It isn’t every day I get reports of campaign operatives giving dark warnings to people about how the candidate they’re not supporting is going to get utterly demolished by negative opposition research, but who then immediately turn around and say that the candidate they are supporting is going to offer them a patronage job after they win. But then it isn’t every day that I’m getting phone calls relating what Steve Botello is telling them.
Corey Stewart is all in a tizzy that he might not be able to use a primary election for his re-nomination, to the point he’s saying all sorts of utterly ridiculous things to the Washington Post, and trashing the Republicans he is asking to vote for him. You’d think this guy never faced a convention before in his life.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting a response from PWC Chairman Corey Stewart regarding the revelations about his endorsed candidate’s shocking antics. Does Corey think that threatening the children of combat-wounded veterans represents his kind of politics? Is he proud to show up at events wearing Steve Chapman’s lapel sticker knowing that Chapman cheated on his pregnant wife with someone else’s wife? Or is he just a fan of candidates rapping about drug use and calling people niggers? I bet a lot of people would like to know the answers to these questions.
So here’s the response I’ve gotten:
If you ever had any doubt about the veracity of the story about Woodbridge Supervisor candidate Steve Chapman cheating on his wife in order to have an affair with someone else’s wife, this should remove every last bit of it. Not many campaigns in my memory ever seem to involve something called an “Affidavit of Adultery.”
Yet Steve Chapman says you can trust him with your vote. Right.
I’ve provided a pretty high-resolution image of this document, entirely suitable for printing out and distributing at any public events Steve Chapman will be campaigning at, just in case anyone is interested in doing such a thing.
Answer below the fold…
Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan can’t be bothered to actually support Republican candidates in Prince William County, but she can be bothered to participate on the host committee for a fundraiser for Bill Howell that’s being organized by a convicted felon. If you’re tired of this never-ending embarrassment from her and live in that district, would you please consider running against her this cycle?
I especially appreciate the lyrics about being a high school dropout, since this was a question during his last campaign that involved a considerable amount of discussion. (more…)
If you ever wanted to run for office and have PWC Chairman Corey Stewart be the first one in the room to put on your lapel sticker as an endorsement, here’s a list of the things you might want to consider doing in order to win that coveted prize:
There are people who do incredibly stupid things. Then there are people that do incredibly stupid things and immediately decide to run for public office, apparently figuring that nobody would ever bother to follow the still-warm trail of breadcrumbs back to their stupidity. Fortunately there are other people out there who as a public service do their best to make sure the stupids are kept as far away from the levers of political power as possible. I’m one of them.
And here’s some of the rest of the story about ISIS radicals in our schools, and how they’ve been mismanaging the threat, from one of our readers:
The student recruited a former student of OP, someone who graduated last year and who is now in Syria. Well, I guess now we know why the FBI was crawling all over Osbourn Park questioning students and staff in January. Why would they take the risk of charging a minor, and the hassle of making the case for charging him as an adult, when they would surely prefer to wait until he turned 18? The only explanation is that the charges and evidence against him must be very serious and very strong.
In what may be the most brilliant political move in local political history, it appears that PWCGOP Chairman Bill Card somehow neglected to file the requests on behalf of incumbent local elected officials for primaries to decide who the nominees will be in those races. With the filing deadline for primary elections having passed, as it stands now there will be no local republican primaries in the county.
When Republican elected officials try to tell you they’re all about conservative fiscal governance, make sure you remind them of what happened in Richmond today.
Today the conference report was released on the amendments to the biennial budget, and lo and behold, the conference report between the Republican controlled Senate of Virginia and the Republican House of Delegates managed to increase state spending far more than either body had initially envisioned. The compromise additional spending of $750 million beyond last year’s budget and represents a $6.8 million increase over what the Senate proposed, and a $264 million increase over what the House of Delegates passed. Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget amendments ‘only’ totaled $684 million, the “Republican” legislature increases this to $750 million and calls it a “cut.” Yet this is somehow this is “responsible.”
When Brian Schoeneman decided to carpet-bag up to Sully District in order to run for the Fairfax Board of Supervisors (a plan Democrats were apparently in the know about in August of 2014) it presented an interesting test: can a blogger credibly run for public office? Would the volume of public blog postings and comments prove themselves to be an insurmountable treasure-trove of negative opposition research that would preclude a candidacy?
