Clarke Hogan is a “Piece of _____”
For calling Delegate Bob Marshall a (cover your eyes, children and weak of heart!) “piece of shit”. I’ve heard nothing but bad things about Hogan, a Delegate from South Boston (southern VA). People may disagree with Bob Marshall on issues, but he is one of the most honorable public servants I’ve seen, a true man of the people.
Bob Marshall has a bill with 99 co-sponsoring delegates honoring Thomas Vander Woude, a Vietnam veteran who tried to save his disabled son from drowning, and died in the effort. Hogan is the only Delegate not signed on, and he insulted Bob Marshall after a confrontation in the delegate lounge about this bill. Ward Armstrong has come out as the main impartial witness, much to his credit. There’s actually an online petition urging Hogan to sign on to this bill. Clarke Hogan has been bashed a good bit by NLS, with good reason, here and here for engaging in the worst kinds of Richmond power play deals. What a jerk Hogan is.
The story is covered in more detail here, and, speaking of poo, it also mentions a hare-brained proposal championed by Hogan to take $149 million from already appropriated water quality improvement funds for sewage plant upgrades to balance the budget, even though most of the money has already been promised to local jurisdictions. Purcellville is one of those jurisdictions that would have to come up with money from somewhere to meet the shortfall. Some delegates seem to think this idea is just fine since they are hoping to have the money replenished from Obama’s “stimulus” plan. This just goes to show you how full of poo some of these politicians are! Rail against Obama’s stimulus plan on one hand, then play games with committed appropriations while hoping for said stimulus on the other. We must do better with who we send to Richmond, from both parties.
UPDATE: Clark Hogan is an even bigger jerk than I thought – see this NLS post.