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By Greg L | 2 August 2012 | Prince William County | 7 Comments

I can certainly understand elected officials expressing frustration when they are confronted by citizen activists when those activists are pushing their government to do what those elected officials might be reluctant to do.  On a couple of occasions I quite likely was someone causing this kind of heartburn, and if in private a few elected officials felt the need to use some colorful language about what I wanted to do, or me personally, I don’t care.  We’re all human after all, and we’re all sinners.  It’s policy that counts, and I can forgive all else.

What concerns me most about the latest unsourced, unconfirmed, and potentially inaccurate rumors cropping up about Supervisor Candland’s latest effort at ethical reform on the Board of County Supervisors isn’t that the story sounds so spirited, and quite plausible, but that the policy position seems so incredibly idiotic.  Who in their right mind would continue to pursue a political vendetta against someone introducing ethical reforms that address issues the electorate has been at the very least grumbling about for many years?  Smart political sense, which you’d expect veteran elected officials would have in spades, would suggest that when someone does something that is popular, ethical, responsible and fiscally conservative you jump on the bandwagon, grab a share of credit, and use that in the next election.

Elected officials with poor political sense don’t tend to stay elected officials for very long.

The political calculus at play here is blindingly obvious.  On one side you have a freshman legislator focusing on good policy that has virtually unanimous support within the electorate and who is building up a reputation that’s going to pay enormous dividends for a long, long time.  On the other side you have most of the remainder of the Board of Supervisors fighting tooth and nail to protect such drastic political liabilities such as the chance to display conflicts of interest that allow them to funnel taxpayer money to a very small group of political allies.  The majority of the Board has already lost the first battle of this war, gotten politically wounded rather badly by trying to exact revenge after that loss, and is now setting the scene for a politically phyrric victory of absolutely epic proportions.  If the majority of the Board manages to kill Supervisor Candland’s initiative, that victory will provide fodder for the most devastating direct mail campaigns the county has ever seen.

In a way, it might be the best thing for the Board to collectively act like a group of political numbskulls and seal their fate this way.  Only a few of them are worth squat anyways, and having this policy cudgel to beat them with until the next election might be awfully helpful to get rid of folks like Caddigan, Nohe, Covington and Principi, who desperately need to find a different way to amuse themselves than find ways to ladle out favors to large developers, raise our taxes, and invent creative ways to divert taxpayer funds to their friends.  It’s not often we get a chance to see political miscreants inflict huge electoral disabilities on themselves like this.

So in the end, perhaps they should just do whatever they want. It could be a lot more entertaining, and quite a bit more productive for them to continue to act like idiots.  Go ahead, you fools. Make my day.

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  1. Just the Facts said on 3 Aug 2012 at 6:31 am:
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    Greg, here’s another one they should keep in mind.


  2. KimS said on 3 Aug 2012 at 9:23 am:
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    Perhaps they can do this stuff now and then play stupid later is because they were all just elected in 2012 with huge majorities, or ran unopposed, and have 3 more years before they face another election. People who follow the BOCS closely may remember what they’ve done and how hollow their promises are, but most of the citizens of this county will neither remember nor care.

    Elections have consequences.

  3. KimS said on 3 Aug 2012 at 9:24 am:
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    Just elected in November 2011, not November 2012

  4. Just the Facts said on 3 Aug 2012 at 9:52 am:
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    KimS - the incumbents benefit from massive campaign contributions from developers who like the status quo. These are in many cases the same people on the boards of the non-profits, Hylton Center, Wartime Museum, Rainbow Riding and other organizations that use taxpayer money for their personal indulgences. These special interests are willing to spend whatever is necessary to keep compliant supervisors on the Board. It will be a difficult task, but we’re going to have to oust them without the benefits of all of that money. Maybe we’ve reached a tipping point where the citizens and taxpayers of Prince William County won’t let this happen again in 2015.

    Pete’s ethics resolution is not in the agenda that I can find. Correct me if I’m wrong. Greg and the Sheriff were apparently correct.

  5. King Pyrrhus of Epirus said on 3 Aug 2012 at 10:27 am:
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    What you have written here, I thought I was reading it again over at American Thinker this morning

    Conservatives have a Secret

    “……. The entire Democratic Party, from the top down, now looks like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. The hatred of America is open. The desire to undo American constitutionalism is explicit. And this exposure will only accelerate in the coming months and years, as the left realizes ever more acutely that its days as an accepted political faction are numbered, and it is forced to take increasingly drastic and sudden measures to achieve its brutal aims before the clock runs out.

    The days lying ahead of America will often be treacherous and sad. They will require nerves of steel from those who would resist progressivism’s desperate last stand. It has become patently clear that the present Republican Party establishment is not up for this fight. Constitutional conservatives must do it themselves, using the GOP apparatus as just one tool. They must remain cool and workmanlike, rebuilding dams faster than the leftist waves can knock them down.

    This is the means to conservative victory. One cannot merely “go back” to a better time. Societal decay cannot simply be undone. One must allow — even encourage — the progressive degeneration to play itself out, fighting it at every turn until the leftists, seething with an increasingly open hatred of America, overplay their hand and self-destruct. Finally, thanks to steadfast conservative resistance, “progressivism” will be fully exposed for the empty, anti-human power lust that it truly is.

    Power-lust masked as “caring government” — the entitlement society — can still win support, unfortunately. By gradually forcing progressives out from behind the mask, however, conservatives can at last destroy the illusion that is leftism, leading not to a “reversal” or a “return,” but rather to renewal. This is conservatism’s well-kept secret — the secret hidden in its very nature: from a long series of hard-fought failures can come sudden victory. ”

    (end quote)

    The Paradox of failure that leads to victory, of drawing the enemy into a position of mortal weakness. Maybe they need to be encouraged to continue along thier slippery slope of the logical end.

  6. Just the Facts said on 3 Aug 2012 at 10:54 am:
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    Update: According to the Moonhowlers, who seem to be on top of this, two different versions of the August 7 Board agenda were posted. The first did not contain Pete’s resolution. They apparently pulled that one and replaced it with another version that does contain Pete’s resolution.

    The version I just saw on the County website does have the resolution. The version I saw earlier did not.

  7. anon said on 12 Aug 2012 at 2:15 pm:
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    PWC has a history of defeating hand picked political hacks who have major problems like Faisal Gill. Voters will support a democrat in one election if they find the Republican to be a problem and then elect a republican back into office in the next election.

    In fact supervisors could be very easy to pick off and defeat because their districts are so small compared to a state delegate race.

    All you have to do is walk a few precincts with the right flyers and you can change enough votes to make a difference.

    The only reason Faisal Gill won at the convention to get the GOP nomination was because the ballot box was stuffed very blatantly. More ballots than delegate at the convention. Pretty brazen. Many of those people are still involved today.

    Being a pwc supervisor is great part time job for many people. And relatively easy to win vs a higher level race.

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