The Volpe Factor In The Loudoun Sheriff Race

By Loudoun Insider

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.


  • Thank you for answering the question the other guys wouldn’t.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    This is half of their big problem with Chapman. I’ll cover the rest in another post. It’s even more catty and petty than this one.

  • BlackOut says:

    Now this is starting to make some sense. Maybe they were to embarressed to admit what was happening?

    I was amused today by the Mark/Vern press release on ethical campaign goals. Nice thoughts but in this case actions speak louder than words.

    Chapman’s supposed slanderous campaign flyer was nothing of the sort. Even if the Mark/Vern press release eluded to it being so. In fact, as many have discussed and agreed, Chapman’s flyer was absolutely a legitimate above board mailer that effective set Chapman out in front of the competition on a credentials criteria. Credentials that are all public knowledge via all candidate websites. Chapman’s actions speak louder than words.

    Now for the words. The bruhaha over this flyer is extremely illuminating. Why the big fuss. Sounds like LI has finally let part of the cat out of the bag. Also there were references to “skinny bitch”, with no disrespect I doubt to be Volpe. Now everyone is screaming, yelling, blogging, tossing, and pointing fingers. A whole lot of consternation from a bunch of people who are supposed to be promoting their candidates. Where in any of this has been corrections to the flyer that supposedly was so egregious. Not one word about something being inaccurate. What a bunch of whiners. If I were the candidates I’d run as far away from this type of “help” as I could. Heck the candidates have hardly said anything yet and they are already on the defensive.

    I am not letting Vern off the hook for his outrageous meeting comments. Nor am I letting Mark off the hook for thinking it a good idea to send out this press release. My advise to each of these guys is do what’s in your heart and stop listening to others. They ain’t helpin.

  • Fear & Loathing says:

    All this drama and we have not even figured out what the nominating process will be nor when it will be. What is going to happen when things really heat up. I can picture one of candidates screaming ” Oh he looked at me funny”. Geez.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    When you see more of this BS thrown against Chapman, just remember the words “petty” and “jealousy”, because that’s what this all boils down to.

  • Loudoun Observer says:

    The Loudoun Republicans need another contest to obsess over.

  • TC Follower says:

    Volpe has political pull- definitely. But it isn’t absolute. She failed to persuade the members of the LCRC to her position twice at the last meeting.

  • LCSO Family says:

    Mark Davis and Verne Dickerson should be ashamed of themselves for their crybaby press release. I want our next Sheriff to have more of a backbone than that.

  • a real republican says:

    Chapman needs to know that excuses are like elbows – everyone has a couple. You are responsible for the people that you hire and the deals you make! Chapman’s campaign is over. -f you cannot run an honest campaign, you cannot run a sheriff’s dept! DUH!

  • […] LI has an interesting comment on the current controversy in the Republican race for the Loudoun County Sheriff nomination. Worth reading. […]

  • Cheif Inspector 1 says:

    Chapman a federal man, who was trained by the federal government believes, accountablity is not a priority to us,”the Loudoun Co.,
    On Monday Feb 28th at our meeting Mark Davis said he was a true republician. Why then has he announced a fund raiser hosted by Sheila Johnson
    “A PRESIDENT OBAMA SUPPORTER and A DEMOCRATIC fund raiser”. Mark Daavis a real DEMOCRATE, that is discusting!

  • Alexis gruen says:

    Chapman a federal man, believes accountability is not a priority to us (The Loundoun County Republicans) With what honor he still might have he should withdraw from the sheriffs race.

    On Monday February 28th at our meeting, Mark Davis announced he was a true republican. Why than now has he announced a fund raiser hosted by Sheila Johnson, ” a democratic fund raiser and present Obama supporter” Mark Davis a proven democrat…how disturbing!

    Alexis Gruen

  • Deep Thinker says:

    If you’re in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at the enemy, throw one of those small pumpkins. Maybe it’ll make everyone think how stupid war is, and while they are thinking, you can throw a real grenade at them.

  • Deep Thinker says:

    A good way to keep a mob of peasants from killing your monster is when they break into your castle, make them be real quiet, then open a door and there’s the monster, sound asleep.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Just released a bunch of comments from moderation that piled up while I was out. Some interesting comments to say the least.

    Davis is contiuing to ruin his chances in the LCRC with things like the Sheila Johnson fundraiser, further cementing his image as the elitist western Loudoun candidate. I guess he will lock down the 1% of the delegates that will hail from Middleburg.

  • TruthSeekerVA says:

    Didn’t our current Republican Governor receive support from Ms. Johnson? Just sayin….

  • Fear & Loathing says:

    Just to bring this all into focus in terms of the big picture, which is allowing Sheriff Simpson to sell his wares full-time, I would note that in watching tonight’s budget meeting (yes it is a very exciting life I lead) the present Sheriff could not even attend. Now keep in mind, that all his deputies are depending on him to show the Board of Supervisors why they need: a. a pay raise b. more deputies on the street c. more gang intelligence units d. someone who cares about them

    By Simpson being a no show I think it tells the deputies that he is too busy doing other things and really does not give a crap about them. Now that is one great leader.

    Come on Republicans, keep your eye on the real prize, get that poor excuse of a Sheriff out of there. For the good of the deputies and for the good of the County!

  • cop4ever says:

    Maybe the Liberal Sheila Johnson will assist Mark Davis in moving from the 4th place finish in the last race to 3rd place in the primary. I rate him the 3rd best candidate with Chapman leading the pack. I hope if there is a debate Davis and Dickerson don’t start crying

  • LCSO Family says:

    I hear Simpson is in Florida selling his gatorade stuff. LCSO needs a real leader who actually shows up to the office every day. I hope he just retires.

  • Black/Delgaudio fan says:

    Stop getting on the case of a fine woman like Suzanne Volpe, LIAR!

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    TruthSeeker, yes McD did, but he had no primary opponent whatsoever. Davis is in a four way race for the Republican nomination. Like I said, he’ll have the Middleburg contingent sewn up, along with the Republican Obama supports as well, I guess. It’s a breathtakingly stupid move.

    BDF, Volpe has much worse critics within the LCRC.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    BDF, I don’t see this as a criticism of Suzanne at all. In fact, it acknowledges her considerable influence within the local party. Where’s the “LIAR” bit coming from?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I think LIar is another online persona of that commenter, taking shots at me at NVTH.

  • LIar says:

    I am not BDF. BDF is not me. LI is stirring the pot again. Making it all personal. Can’t you all see?

  • G.Stone says:


  • Black/Delgaudio fan says:

    LIAR means “Loudoun insider against Republicans.” he’s a PEC-kissing/SlowGrowth/Dem-lovin guy who is pretending to be a Republican and he likes to shoot at good Americans like Dick Black, Eugene Delgaudio, Jeff Frederick, Dale Meyers and Suzanne Volpe!

  • BDF, you are one funny guy. That list of names reads like the starting lineup for the Loudoun Wing Nuts.

  • G.Stone says:

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