The Conscience of the King, Act II: The Convention
“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”
The Conscience of the King, Act II: The Convention
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes”. MacBeth, Act IV, Scene I
Yesterday, we Howlets set the stage for what may well prove to be the greatest community (political) theater we’ve seen in years. Just to recap:
-Jerry Carman, Independent uber-conservative materializes out of the mist, and begins a shadow campaign.
-Doug Brown launches “A Bridge Too Far” (ABTF) and begins catapulting [Rhetorical and Theatrical license here] everything from “severed heads” to “diseased cattle” over the MGOP castle walls, and engages in verbal sword-play with GOP chairman Steve “By the Books”Thomas.
-Baroness Aveni, inadvertently exposes her husband’s support of the usurper, Jerry Carman. (Out, out damn spot!)
So let us now take you back to the convention held on January 28th, 2012. Before doing so, we need to say that neither of us is a member of either party’s “machinery”. Some of the “in’s and out’s” of convention politics are very difficult to decipher, and it took quite a bit of research to figure out just exactly what happened. That said, we feel pretty confident that our account is fairly accurate. The up side is that, we have the scenarios from so many sources.
The way a convention works is people sign up to be “delegates,” by filling out a form. My dog Stoney used to get one in the mail each year. Often those who want to run for office will get his or her supporters to fill out the convention form so they can go vote for that person. This form is returned by a specific date, and the MGOP checks the applicants to make sure they are eligible to vote in Manassas elections. That’s it. Anyone who is an eligible City of Manassas voter can attend, according to the laws of Virginia. Once all the forms are collected and checked, a list is compiled and given to each campaign.
It is also used to prepare all of the “stuff” the convention staff needs to run the convention. Important: Also included on the application is a pledge to support the nominees of the convention. This is very important, so we’ll say it again: Also included on the application is a pledge to support the nominees of the convention. By signing the application, the applicant is pledged to support the nominees in the general election, regardless of whether or not the candidate the delegate supported was successfully nominated. Rules are Rules.
Let me (Moon) throw in that I HATE this rule and it is the main reason I left party politics. However, I left because I didn’t like the rules. I didn’t ignore the rules or ask them to be bent for me. Apparently not everyone feels as I do.
Several Moonhowlings reporters attended the convention as delegates. Apparently, there was a minor brouhaha, regarding the eligibility of some attendees. Jackson Miller and Marc Aveni wanted to challenge these delegates or in convention-speak, have a “floor-fight”. Now these don’t normally happen in Manassas conventions, as far as we can tell. No, Manassas conventions are reportedly congenial affairs: get the people in, get them seated, listen to speeches, take a vote, count votes, announce winners. Yawn. Go home.
This time was different. One ‘howler-reporter observed a few delegates being approached and asked to sign another pledge. Jackson Miller was there, and Aveni was there also, as well as members of the MGOP, so we believe it was Miller and Aveni who brought the challenges. For whatever reason, there wasn’t a “floor-fight”.
On to the speeches…. Oh, wait. We almost forgot: Allsion Carman, wife of uber-conservative newbie INDEPENDENT candidate Jerry Carman was a delegate to the convention. We know this from the exchange MGOP Chair Steve Thomas had with the Baron Aveni, at ABTF. We wonder if Mrs. Carman’s eligibility was challenged. Clearly, she wouldn’t be supporting all of the GOP candidates in the general. But we digress. On to the speeches…again.
There were speeches. Lots and lots of speeches. Two for mayor, five for council, plus each had someone give a “nomination speech”. From accounts we’ve gathered, one speech that was surprising was that of Ian Lovejoy, another new face on the Manassas political scene. Uber-conservative in its tone, it was well-received by a segment of the convention. What was more surprising was his nomination speech was delivered by Dan Arnold, founder of the Manassas Tea Party and former VP of Help Save Manassas. Our guess is the Tea Party was there to support one candidate: Ian Lovejoy, who would appear to have planted his banner outside the tent of Baron Aveni.
Now, we must insert a flash-back here. In the weeks preceding the convention, Doug Brown at ABTF, as well as our old nemesis GregL, began a steady drum-beat against Mark Wolfe. Doug Brown also included Sheryl Bass in his attacks. The attacks on Mark Wolfe centered on his association with the Manassas Ballet. Those against Sheryl Bass centered on her previous service on the Manassas School Board, that bastion of liberal thinking. If there were two targets of the uber-right, Wolfe and Bass were it. But who was targeting them? Perhaps Baron Aveni didn’t like having Wolfe and Bass often vote against his uber-conservative agenda on council? Might the failed delegate challenge have been intended to weaken either of these two incumbents? Its really difficult to tell what ticks some folks off at others.
We return to the convention. So the speeches were finished, and the votes taken and counted, including those cast by Jackson Miller, the Baron & Baroness Aveni, Tea Party founder Dan Arnold, and the wife of independent Jerry Carman. We’re also pretty sure that Doug Brown’s vote may well have been in there too. The results were announced: Jon Way, Ian Lovejoy, and Mark Wolfe received the majority of votes. Eliminated were Sheryl Bass and newcomer Charles Patullo. Whether or not Sheryl Bass was their intended victim we cannot say. We would imagine that had their ‘druthers come to pass, they’d rather have done the Red Riding Hood thing and eliminated the big , bad Wolfe.
With the rightful nominees determined, the voters left the building. Many of them found a piece of paper under their windshield wipers. It was a Jerry Carman campaign flyer. Apparently, he was skulking around the convention, but we don’t think he attended or voted. None of our reporters saw him inside. Some think this shows a lack of class on the part of Jerry Carman. Others think typical politician. Jerry Carman could care less:
Sit back, enjoy a turkey leg and an ale and read it for yourselves. If you want refills, holler for the wench.
There are some interesting exchanges in Patch, including Steve Thomas unabashedly stumping for his Republicans and Jerry Carmen having conversation with some other dude.
Tomorrow, Act III: The Campaign