Fun With The Black Brigade

By Lloyd the Idiot

Dick Black’s higher visibility, particularly in handing out and collecting endorsements, has not translated into cash for either him or his endorsed candidates.  The most recent campaign finance reports show Black’s opponent, Prince William County Supervisor John Stirrup, outraised Mr. Black handily this year and has 30% more cash on hand.  Stirrup has $81,000 in the bank, having raised $75,000 this year.  Black, on the other hand, has about $60,000 on hand and has raised $51,000. 

 Things are going even worse for those candidates whom Black has endorsed.  In the two northern Virginia House of Delegate races where he has endorsed a Republican candidate, Black’s candidate lags behind in fundraising.  Woefully behind. 

*  In the 10th House of Delegate race, Black-endorsed John Whitbeck with $31,000 on hand is simply getting creamed by Randy Minchew with his $111,000 (one of the GA fundraising leaders, by the way).

*  In the 87th House of Delegates race, Jo-Ann Chase has a meager $15,000 on hand compared to David Ramadan’s $60,000.

Of course, there could be many reasons for these differences, but the fact is that the Black endorsement is not translating into money for his candidates, and could very well be bringing them down.  All in all, it’s looking like August will be black for the Black Brigade.

Cue the cacophony of radical Black supporters.


Comments

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I realize a lot has changed, Eric, because I’ve lived in the area all of my life, and was born in Georgetown hospital. I think there will continue to be change. “The rest of Loudoun” has the current zoning of AR 1 and 2. Its commercial options are thus limited.

    Eric, given that interpretation of policy is always present, unless a use is specifically not permitted by name, a CPAM is not always required. As I said, choosing to administer the area as if it is exclusively rural when it is not designed to be in policy does it, and the county, no favors. Case in point: the Lenah schools were plan-compliant, if one reads the general use chapter for the planning area. However, some chose to interpret one portion of a subarea rural village option to say that they were not. Those individuals were wrong, but were perfectly capable in quoting a section out of context to mistakenly apply to the whole.

  • johnf says:

    John Whitbeck has taken money from companies that he is responsible for in his position on the HOA:

    $250 Wilbert Washington Reston
    $1,000 Con-Serv Industries Inc Sterling

    Both of these are vendors to Lansdowne. Wilbert Washington is our attorney and CSI is our trash service. It is highly unethical to receive contributions from organizations for which you have direct influence on whether they continue as vendors or to what degree they are used.

  • Is Whitbeck still on the HOA board? I figured he would have resigned to have more time to run.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    p.s. to eb: I forgot that internet/tv/broadband providers are developers too, for some folks: here is Eric from coast to coast–
    at brambletonian, where he joined to advise them on being in Blue Ridge even though he’s in Catoctin:
    “Posted 26 July 2011 – 07:57 AM

    A comment from this thread on Too Conservative regarding OpenBand and its political contributions:

    http://www.tooconser…p=9567#comments

    LI & BO – would either of you care to bet a case of your favorite beer on my following prediction?

    Bill Dean & OpenBand are buying the 2012 Board of Supervisors, with the inside knowledge that the current BoS will NOT vote on the Openband issue. And the current BoS plans to hand off the OpenBand franchise to the incoming BoS class.

    Based on the VA State Board of Elections info donations detailed below for the June 21, 2011 McDean fund raising event:

    >Bouna received: $500 MCDean, William Dean (OB/MC CEO) $2,500, Doug Cumins (McDean CF)$250 & James Brabham (OpenBand CEO) $500

    >Janet Clarke received: James Brabham (OpenBand CEO) $500, Doug Cumins (MCDean CFO) $250, William Dean (MCDean CFO) $2,500, Rhett Wade (McDean) $300 and $500 MCDean

    >Matt Letourneau received: James Brabham (OpenBand CEO) $500, William Dean (McDean CEO) $2,500 and $500 McDean

    >Suzanne Volpe received: James Brabham (OpenBand CEO) $500, William Dean $2,500, Doug Cumins (McDean CFO) $250 & $500 from McDean (in-Kind)

    That’s a total of $15,000 (and counting) that OpenBand just bought 4 Republican seats. McDean & OpenBand are paying to play in Loudoun.”

    on purcellville.com:
    “OpenBand..SchmopenBand…
    « on: July 26, 2011, 08:06:42 AM »

    ——————————————————————————–

    From a thread at Too Conservative:

    http://www.tooconservative.com/?p=9567#comments

    LI & BO – would either of you care to bet a case of your favorite beer on my following prediction?

