Get Elected In Loudoun County, Travel The World

By Loudoun Insider

Scott York is in Germany and heading to Taiwan when he gets back and Janet Clarke is in Korea!  Good grief, is there any evidence at all that these trips produce anything?  And just to send Barbara Munsey into histrionics, Realloudoun has a good post up about it as well.


  • These trips may indeed be nothing but fluff, I have no idea. But my husband is in global trade, and I will say that sometimes the only way to advance the ball regarding international business is on the ground in another country, face to face.

  • BlackOut says:

    York has been making these types of trips for years. Can anyone point to results?

    First time I’ve heard of us sending a second out into the field. Has that happened before?

    Heard Delgaudio is lobbying for a trip to San Fran…target rich environment for his hate speech.

  • liz says:

    The Taipei thing is actually pretty awesome. But then, I’m kind of biased on that one.

  • Loudoun Outsider says:

    Are the taxpayers paying for these trips? Does anybody know?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    LO, at the link, it says that the Asian trips are paid by the host countries, and the No VA Regional Commission is doing the airfare.

    LI, whether you choose to characterize it as histrionic or hysterical, I’m actually a bit disappointed: you used to write your own snarky sendups of published news, instead of simply reprinting someone else’s.

    Well, suit yourself! lol

  • Wolverine says:

    I don’t see the problem with Clarke and the rest of that delegation going to South Korea. The National Assembly of South Korea finally approved the free trade agreement with the US in late November 2011, and there may well be some trade bennies to be mined for Virginia and LC under the new circumstances. I agree with Gretchen. In that business real face time can often be critical.

  • Loco says:

    Thank you for posting this. No results will come from this. Is not Letourneau taking a junket with York also?

  • Baron Rosedown says:

    I hope Clarke knows enough about the Korean culture. She could literally “dishonor” Loudoun during the business card ceremony.

  • Wolverine says:

    Clarke and her delegation will likely get plenty of how-to-do-it guidance, contact facilitation, and introductions from the US Embassy commercial officers. That’s one of the things we pay them for.

  • (grin) there is always the chance the delegation will be offered some sort of regional food that is less than savory to (even sophisticated) American tongues. My husband still talks about how proud everyone was to offer him the fish eyes…

    And let’s home that no matter what they eat, it doesn’t come back to haunt them decades later in their political careers! 😉

  • Wolverine says:

    Gretchen — Didn’t your husband get the fish lips to go along with that?!

  • If he did, he spared his wife by not mentioning it!

  • Stevens Miller says:

    There is no US embassy in Taiwan. (see

    Part of the motivation behind this whole thing is, I believe, to strengthen relations between Taiwan and those nations yet too timid (like the United States) to grant it full recognition as an independent state.

  • Baron Rosedown says:

    My family had two TDY deployments to Seoul & Busan, I can say that Korean food damn good. It’svery spicy, lots of garlic and has textures that are completely unfamiliar to the average American pallet. It’s the social etiquette that I am most concerned with;

    1 Even the more upscale eateries many still require shoe removal
    2. With nearly all Korean meals chops-stick are used and rubbing the wooded sticks together is highly disrespectful to the guest & establishment.
    3. It is “highly” frowned upon for women publicly drink, even if you are eating.
    4. Sitting at table (for a meal), the boss man sits first and at the head of the table – but never with his back to the door.

    5. Drinking etiquette. You never ever pour your own drink. In fact if you are a group you pour each others and the “oldest” member never pours.

    6. Gift giving. Korean could proves that they are often turned off by fancy or opulent gifts. A small fruit basket (especially one that included Watermelon, Catalope or Honey Dos) are highly prized and a fruit baskte is actually one of the hight & most honorable gift.

    I am confident the U.S. Embassey & “handlers” are able to communicate and prepare the Loudoun Delegation. But give the noticeable ballooning of Janet “Compromise” Clarke ego, my bet says she’ll pick up a “Doing Business Internationally for Dummies” book.

  • Elder Berry says:

    Lord preserve us if Janet is our face to the world.

  • Expense It Scott York says:

    Scott York doesn’t get $40,000 in reimbursed travel expenses for nothing! He expenses them to you! Check the expense reports he filed. Not only that, but you are paying for his sons, daughters and grandchildrens health care services too. As much as Scott York says that he hates OBAMACARE, check the record….he is taking advantage of the provisions more then anyone else employed by the County. His adult children in their mid-twenties, along with their children are all covered by the County Medical plan which YOU pay for.

  • David Dickinson says:

    An embarrassing waste of time and money and a ripe source of political fodder.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    IS Korea also lyme epicenter?

  • John Marsh says:

    Interesting. Will Clarke seek to impress her Korean hosts by describing our Supervisors’ long-term investment plans for world-class education and language enrichment for our young people, support for community cultural programs and the expansion of Metro?

    Will our Government Reform Commission recommend a set of “metrics” to determine the success of these visits?

  • ACTivist says:

    I see it now. It will be required to add Korean language instruction at all county schools.

  • enviroman says:

    Who pays for these things? I’ve heard of foreign junkets for congresspersons, but supervisors? Somewhat shocking from our fiscally conservative board – I guess fiscal conservatism is when you restrict other individuals compensation and perks, not your own!

  • Wolverine says:

    Good Lord. A trip paid for by someone else to see if we cannot start breaking into a newly opened Asian market. And what you get here is partisan hatred. As one of those embassy commercial officers many years ago, I can tell you for sure that there will always be someone else to take advantage of the opportunities you forego. Janet Clarke may not come back loaded with contracts, but you have to open the door before you can go in.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Wolverine, a lot of Republicans can’t stand Janet Clarke, including more than a few Supervisors.

  • Wolverine says:

    LI — I don’t have much truck with allowing personal dislikes to impede the real business at hand. I used to have a deep disdain for Jimmy Carter, but I worked as hard for him and with his people as I did for Ronald Reagan. I don’t know if this is actually the case; but, if there are any Repub sups out there who let a personal dislike of Clarke get in the way of business, then shame on their lack of professionalism.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I still think these trips are a waste of time and money. This should be more of a state level operation – I just don’t see localities making significant enough inroads to make this an effective use of time and money.

  • Liz Miller says:

    Like when the state paid one of Loudoun’s businesses to move to Fairfax?

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