Virginia and Prince William County watch: The BOCS has no clothes!
The Sheriff of Nottingham reports that today we might get a ruling on Pete Candland’s request for information on his 3 questions. An earlier report from Kipp Hanley at the News and Messenger on June 12 informed us:
In his letter to Horan, he asks three things: a formal opinion to the board stating that Jenkins’ additions regarding political consultants and vendors are not part of the county’s personnel policy and would be superseded by state code. He also asks that Collins’ termination process – which he states he began based on Horan’s previously issued opinion – be rescinded.
Finally, Candland states that if Horan doesn’t agree that Jenkins’ additions supersede state code, he would like to have a formal reason for her opinion and hints at a possible lawsuit for an “improper termination.” He also asks that she remove herself from any potential litigation given the fact that she “had determined they [amendments] were a legal action of the board.”
Unfortunately, the Sheriff reported that Supervisor Stewart and the county attorney who is back from leave (on a Wednesday?) have been trying to hammer out language to make the rocket docket amendments directed more towards Candland. As things now stand, the amendments are broad enough to leave most supervisors in the position of having to fire members on their staff. According to the Sheriff:
”Chairman Stewart and County Attorney Horan are aggressively torturing the language of the Jenkins’ amendments to make them fit the plan to extract a punishment to Candland without impacting any other Supervisor or their staff.”
Ouch! Supervisors, you are the laughing stock of the county. You have been had. The citizens are laughing at you and the employees are laughing at you. The Sheriff’s gift has been a drama that will continue as long as you all allow it to go on. Every new episode makes you all look smaller and pettier. The words that were said to me yesterday were “They sound like jealous bitches.” (referring to some of the BOCS)
I winced on your behalf.
It’s time to just admit that Jenkins was dead wrong and being a vindictive expletive. No one is still positive why he wanted to punish Candland. Did Candland not display the correct level of homage when he entered the Kingdom? Its time to just admit that Corey was dead wrong for pushing through that stupidity that aimed at Candland and Candland’s aid. Its time for all the supervisors to just admit that voting YES to the amended resolution was foolish. If something isn’t right, don’t vote for it. If you don’t understand something and its ramifications, don’t vote for it.
Right now, Pete Candland has enough political capital to take him to the Lt. Governor’s seat. People from the entire state are watching PWC try to find its ass with both hands. The only problem is, it is Corey who jockeys for the office of Lt. Governor, not Pete Candland. Corey’s political capital is rapidly circling the drain with every attempt he makes to save the unsavable.
Candland has become the new folk hero of the county because he stood up to the Powers That Be. 3 weeks ago the residents were ready to kick the new supervisor to the curb because he came out of the gate during the budget process making the Gainesville District, arguably one of the wealthiest in the county and the state, look like poor relations for whining about the tax rate.
He certainly redeemed himself on the discretionary fund issue last week and has become the darlng of the county once people realized that Candland was the victim of an unholy alliance between Jenkins and the bully pulpet, Chairman Stewart. Most people can forgive one screw up, howlever, and chalked the budget gaffe up to being a newbie, and now not only are the county residents cheering him on, but so are a lot of the employees. Why? Finally someone has the integrity to not only give lip service but to also do something about it.
Political vengence is ugly. One glance at what was on the rocket docket speaks to the entire intent of those amendments. Most politicians are a little more subtle and craftier than that when they want to punish someone and mete out some political gotcha. Stewart and Jenkins need to admit defeat. Repeal those amendments and let’s start over. Corey, your future political career very well might depend on it. No one wants a mean-spirited buffoon as a Lt. Governor. Mr. Jenkins, that was just ugly and made you look like a very small, nasty human being. Is that what you want as your legacy? You are better than that.