Howie Lind Rewards Cronies

By Loudoun Insider

What a surprise, Howie Lind gives awards to Mark Sell and Suzanne Volpe!  For supposedly helping Frank Wolf win re-election!  Hilarious!!!  Please, Frank Wolf never needed any help from the LCRC to win big yet again, especially against an unknown. 

And what an affront to a great leader like Glen Caroline to give this “leadership” crew similar awards for doing basically nothing.  Wolf won this of his own accord (as he always does) against a pitifully under-funded opponent.  Glen Caroline led a resurgence of the Loudoun GOP, turning the entire House of Delegates county delegation red from majority blue.  AND he did it after the Volpe-Protic-Sell team badly lost that delegation majority and the Board of Supervisors last time around.  There is absolutely no comparison to the accomplishments of this committee and the last LCRC.  None.


  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    You are now officially irrelevant. Sorry to see you go.
    The whole committee worked it’s ass off. Oh- that’s right— you didn’t see that because A. you weren’t anywhere to be seen and B. you quit and took yer toys home.

  • LI, Mullins didn’t give those awards to Sell and Volpe – Howie Lind did. The awards were given by the District Chairmen.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    That’s correct, the Committee Chair hands out these awards. Further, the LCRC received the Unit Award and Beddell won the Unit Chair Award. Do you want to complain about Beddell winning too? Mark accepted the award on behalf of the entire unit, it was a group effort and he was not singled out. Glen deserved his award last year and this takes nothing away from him.

    As for Suzanne’s Volunteer of the year award, the woman works untold hours during any campaign. I couldn’t do what she does and I won’t take anything away from her either.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    LL…..ditto. Suzanne and I don’t always jive. But to say she didn’t earn this award is utterly ridiculous. The woman knocks on more doors and calls more homes on behalf of candidates than anyone else on committee. If someone had outworked her and then not gotten their award – I’d be upset. But Suzanne DID win the award hands down.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    BPM, you are officially ireelevant and have clearly gone off the deep end if you are touting the greatness of Suzanne Volpe!!! Dear Lord is this even more hilarious than the post itself!!! Note to any future committee leaders – give this guy a made up non-existent title and he will defend you to the end! Go back to your own little piece of blog irrelevance. And boy is it disappointing to see people who say one thing in one crowd, then another for public consumption. At least I am fully consistent.

    These awards were talked about as if they were statewide awards. There is no way Loudoun was the best committee in this state. Again, Frank Wolf would have won this just as easy had the entire LCRC did nothing. Compare this committee to the one Glen Caroline led – no comparison whatsoever.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I do see that they were 10th District honors, not statewide, so I’ll cut Mullins a little slack, but of course the headline and the way its been presented to others is that these were statewide awards. And of course you can’t be surprised that Howie Lind would go this way.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    LI, Frank Wolf came to our meeting himself and talked about what a great job the committee members did, thanked us and was very gracious.

    Nobody is touting the greatness of anyone, merely defending an award given to a deserving volunteer. This is nothing personal, it is recognition – period. If you have some evidence that there another volunteer that worked harder and got shafted of an award – write a complaint. Why are you blowing a gasket over this?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Of course he would, and of course the committee was helpful, but my contention that Wolf would have still won easily minus the LCRC still rings true.

    And you know why I am blowing a gasket – I cannot stand this crew and will continue to be a pain in their side while too many of the rest of you, who don’t like them either, will acquiesce to all the lying and game playing that will be coming down the pike.

  • Question? Which unit, and volunteer in the 10th district would you rather have won the awards?

  • Matt Letourneau says:

    Okay, look.

    The Mullins endorsement of Dick Black is a separate issue and should be treated as such. Whether that’s appropriate is a legitimate subject to debate. My initial feelings are that the RPV chair should at least stay neutral in intra-party contests like this.

    On the subject of the awards, however, I’m with BPM on this. I agree–Frank Wolf would have won with or without the LCRC. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the committee did in fact actually do material things to help Frank Wolf, and the Wolf campaign itself came away very impressed with the amount of suppor they received. The Congressman himself said so at the meeting and his staff genuinely believes that–if you don’t believe me, ask him.

    I think it is REALLY important that we call a spade a spade. It dilutes credibility to do otherwise. When people do a good job, they deserve recognition. If that is not the case down the road or you object to what’s going on, then I’ll be the first one to think you should say that too. But nobody will be listening if you complain about everything.

    The fact is, Suzanne Volpe does work her tail off and has done so for years. Every single person on the committee who is active in any way knows it. And from what I’ve seen, that has been the case regardless of who was in charge of the committee.

    These awards were very clearly UNIT awards–it was never presented as otherwise at the meeting. I was never under the impression for even a second that these were statewide awards. Mark Sell specifically was not given an award, the entire committee was and since he’s the chairman he accepted it. Which is entirely appropriate.

