The Volpe Factor In The Loudoun Sheriff Race
I am not a fan of Suzanne Volpe. Everyone knows that, including Suzanne. This primarily has to do with the bogus call she wrote in 2007 for the Loudoun County Republican Convention. But no matter how I or others may feel about her, there can be no doubt that she and her backers have tremendous political clout in the LCRC.
So now we have a small group of jilted political consultants and insiders who are mighty peeved at Mike Chapman because he didn’t hire the right people and didn’t take others’ advice. Mind you, this is the guy that many of them said (until he didn’t hire and/or listen to them!) was the best candidate out there to beat Steve Simpson, which should be the only criteria used to select the Republican Sheriff candidate.
But these supposedly brilliant political insiders are really peeved at Chapman because he has not shunned Suzanne Volpe as they do. They talk about the secret special deal that Chapman supposedly made with Volpe (but hardly ever by name, they just whisper). Their petty personal biases get in the way of any common sense about the candidates and the campaigns they are running.
So, if you’re running for Sheriff in a crowded four person race, does it make any sense whatsoever to shun someone who has at least half the committee in the palm of her hand? Of course it doesn’t! But that’s what some of these people expect. It shows what rank amateurs these people are and how obssesed they are with the petty personal side of politics. While they obssess about the blogs and issue obtuse press releases, the Chapman campaign continues to do the real work needed to win this, both at the party level and in November. Chapman continues to lead and the rest of them continue to follow.