Monday, September 12, 2005

SCANDAL in the 52nd !!!

Okay, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that the Prince William Education Association is backing challenger Hilda Barg for Delegate in the 52nd District. That's their (misguided) right to do so in this or any other case where they back a Democrat. What is NOT their right is to use taxpayer funded services to advance their political cause. As I have highlighted in the letter here, you can see that they request that responses be returned via U.S. Mail or through the Prince William County Schools courier system. Now, upon this letter being brought to the attention of county authorities, the PWEA was forced to send out the following postcard instructing people not to use the taxpayer funded courier system. My questions are: 1. What made the PWEA think that they could use a taxpayer funded service for their own partisan political purposes? It is apparent from the letter that PWEA President Megan Link and PW-PACE Co-Chairs Steve Blakely and Greg Williams signed off on this (literally). Did they check with their own counsel on this or request permission from any county authority first? 2. Has the PWEA engaged in other uses of the PWCS courier service or other taxpayer funded county services in the past or present to advance their endorsed candidates or other partisan agenda items? 3. Did the Barg campaign coordinate this effort with the PWEA to any extent? If not, were they aware of this effort and allowed it to go forward with the knowledge that taxpayer funded county services would be used to the benefit of the campaign? I call upon Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert to launch an investigation into the PWEA's use of taxpayer funded county services for partisan political purposes. I also ask that this investigation be expedited so that voters will know one way or another whether the Barg campaign played any role in this. The voters deserve to know whether the campaign should be cleared of any potential wrongdoing or not in advance of Election Day.

12 Comments:

At 9/12/2005 03:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ebert is too busy prosecuting Steve Chapman for neglecting to bring a pooper scooper w/ him when walking his dog.

 
At 9/12/2005 07:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you make the first .jpg better?

 
At 9/12/2005 09:33:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

The first .jpg will expand if you hover your cursor over it. A box should appear in the lower right corner that when you click on will expand it to full size. Windows browsers and some others shrink pictures to fit the screen, but will allow you to expand them to normal size. If you are refering the the quality of it when it is full-sized, there is nothing more I can do since that is the quality of the original.

I think that Ebert is in a pickle here. If he goes after Chapman on the voter registration and dog issues, but doesn't investigate the PWEA and Barg for potential misuse of taxpayer-funded county services, it makes what he did to Chapman look like a partisan witch hunt and that he is covering up for the PWEA and Barg.

 
At 9/13/2005 08:12:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

This could actually help Barg. While agree that the PWEA was totally out-of-bounds in asking teachers to respond via the courier service, I don't think the issue will gain much traction with voters. At this point, we don't know what, if anything, Hilda knew about this. And, as we all know, the PWEA has a mind of its own.

However, if this "scandal" raises awareness within the teaching community regarding the upcoming election and motivates more to assist Hilda than would have otherwise, that isn't a good thing for Jeff. Sometimes it pays to pick the right battles instead of just fighting them all.

 
At 9/13/2005 09:50:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

I'll repeat what I said below about Fairfax: This is SOP for Dems and other big government types (including some "Repubmocrats"). Ten years ago, these venues were used in PWC to promote a "meals tax" referendum purportedly guaranteed to school spending. It's sleazy, and we should denounce it as such.

Don't bet that Ebert will interest himself in this, for many reasons, including the fact that it's probably not be illegal --- just sleazy.

As for Mitch's comment, the practice strikes me as one which should offend "good government" types, i.e., those who don't believe that taxpayer resources should be used to indoctrinate or advance a particular ideological viewpoint. Those who don't know, that is, that this is the business the government schools already are in. On balance the tactical question become whether it will motivate more of those types than it will supporters of Hilda.

 
At 9/13/2005 10:12:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

James:

I agree completely. The big question will be whether the word gets out to enough Jeff supporters and/or independents to help him in November. If it doesn't create a stir, and does motivate PWEA supporters, it could backfire.

 
At 9/13/2005 11:05:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

My take is that many PWEA members don't give a fig about things like this that they receive in the mail and are soon found in the circular file. You'd be suprised at how many teachers within the 52nd are GOPers. If anything, the follow-up postcard that they sent out highlights the fact that they were looking to use a taxpayer funded service and got caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

 
At 9/13/2005 11:37:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

I'D be surprised!?!?! Jim, I assume that this comment was directed to the general reader, lest you have forgotten from whence I earn the money to pay the bills.

 
At 9/13/2005 02:36:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

I'm only commenting on the elementary teachers and administrators within the 52nd district and I know quite a few of them. I know that it is unique compared to what you must deal with, Jim. Let's just say that there is a waiting line for the GOP TCHR license plate in the district.

 
At 11/04/2005 10:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you send this document to the Washington post, I work there and I'm sure they are going very interested in this.

 
At 11/04/2005 10:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the real Jeff Frederick!
If you want to make a research with documents and publications this is the place. This is where the real candidates can be separate from dumbs.

 
At 12/10/2005 12:36:00 PM, Anonymous Lacy Pangrazio said...

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