    So…I agree with the others here. There may well be things to criticize down the road, I don’t know–but so far there hasn’t been. I agree, this past year was the easy part. This next year will be a lot more challenging. But it doesn’t do anyone any good to criticize legitimately good work that was done and some minor, deserved recognition for it.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    LI, Again, this has nothing to do with who “likes” anyone. It is a volunteer award. And again, no one is arguing whether Wolf was going to win despite the hard work of one volunteer or a thousand. Under this reasoning, no one should campaign for Wolf because it makes no difference if he wins by 1% or 35%.

    You do understand that we are a local political party, and we campaign for our candidates – right?

  • I think LI is unable to admit that those he strongly disagrees with can do good things. I’ve done a good bit of volunteer work in Loudoun from 2007-2009. I met Suzanne and Mark volunteering before having much of a clue about interparty issues. Very simply if there is an event, door knock, or phone bank, one or both of them is probably at it. Suzanne seemed to be doing as much as the Victory Staff in 2009.

    Sometimes it is good to pause and look at the people who have been working with you that you disagree with, and say Thank You.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    For posterity’s sake I am going to revise the post a bit, especially in light of the fact that they are 10th district awards and not statewide, but I still find this crew to be insular and repulsive and will continue to express my opinions.

  • Mark should put you incharge of LCRC’s volunteer appreciation 🙂

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    He would have to check with Suzanne first on that, Willie!

    I just put up a separate post bashing Pat Mullins for his Dick Black endorsement. Continue to bash me here on this issue and direct any Mullins comments above.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    “but I still find this crew to be insular and repulsive and will continue to express my opinions.”

    Please explain what this has to do with the awards to the Unit and Suzanne? Absolutely nothing. Your personal disdain for certain people and “crews” is clouding your judgement.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    My opinion, LL. Lind, Volpe, and Sell will be doing everything possible to run a bunch of far right wing idealogues next election. Anything to legitimize this crew is unacceptable in MY opinion. You are not going to change that opinion, and my judgement is fine.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    LI – I seem to remember you claiming this “crew” would not support and/or would primary Frank Wolf as well. Your predictions have fallen short so far.

  • G. Stone says:

    Here we go again letting the Politics of Personality get in the way of the facts.

    Matt L.’s comments are spot on. The committee including the Chairman and Suzanne Volpe worked very hard to get Frank Wolf elected. Both Mark and Suzanne stepped up and went beyond the call of duty to help me with my district due to some issues that took me away from focusing on the election. They pitched in and made my life easier when I had other pressing matters. This allowed me to stay engaged in the process. For this I am very grateful.

    “And you know why I am blowing a gasket – I cannot stand this crew and will continue to be a pain in their side while too many of the rest of you, who don’t like them either, will acquiesce to all the lying and game playing that will be coming down the pike.”

    It is called staying engaged, working through issues. Not allowing personality to trump philosophy. Not allowing preference of process to trump common goals and objectives. Not allowing internal struggles to overtake and distract from the one true mission that being defeating leftist, collectivist and liberal politicians and the damage they do our county, state and country. If everyone stopped working and quit every time there was a disagreement on policy or process,Loudoun County would resemble Prince Georges County, Virginia would resemble Massachusetts and America would look more like Belgium with a touch of France.

    Get back in the game and your eye on the prize.

  • LI, is there anything Howie, Mark, and Suzanne can do to show that they aren’t the nuts you think they are? I would think working hard for and with Frank would do the trick. Especially when supposedly they want to run him out of office as soon as possible, and weren’t going to work with him this cycle. We’re going to need everyone possible on board in Loudoun this coming year, and like it or not they are the duly elected leaders who will he overseeing the Republican efforts this coming year. Go ahead and disagree that is what democracy and the political process is all about. Disengaging seems sore loserish.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Someone was on here a while ago talking about how abortion was a litmus test for them, and they would never support a pro-choice Republican. For me, honesty, honor, and ethics is a litmus test for me, and I see a bunch of candidates coming down the pike that fail that test miserably in my opinion. I will not stay involved when I am expected to sign loyalty pledges that I will support these people should they win nominations. That’s my choice to make, and I could care less if any of you think that qualifies me as a sore loser. This is a much more honest approach than what many others still on the committee are now and will be making.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Well, before they ARE the candidates, why not do what they’re doing and work FOR the Rs you prefer?

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    There is nothing wrong with working against candidates you don’t like.

  • There is nothing hard to destroy instead of build… hmm… maybe…

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Eric, sooner or later there has to be some substance other than “He’s not X”.

    Witness our current state with Miller, McG. etc.