    Bill Dean & OpenBand are buying the 2012 Board of Supervisors, with the inside knowledge that the current BoS will NOT vote on the Openband issue. And the current BoS plans to hand off the OpenBand franchise to the incoming BoS class.

    Based on the VA State Board of Elections info donations detailed below for the June 21, 2011 McDean fund raising event:

    >Bouna received: $500 MCDean, William Dean (OB/MC CEO) $2,500, Doug Cumins (McDean CF)$250 & James Brabham (OpenBand CEO) $500

    >Janet Clarke received: James Brabham (OpenBand CEO) $500, Doug Cumins (MCDean CFO) $250, William Dean (MCDean CFO) $2,500, Rhett Wade (McDean) $300 and $500 MCDean

    >Matt Letourneau received: James Brabham (OpenBand CEO) $500, William Dean (McDean CEO) $2,500 and $500 McDean

    >Suzanne Volpe received: James Brabham (OpenBand CEO) $500, William Dean $2,500, Doug Cumins (McDean CFO) $250 & $500 from McDean (in-Kind)

    That’s a total of $15,000 (and counting) that OpenBand just bought 4 Republican seats. McDean & OpenBand are paying to play in Loudoun.”

    See, anyone can be a developer. If you disagree with them.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    “I think there will continue to be change. “The rest of Loudoun” has the current zoning of AR 1 and 2. Its commercial options are thus limited.”

    Things change but don’t worry because things don’t change. This is your argument. It doesn’t stand up. Now if you were to argue pace of change, you might have a stronger case to say “don’t worry about it – move on, nothing to see here” but reality for anyone living around P’ville would belie that argument as well.

  • BlackOut says:

    He has not resigned and it is a HUGE conflict. I can’t imagine what he gets out of staying on the HOA Board. I bet he is having second thoughts after Minchew entered the race. Whitbeck is a babe in the woods and has no idea what he’s gotten into. Including significant ethical questions about his donations and the influences he is peddling.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Eric, your argument seems to be we can’t trust anybody because nothing should ever change.

    It isn’t like massive change would happen secretly, or overnight. A lot of the growth you like to hate in the eastern part of the county was approved before even you moved in, sport.

    You can only vote about that a few places, and as far as the decisions of any of the towns, well, you can’t vote about that at all.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    “A lot of the growth you like to hate in the eastern part of the county was approved before even you moved in, sport.”

    Exactly, ace, when the housing market was not what it became later. That is exactly why who we elect NOW and their ties to the development industry is so important.

    “You can only vote about that a few places, and as far as the decisions of any of the towns, well, you can’t vote about that at all.”

    Here you are wrong, slick, I can not vote for TC this is true but for the pro-growth TCs to expand into the county they need a willing partner in the BOS. I can (and will) vote for a BOS member who I KNOW will represent MY interests in that process and NOT the interests of the town. The towns already have ample representations at that table.

  • Local says:

    Eric,

    You will lose a lot of votes for your candidate, Mr. Burton, if you are saying it’s not the supervisor’s job to represent anyone who lives in a town. Why would anyone vote for a candidate that says, if elected, I will not represent your best interests. Would you say that Mr. Burton is currently biased towards the county residents who live outside of the towns at the expense of the county residents who live in towns? There are a lot of people who would agree with that statement, but I’m not sure it’s a good campaign slogan. As a town resident, I don’t feel well represented by Mr. Burton.

    For example, you’ve mentioned the dispute between the Brown’s and the Town of Purcellville several times. Had Mr. Burton been willing to work with the town to forge a compromise, the impact of the SCR to Crooked Run Orchard would have been much less. It was Mr. Burton’s inability to work with a town that has led to more damage to the farm, but you don’t mention that in your comments. There was a better, less damaging alternative route but Mr. Burton went to court to block that option because he can’t work with town representatives. In other words, his unwillingness to balance the needs of county and town residents has negatively impacted all of us.

    I believe that an elected official has an obligation to represent all of the residents of his/her district equally meaning that they need to balance the wants and needs of both when making their decisions. I believe Ms. Clarke is willing to represent all of the residents in our district, not just a portion.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Eric, LOVE your conclusion that the growth you couldn’t vote about because YOU DIDN’T LIVE HERE YET is exactly why growth is the only issue that matters for you ever.

    “Your” county was ruined before it ever became “your” county.

