“The County Preservation Redistricting Plan”
I received this email (provided below the fold) from two different sources a couple weeks ago and was holding it for the right time for release, which has arrived now with the public blow-up between the Millers and Mike Turner, LCDC Chairman. Since Turner seems to think that the Millers are LCRC spies, let me assure everyone that I did not recieve this from the Millers. Please remember, folks, no one has been more critical publicly of Stevens Miller than I have.
The email is about controvsery aurrounding now former LCDC Communications Chairman Ben Kelahan, he of Saint Consulting Group/HCA fame here in Loudoun County. There is some very interesting back story there that I may share at some point, but for now let’s focus on the “County Preservation redistricting plan” as Turner refers to the controversial passed redistricting plan that Turner takes credit for. Kelahan was instrumental in getting this passed, Turner says. How? Why? Preservation for who? Andrea McGimsey and Kely Burk and the fortunes of the LCDC apparently. Too bad that ticks off nearly everyone else in this county.
Lowell at Blue Virginia just put up a new post about the implosion of the LCDC. Miller not supporting this horrible plan has now opened up a huge rift in the LCDC that is set for DPVA intervention now. Turner has put together an ad hoc committee to expel Miller from the LCDC and rumors are swirling of a mass exodus of members and candidates. This will go down as the biggest political disaster in the history of already screwed up Loudoun County politics. The LCDC is dead as a functional effective organization for this election cycle.
From: Mike Turner [redacted]
Date: April 21, 2011 9:17:12 AM EDT
To: LCDC Exec [redacted]
Subject: Ben Kelahan
All: This past weekend, I very reluctantly asked Ben Kelahan for his resignation as Communications Chair. This was a very difficult if not outright painful decision for me, because it was largely driven by what I can only describe as gossip in a fancy wrapper. Never the less, in the interests of eliminating any unnecessary and distracting controversy before it had a chance to flourish, I asked Ben to take one for the team. To his considerable credit, he didn’t hesitate to step down.
However, Ben has a right to tell his side and respond to the rumors which were beginning to swirl about his business relationships. You should know that Ben disclosed all of his outside business ties to me well in advance of these rumors. It is also important to note that not a single LCDC member extended to Ben the simple courtesy of calling him directly to talk about their concerns.
There is a lesson here for the LCDC which I hope is not lost. Ben Kelahan (among several others) was instrumental in helping to pass and protect the County Preservation redistricting plan which we supported. He did yeoman’s work behind the scenes. As we leave the redistricting fight behind us and move forward into a difficult campaign season, we would do well to recognize, based on fact not rumor, who our friends are and who our enemies are.