At least in this case, saying it’s a “test” massively understates what has become a public “trial.” (more…)
As PWCS puts out their list of important programs that might face cuts in order to balance Dr. Walt’s ridiculously $17 million unbalanced budget, some folks out there probably aren’t going to overlook a few of the utterly ridiculous “strategic programs” that we’re in danger of having to cut. Like these two:
|40||Strategic Programs||Financial Services||Budget Award Application||Government Finance Officers Association award application||National recognition for excellence in the preparation and issuance of the School Board budget||-||$690|
|41||Strategic Programs||Financial Services||Budget Award Application||Association of School Business Officials award application||National recognition for excellence in the preparation and issuance of the School Board budget||-||$1,160|
For twenty-seven years we have been forking over taxpayer money in the county to buy fake awards from these criminal enterprises, and now these expenditures are “strategic programs” that we *gasp* might have to go without? Oh, the horror!
Why in the hell weren’t these cut from the proposed budget before PWCS invited us to bitterly subject them to unending ridicule for trying to tell us that buying fake awards from sham organizations was a “strategic program” that was essential to providing a “world class education?” If they’re hoping for us to take them seriously ever again, it’s not going to happen with stupid crap like this on lists of essential “strategic programs.”
Any why aren’t the millions of dollars we make in payments to Pearson Education, The International Baccalaureate Organization and other shady outfits not included on this list?
Here’s a more serious point of budget discussion: how much would we save if we fired each and every fool at the Taj Mahal (Kelley “Leadership” Building) and used the facility as classroom space instead of building Captain Nemo High School?
The General Assembly has a long history of funneling money to non-state entities in direct violation of Section Article IV Section 16 of the Virginia Constitution. For years members of the General Assembly brazenly proposed bills to unlawfully appropriate taxpayer money until an opinion of the Attorney General in 20111 pointed out this was legally indefensible. Of course, the allure of buying votes with taxpayer money is hard for those with potentially situational morals to withstand, so a different avenue for unlawful diversions of public money had to be used.
It’s called “the budget.”
The story of what happened at RPV that lead to their current financial situation and the firing of Executive Director Sean Kenney is a particularly difficult one. As I’ve dug into RPV’s financial disclosures and sought out narratives that might explain how events unfolded, I’ve been confronted with conflicting accounts and stories that don’t seem to entirely match up to the data that’s available. There are probably several mutually-exclusive versions of what happened, which isn’t really that surprising considering the personalities involved, but amidst that confusion a couple of consistent themes have developed, ones that we can learn a lot from going forward.
Seriously, this guy is running for office and posting this on facebook?
Heaven help us all.
Everyone residing the in the Coles District should read this post. Then they should get out their checkbook, an envelope and a stamp.
Funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has of late been turned into political chip in a high stakes poker game. And it’s all because the President has strained the bounds of his legal authority to protect from deportation millions of people unlawfully present in this country. These people, who otherwise would be sent back to their native land, are being rewarded with asylum and residency after breaking the rules to enter America. After many legal scholars questioned Obama’s use of executive power to defer deportations, a federal judge in Texas this week ruled against Obama’s executive action.
UPDATES: WashPo says RPV Executive Director Sean Kenney is out. RPV’s federal account has $252 cash on-hand and $217,499 in debts. In January, the gap widened by another $11,086, worsening the situation just as RPV sent out mailers for Bill Howell’s primary campaign. The state account shows $47,147 on-hand at year’s end, not enough to cover the shortfall. Heads are rolling.
If you ever wondered whether being RPV Chairman is an honor or a penance, on Monday you’re going to get another example of how it’s the latter. Although folks in the know are being awfully tight-lipped right now, on Monday an announcement is expected that will involve some sort of less-than-helpful behavior with significant financial impacts on RPV’s finances that may degrade at least in the short-term the ability of RPV to adequately fulfill it’s mission. Immediate staffing changes are expected as a result.
As tough as this is going to be for John Whitbeck to navigate a way forward from whatever this is, it’s fortunate that he’s at the helm. There aren’t many out there more capable than him.
Stay tuned for updates below the fold…