  14. Jon Wong said on 19 Jul 2012 at 5:41 pm:
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    Candyland’s constituents might learn something!!!!

  15. Steve Rogers said on 19 Jul 2012 at 8:16 pm:
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    Here comes Classic Rock, the Caddigan mouthpiece again…

    I still wonder which supervisor Al Alborn was around when he did a screen cap on his phone of the FBI surveillance van wifi network…

  16. Classic Rock said on 20 Jul 2012 at 10:00 am:
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    I thank you for the compliment, but Maureen can speak for herself. But it looks like you can’t stop thinking about her …… after all, this story and the resulting comments are about Corey’s statement on the Gainsville Catharpin Park, and not anything about Maureen.

    Have a nice day.

  17. Anonymous said on 20 Jul 2012 at 9:32 pm:
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    Mr. Wong, or maybe that should be Mr. Wrong.. How in the hell is this a racial issue. THe Western end of the County is pretty darn diverse. At Stonewall High School the white kids are an extreme minority.


  18. Badger said on 20 Jul 2012 at 9:39 pm:
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    I see Mr. Wong has posted a couple of times. Everyone knows two Wongs don’t make a right.

  19. Anonymous said on 21 Jul 2012 at 8:01 pm:
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    I am not Corey fan, but as someone who has done the research, he is right. The majority of school aged children are on the eastern end of the county, the majority of fields are on the west end. Do the math and you will see that it is not equal. Part of the problem is that a number of sports groups, that will remain nameless, feel that some of the available fields available are not up to their standards. If you don’t have all the fancy turf, they will not use them (i.e. Ben Lomand and Nokesville). There were close to 50 available fields for soccer west of Minneville Rd., and 18 east of that road. This is not counting those planned for Catharpin and Rollins Ford.

  20. Anonymous said on 21 Jul 2012 at 9:56 pm:
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    Maybe if the County Supervisors hadn’t allowed all the land in the Eastern county to be turned into house lots, there would be room for some ball fields.

  21. TRD said on 22 Jul 2012 at 7:33 am:
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    Maybe Corey was testy because he figured out how much his monthly mortgage would be on his $800,000+ house….

    …and how does a county employed public servant afford an $800K house in the first place? I wonder…

  22. Maureen said on 22 Jul 2012 at 7:51 am:
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    He has a job on top of being a public servent.

    Corey should have handled this differently. I do not believe that elected officials should call anyone out when they are on the dais. He could have made his comments to the general public instead of directing his comments at Mr bergman.

    I’ve met Jeff and he did not deserve Corey’s outrage directed at him.

  23. es_la_ley said on 22 Jul 2012 at 7:41 pm:
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    Methinks if you’re called out by someone behind the dais, you should have a chance to rebut. The Chairman called the citizen’s comments “insulting”. The citizen should’ve had a chance to counter that.

  24. Logical Thinker said on 23 Jul 2012 at 8:51 pm:
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    At the end of the day, leaders are known for their ability to be cool, collected, focused, and yes respectul of the people they SERVE, not boss around. Corey should remember that, if he ever knew it.

  25. freedom said on 23 Jul 2012 at 9:33 pm:
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    Unfortunately, most who speak at “Citizens’ TIme” have “an axe to grind” of some sort…and the supervisors, for the most part’ listen and “take it..” Then, when this guy brought up “the politics of it,” referring to the unanimous BOCS support to Supv Candland’s amended resolution concerning discretionary spending, I’m sure that everyone on the board had had “just about enough”!! I imagine that Peter Candland was far more embarassed by his constituent’s railing than by anything else. :-) :-)

  26. Anonymous said on 23 Jul 2012 at 11:39 pm:
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    Freedom needs to check to see if she has even two brain cells to rub together. Supposedly she worked for Candland at or near the time the budget was passed, and if so, ought to be able to remember that it was the Candland’s vote on the budget that provoked the retaliatory defunding of Catharpin Park. Catharpin Park had nothing to do with discretionary funds; the Jenkins Amendments, as Freedom should be able to recall, comprised the retaliation for discretionary funds. Even without the mixed up facts, Freedom’s attempted defense of Corey is feeble at best.

  27. You Snooze, You Lose said on 24 Jul 2012 at 10:06 am:
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    The plot thickens…

    Get a load of last night’s Pr. Wm. Co. GOP meeting.


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