If I were a particularly stupid communications director for a political campaign, something like this coming out of my mouth wouldn’t surprise a whole lot of people who know me:
Stewart was not in favor of releasing the names of anyone on the interview panel keeping with concern aired by county officials that if the names get out, those on the panel, and their decision, may be unduly influenced by friends and neighbors. (emphasis added)
A smart political operative, realizing they’ve just been backed into a wall because their candidate got caught in an utterly no-win situation of their own making, would probably make the smart decision and stick with the truth, which might look a whole lot like this:
Stewart acknowledged that keeping the membership of a government body secret was an oversight that might have made the Prince William County look a little bit like Stalinist Russia. Over the objections of staff members who felt that making the identities of those who serve in official government capacities actually public might make county government actually seem like a representative form of government instead of a science fiction horror movie, Stewart has decided to disclose that the selection panel is comprised of the equestrian police officers commonly referred to as “the horsey girls.” Since they don’t otherwise actually perform any useful public service, serving on this selection panel would make their personnel records look better.
I’d say Chairman Corey Stewart would be well served to fire someone who looks like a particularly stupid communications director and hire a smart political operative instead. That is unless, the comments were his own in which case it’s terribly difficult to offer any useful advice whatsoever. But seriously, what elected official would ever think that having people serving on government panels having talks with friends and neighbors would ever be problematic in any way? I’m certain this isn’t coming from Corey Stewart himself.
Absolutely certain. Right?
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