Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Parrish's primary campaign manager responds - UPDATED

Over on the Bacon's Rebellion blog, someone using the name AWCheney and claiming to have been Parrish's primary campaign manager has posted the following:

I was Harry Parrish's campaign manager during the primary and I can say, unequivocally, that the campaign had absolutely nothing to do with the charges against Chapman other than reporting them when they came to our attention! The information itself came from Ed Wilbourne, Michael's father (the "landlord"). I had, in fact, offered to resign from the campaign and report them myself but I was asked not to do so. The fact is, I had personal knowlege of other improprieties which I would have been happy to pass on to the investigators. For instance, I was asked to sign a BLANK petition for Chapman at a Republican County Committee meeting. It had no address, no jurisdiction, no information on it whatsoever, and it was questionable whether the person circulating it was even from the County, much less the District. Chapman and his dishonorable tactics and lies have managed to demean the entire political process, as well as the Republican Party, in Prince William County, and I can keep silent no longer. For the first time I, as a lifelong Republican and Conservative in the Commonwealth of Virginia, have felt ashamed to be a Republican or a Conservative! Chapman is guilty! The only thing that I can figure is that some sort of a deal was made to put this to rest...perhaps a guilty plea on the misdemeanor. Regardless, this is not justice and Steve Chapman is a disgrace to the Republican Party, Prince William County, and honest political activists everywhere!
Without passing judgment either way on the Chapman case here, let's parse this post, shall we? "the campaign had absolutely nothing to do with the charges against Chapman other than reporting them when they came to our attention!" I'd say that reporting the charges had a pivotal role in this, so "absolutely nothing" isn't a very accurate descriptive term. I guess since the campaign didn't hand down the indictments or write the newspaper articles, it wasn't a big deal what they did. "The information itself came from Ed Wilbourne, Michael's father (the "landlord")." And this information was given to the campaign rather than law enforcement officials by Wilbourne why? Could Wilbourne, with a political axe to grind against John Stirrup who defeated him for reelection as Gainesville Supervisor in 2003, have been looking to embarass Stirrup's endorsed candidate in this race? "I had, in fact, offered to resign from the campaign and report them myself but I was asked not to do so." So, who did the campaign manager offer her resignation to? In my experience, the only person above the manager is the candidate. Is this an admission that Parrish knew about this before the charges were filed or newspaper stories appeared? Given that there was no resignation and the charges were still reported, does this statement mean that this action was sanctioned by the campaign and the candidate? Doesn't this contradict what was in the Washington Post's May 4, 2005, article where Kenny Klinge said that he brought information to the Commonwealth's Attorneys Office without any prompting from Parrish? Or was that just Clintonian spin where Parrish knew about the charges, knew that one of his campaign staffers would be providing it to the C.A., but did not encourage the staffer to do so? This answer seems only to raise more questions. UPDATE: Mrs. Cheney provides additional responses here. As FOX News says, we report, you decide.

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