    And within the party (either officially as members, or not) it doesn’t do too much for working together after a choice has been made if people have been using live ammo indoors during the process.

    Granted, as a legendary Dem/VSS/VLF donor, the more live ammo the opposition uses on itself, the better for you, eh?

    Uniformly negative doesn’t play well WITHIN a group. Maybe that doesn’t resonate with you though, as a professional Eeyore of the left?

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    “Your personal disdain for certain people and “crews” is clouding your judgement.” And now that I’ve stepped back a few paces, I see it, too…LI doesn’t really understand politics and would rather bitch and whine, because frankly, it’s easier than moving people and actually beating the streets and telephones out here.

    Furthermore– You’ve NEVER seen me offer anything somewhere and contradict myself later at another juncture. I. unlike you, VALUE my word and my online validity. Now….you are starting to sound alot like LeeJ when you tout my blog’s following, which you know nothing about.

    Too Conservative has about 20 individuals who actively engage in comments…over and over and over. I have one or two over at the BPM. That’s about where the differences end. We both have around the same number of hits weekly, and from the same places, I might add.
    The ONLY difference we have in traffic is that there is a core group here that comments frequently. They act as your “cheering squad” in an otherwise ho-hum existance.
    By learning to work with in the party structure, my star is far from falling.
    I’m sure Malcolm Baldwin appreciates your endorsement for the Catoctin District. Why don’t you go on over and join the LCDC and run his campaign. You’ve already got the talking points nailed.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    BPM, you really are waaaay too full of yourself. And I absolutely understand the seamy side of politics and all other aspects – you’ve become a party hack.

    I’ve seen you offer something up and go back on it, more than once, and this topic is one of them. if Howie won you said you were going off the committee, yet you stuck around and will be climbing aboard the Dick Black Express soon enough. My online word and validity is just fine, except with party hacks.

    Do you really think your blogspot site and TC get the same amount of hits??? You are out of your mind. I guess your getting thwarted from joining a larger blog has you a bit more defensive than normal!

    You have no star in the party, “Vice-Chairman”.

    Malcolm Baldwin will do just fine with or without me, and I won’t be joining the LCDC at any point in my life. I guess you’ll be helping Geary Higgins or Robert Bruton line up their Greenvest – Pat McSweeney PAC money this election cycle – say hi to Pat and DPM for me. And a fine gentleman like Malcolm Baldwin doesn’t need talking points from anyone – the guy has way more class and intelligence than either of us.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    LI and BPM – Simmer down boys. This is not a war, it is a disagreement.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “Granted, as a legendary Dem/VSS/VLF donor, the more live ammo the opposition uses on itself, the better for you, eh?”

    Barb, if you go back to your “Eric” file (you obsessed little lady) you will see that I have donated as much to R candidates as D candidates – if not more. And nothing you have written has suggested why it is wrong for a person to work against someone they do not want to be elected. It is a perfectly valid position to hold – unfortunately many political decision are “lesser of two evils” or “anyone but him/her”. You regularly voice opposition to people you do not like in the politcal scene – but we are very used to your “do as I say…” arguments.

  • BlackOut says:

    BPM, if your blog has the same number of hits as TC which you claim…(BTW, how would you be able to make this statement without having access to TC metric data, which I don’t think you have)…and you say the only difference is the number of people commenting, then I’d say you’re not posting anything on your blog worth commenting on.

    Just sayin’, that’s sorta the point isn’t it. Saying something that people want to read, ponder, and comment on.

  • Richard Nance says:

    Suzanne Volpe is deserving of an award recognizing her long hours of hard work and for her mentoring of Loudoun GOP Chairman Sell.

    Her reputation for dishonesty and political gamesmanship should be irrelevant to this award from the 10th District Committee.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    When I don’t dance the way you’d want me to dance, I suppose you deem it to be “party hack”. To my mind, I’m working within the group to have access to those who actually run the party. I do not sit outside and throw empty rhetoric at them.
    Yes– once Howie was in, (and I did not support him in the convention) I started correspondence with the man, and wqatched as he did exactly what he said he’d do. What part of that do you have a problem with?? Oh…I get it– I didn’t throw my hands up, quit and let the cards fall where I couldn’t even see them.
    Dick Black is going to run , no matter what. I even went so far as to tell you in bold detail how to stop him. I was ignored then, and I’m being ignored now….because it’s just too hard to put your back into having to actually do something. It’s SO much easier to whine about the situation than to change it.

    That’s why I read your little bitch session like a jealous school girl who didn’t win — and remains bitter to the end over PERCEPTIONS that have no basis in truth.

  • Intriguing says:

    Richard Nance nails it.

    Monk, two things that don’t seem smart to me:

    First, you say, “The ONLY difference we have in traffic is that there is a core group here that comments frequently. They act as your “cheering squad” in an otherwise ho-hum existance.” Are the people who post here supposed to feel flattered that we all have a “ho-hum existance”?