    That explains a lot. Thanks.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Please stop!!! I’ve been out of town for a couple days, or I would have pre-empted this thread hijack earlier. I put a new post at the top just for this thread hijack topic – please move there for the western growth discussion.

    On the topic of the original post, Dick Black is going down to John Stirrup, ESPECIALLY in western Loudoun.

  • BlackOut says:

    Has Dick Black dropped out of the race? His website and facebook show no activity since June 13 when York endorsed him. No upcoming events no update to the calendar since May.

    I am I going to have to change my handle? (I’d be glad to if he’s gone for good)

  • Loudoun GOPer says:

    The reason these threads about the 13th senate race get hijacked is because everybody knows Black is going to win this race. The only people stumping for Stirrup are a handful of bloggers and Dick Black haters who can’t seem to let anything go.

    Let’s face facts here. Stirrup has no momentum. He has no support. He has no endorsements. Even his campaign message is, “I’m just as conservative as Dick Black… but I’m not Dick Black.”

    So when these threads pop up here that try to gin up some buzz for Stirrup, they fall flat because nobody thinks he has a chance.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    No momentum? That’s the Black Brigader I’ve been expecting! Did you look an the numbers in the post?

    and any campaign theme that is “I’m not Dick Black” can’t be all bad.

  • Loudoun GOPer says:

    Lloyd,

    You are just proving my point for me. Black hater. You can’t even talk about people who support him without trying to denigrate them.

    Yes I looked at the numbers, and I already refuted them earlier in the post. John has shown he can raise a lot of money from DC based PAC’s and Advertising firms that know him and his wife.

    In fact, I wanted to thank you for getting me to look more closely at John’s and Randy’s reports. It seems that Randy is reporting a reimbursement from Stirrup for $2000 rent on 6/30 but that expense doesn’t show up on Stirrup’s report. Oops? Also, John seems to have had a lot of yard signs, stickers, and literature for awhile, but I can’t seem to find any expenses where he paid for all that stuff.

    Are these just simple ‘mistakes’, or is John hiding expenses to make it look like he has more money than he really does? I know he has been pounding away for weeks with lots of boring mail pieces, and those all cost money, too.

    I hate to tell you, buddy, but most people don’t feel the way you do. That’s why Black is going to win.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    GOPer,
    I’m a “Black hater?” Really? That hurts. And I don’t think I want to take your abuse. And I know I don’t want to take you or your luggage to the airport. What do you think about that?

  • Loudoun GOPer says:

    Lloyd,

    Sniff, sniff…and I thought we had something special. Where did it all go wrong???

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Dick Black is political poison. The only reason he has a chance right now is because of the three way race. He has no momentum and is a frail old man. No more plastic fetuses please.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    LOL Lloyd!

  • Reid/Delgaudio Fan says:

    I’m a Black Hater and I’m proud.

    He is not a nice man. He’s a johnny one note — no gays, abortions or porn. Does he still have those magazines? He hasn’t changed.

    One can imagine the Republican leadership making the sign of the cross everytime the subject of Dick Black coming back to Richmond is mentioned.

    We have this fantastic governor who above all needs a few more votes in the State Senate and we’re thinking of sending down this guy. Ug.

    Once elected, he’ll revert to his old ways. The man has the mind of an eight track tape player. The volume is just turned down now.

    In 2011, Virginians are interested in transporation and education. They are not interested in wedge issues.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    RDF, A wide swath of Virginians are interested in transportation, but, as with “conservatism”, it means different things to different people. By and large, I think you’d get Rs, Ds and Is to agree northern VA is in desperate shape with their ability to move around and do business.

    How to fix it and pay for it? Faction time.

    Does transportation mean roads, the subway, bike lanes, all three, one and not another?

    Does conservatism mean tea party? Fiascal conservatism? Social? Both? Religious? One religion and not another (as famously pointed out on NVTH by one individual, who claimed that one candidate would NEVER use another’s religion to attack someone, and offered as “proof” that they had supported Romney “in spite of” the fact that he was Mormon. “In spite of”?)?

    I am reminded of that wonderful speech at the convention by the bishop from Chesapeake–”I am not African-American, I am an American”. Everyone cheered, but we have as many labels as the progressives do, with dozens of tea parties and many differing lists of conservative tenets that those holding each individual one each seem to feel is the one and only punchlist.

    I agree that wedge issues won’t get any specific problems solved (particularly at the local level), but both (all) sides are rife with single issue votes.

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