Howie Lind Abuses His Position To Help Out His BFF Michael Giere
I knew it wouldn’t take long for Howie Lind to get a big head and start doing all the things he accused Jim Rich of doing, like using his office to help out his preferred candidates at the expense of others. Tonight’s “debate” for Loudoun County Sheriff and Chairman of the BOS was something dreamed up by Howie a week or so ago, and he sent out announcements for it before even getting firm commitements from all of the stated participants. Even more unbelievably, he then sent out a reminder email AND did robocalls (how much did they cost???) listing the same participants even after being informed that neither Mike Chapman or Scott York would attend. That’s flat out false advertising and an absolute abuse of his position as 10th District Chairman.
So where does Michael Giere come into this? Giere is an odd member of RPV State Central Committee from the 8th CD. It is widely perceived that Lind and Giere are the best of buds. Here is a telling passage from the far far right Blue Ridge Forum blog after Lind’s election as King, oh sorry, I mean 10th District Chairman:
“Among the key Virginia figures in Lind’s brains trust are Jo-Ann Chase and former Reagan appointee Michael Giere. Activist Chase is a member of the state central committee from the 10th Congressional District, and former Reagan appointee Giere a member of the state central committee from the 8th Congressional District.”
And what is Giere’s connection to the debate tonight? Well, he’s a paid consultant to Ron Speakman, the fatally flawed tea bagger Sheriff candidate who is long on rhetoric and short on facts and real experience. According to Speakman’s last campaign finance report, Giere had been paid $1245 as of that report for “creative writing”. Yeah, I’ll say it’s “creative writing” with all the fiction that has been put forth by Speakman!
So – Howie sets up a short notice debate and tries to pressure the frontrunners to attend, they decline, then he lies to everyone that the debate is still on to try to gin up attendence, even resorting to robocalls, presumably paid for by the 10th District Committee. All for a big show and tell so Stockman and his buddy Giere’s client Speakman can rant and rave about how scared the other guys are of them (what baloney!). Absolutely positively pathetic. Has a formal complaint been filed with RPV yet???