    Second, for someone who is taking issue with TC’s popularity, you sure do post here……a lot.

  • Loudoun Watcher says:

    BPM, could you repeat here how you would have gotten rid of Dick Black’s candidacy? I don’t remember…

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Eric, I’d rather go to VPAP:

    Only ones publicly associated with you, and all Dem.

    Flog that crazy meme!

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Barb, I think that’s enough!

    BPM, give it a frigging rest. Anyone can join, not join, stay, or not stay according to their own beliefs, convictions, and time constraints. My complaints are all grounded in harsh reality and are not “empty rhetoric”. As always, I’m putting some uncomfortable truths out there that people would rather keep behind closed doors. It’s all subject to dissection and discussion here.

  • Tom Seeman says:

    Loudoun Insider, you went too far with this post. I second what Matt Letourneau, Greg Stone, and Monk said.

    And I’m the one who did the LCRC post. I put it up because Mark and Suzanne deserved the recognition.

  • BlackOut says:

    Tom, see Richard Nance’s comments. Mark and Suzanne deserve the recognition they got.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    That’s why you guys are part of the committee and I am not.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    Back to the original attempt at a post…. I communicate with Chairman Lind almost weekly, only if it’s a sentence thru e-mail. Howie HAS ALWAYS responded, even if briefly. I see him at numerous events, and speak to issues that may become concerns. He backed Frank Wolf, and proved it. We had a discussion about the appearance of seemingly backing one candidate to the exclusion of others in the race(s) — and Howie was in agreement that all candidates need the exact same announcement policy thru the 10th.
    I did not support Howie in the Convention, and I was especially leary of his intent. Rather than “leave” the party- I saw the bigger picture and remained on the committee. That point of my continued involvement has paid in large fruit. I’ve worked with a great many folks, and I’ve seen Howie continue to be impartial and impressive as the Chairman.

    So when some rogue blatherer defames Howie— I offer the following :::
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I told you what is off-limits. That’s acceptable.

    Once again you’re whipping out defamation like a liberal. Absolutely nothing defamatory in that post – my opinion.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    Loudoun Watcher — you’ll need to quickly go to the Zurn/Plowman endorsement thread and see my solution in the comments section near the end. LI has seen fit to delete the entry when I resonded to you here.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    BPM’s solution in a nutshell – wrassle up more hombres to the convention for your candidate. Is not goning to happen against the Black Brigade. Simple fact, born of much past experience. Your comment was deleted because you did not heed my earlier warning. This is especially funny coming from someone who does not even allow unmoderated comments on his own blog.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    Especially if you sit at home in your armchair monday-morning quarterbackin’ it!!
    And for your information- I don’t have the spam-filters that TC does…I do not put the time in behind a computer screen…I do face-to-face with the parties that you talk ABOUT. I talk TO them.
    And to date, the only person I’ve ever refused to post a comment from —was ONE occasion with LeeJ, where he used some unsavory language.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    I personally wrestled up 25 folks to vote for Candace. 19 of my folks showed….which puts my percentage pretty high. Jim Plowman had a yellow tablet filled with over 75 folks. We showed within 50 people on that Saturday Primary.
    I seem to remember that you brought only 3 or 4….and they were coming anyway when I talked to them!

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Everyone bows down before your greatness. When the two big headliners for the LCRC are going to be Dick Black and Eugene Delgaudio I want nothing to do with it. I talk to tons of people every day about this stuff, most of them people more towards the middle. The same people that simply refuse to get involved in the LCRC when it is run by the crew running it now. That’s a simple fact that you and I will never change. Too many Republican leaning voters in this county want nothing to do with these people, who prove themselves time and time again to be lying scheming manipulators. You’ve now gone off the deep end saying I should join the LCDC, exhibiting the same kind of you’re either with us 100% or against us mentality that turns so many centrists off to party politics. Brilliant political philosophy – you’ve bought in fully.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    You’re wrong. As usual. More proof that you have no clue about the actual workings of the LCRC metings or politics… and you pop off these ridiculous “look at me” moments that are actually insignificant in the real world of the LCRC.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Dear Lord, there’s nothing “look at me” about this at all. I know plenty about the workings of the LCRC, and believe me, BPM, you are nowhere near the real power center of that committee. We’ll see how this all works out when the LCRC candidate slate is decided. My prediction is that it is full of Black Brigaders.

  • G. Stone says:

    BPM’s solution in a nutshell – wrassle up more hombres to the convention for your candidate.

    That is the solution. It is a math thing. Now I don’t know if all your people have to be Hombres, regular voters also work well.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    LeeJ used unsavory language? That is weird.

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