Vice-Sheriff?, “I Love People” and More

By Lloyd the Idiot

Loudoun County Republican Party meetings these days are nothing if not surprising.  And tonight’s meeting did not disappoint.

 ITEM 1:

Loudoun County sheriff candidate Mark Davis announced he was withdrawing from the race throwing his support behind Verne Dickerson. That’s not all that unusual, but what Dickerson had to say following the announcement was odd, if not troubling.

Dickerson went on to use the first person plural pronoun excessively in his speech about reform of the sheriff’s office in which, ultimately, he announced that Davis would be his “principal adviser.”  It wasn’t quite clear from his speech whether that will be a paid position within the sheriff’s office or something else, but it raises questions about the propriety of what was obviously some kind of political deal.

ITEM 2:  Volpe Announces Candidacy for Algonkian Supervisor

“I love people” is the reason Suzanne Volpe gave in announcing her run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for the Algonkian District.  We’ll see if the voters return the love.  Not surprisingly, she was first among the candidates to speak and spoke well longer than any other.   In my opinion, she gave a very good speech.


Shawn Williams announced his candidacy for Broad Run district supervisor.  Don’t know much about him.


Current Dulles district chair Matt LeTourneau announced his candidacy for Dean district supervisor.

Of course, there was the assortment of speeches from the other candidates, but, frankly, I couldn’t get past the Dickerson-Davis announcement.

Best of luck to all the candidates.


  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Davis and Dickerson have been telegraphing their pact for some time now. Two mediocre candidates do not add up to one great candidate. These two remind me more of Vincent Gray and Sulieman Brown every day.

    Volpe will be a disaster. Matt LeTourneau will be great and will have no trouble dispatching the idiot behind the Dean District fiasco. I’ve heard nothing more about Shawn Williams except that he makes all the ladies swoon. That alone will get him past McGimsey.

  • Loudoun Outsider says:

    Shawn Williams ain’t ready for prime time. He’s lived in the County for only four years my guess is he’s never gone to a Board, Planning Commission or School Board meeting. Me suggests he bone up on local issues.

  • Rizzo says:

    I loved the ‘co-sheriffs’ speech given by Dickerson…just think – we’ll have 55 years experience between the two of them…two for the price of one! What a joke…

  • Richard Nance says:

    Could someone help me with something?

    Why would Mr. Davis throw a huge campaign party on a Saturday night, collect campaign funds, and then throw in the towel on a Monday night?

  • Lady M says:

    Still no Republican candidate for Leesburg? That worries me.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Here’s something that will worry you even more, Lady M, it’s going to be Ken Reid.

  • BlackOut says:

    How bizarre!

    Davis happily goes to his campaign fundraiser, bamboozles a bunch of legitimate supporters into giving him money and then within ours announces his withdrawal.

    Here’s how I see this went down. He arrives at the party, smiles, gives a good speech, then someone takes him aside and tells him he’s finished. All based on the facts LI at TC has brought to light. Nail in the coffin LIs blogging on his campaign donations. Reality checks in and he steps out of the race.

    Next up to be challenged is Speakman. He needs to answer the question of where he has been living and how much he really does feel connected to Loudoun; or is he just looking for a nice uniform. We’ll see maybe he does have a legitimate explanation. But up to this point he’s ignoring the information LI has presented. It can’t be denied where he lives is now an issue. All due to LIs leg work.

    I laugh when I hear screams from the monastery saying LI doesn’t have any teeth as a blogger. He isn’t correct all the time but he gets a lot of stuff right.

  • RWN says:

    BO – if you blow up LI’s ego anymore, there’s not going to be any room in the atmosphere for the rest of us to breathe.

  • BlackOut says:

    You’re probably right RWN, but he does put interesting stuff out.

    BTW, how’s that new Rahm Emanuel look working for you? 🙂

  • New Voice says:

    I think the people of Loudoun are not well-served by the likes of Ms McGimsey on the BOS and am hoping for a good person to work to elect in Broad Run. I was thrilled to hear someone had declared to run even if the name was completely unfamiliar. Just checked out Shawn Williams’ website and I am worried.

    The first sentence in his announcement is “Isn’t it a GREAT time to be a Republican in Loudoun County?” and then he proceeds to “…And when I think about the irresponsible decisions that are being made by liberals nationally and here in Loudoun…” I guess I am the hated DINO-RINO – a true Independent who is liberal on some issues, conservative on others. I’ve come to detest pure partisan politics, especially here at the local level. I think there are people from all along the political spectrum who would be great on the BOS and SB as long as their reasons for wanting that position is to really focus on what is best for all of us who live here. There are a lot of disaffected Is and Ds right now in Loudoun; my first impression of Mr. Williams is not the way to reach them.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    RWN, I am nowhere close to being the Loudoun blogger with the biggest ego. BO, I will add that Lloyd did his share to expose Speakman’s residency issues as well. Speakman will be out soon enough, then it will be Chapman versus Batman and Robin, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, of whatever other crime fighting duo you want put out as analogy.

  • BlackOut says:

    Batman and Robin! That’s gonna stick.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Cagney and Lacey

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I also don’t believe that big Steve Simpson supporters shouldn’t be running for office under the LCRC banner. Let someone who can actually beat Kelly Burk run against her.

  • Ken Reid says:

    I am definitely not supporting Steve Simpson for Sheriff. I will definitely be supporting the Republican nominee as I did in ’07. I think you and many folks who post on here have a lot of misinformation about me, my record and all and would be very happy to converse with you about this off line. My phone is 703 779-8777 , email is

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    We’ll see about that, Ken Reid. I did revise my last comment about you a bit. I have no patience with closet Simpson supporters these days. I’ll try to control myself better.

  • Intriguing says:

    Crockett & Tubbs, Starsky & Hutch, Riggs & Murtaugh (leathal weapon) and best of all – Taylor & Fife.

    Speaking of the Mark Davis fundraiser – GStone did you make a contribution?

  • Richard Nance says:

    Black Out raises my question also.

    There could be a perfectly good reason behind Mr. Davis’ conduct, but I have have not heard it?

    Will Sheila Johnson get her money back from Mr. Davis?

  • Jack Ryan says:

    Ken – LI spews misinformation about everyone…and LI, all we are trying to do now is get rid of the people you campaigned for in 2007.

  • Intriguing says:

    Jack, back in the 2007 campaign, why DID you stand before the assembled group following your loss at the convention and express your committment to support the selected nominee, only to turn around and go independent? What were the reasons that prompted this course of action?

    Seriously, I think that many people are interested in getting a truthful and sincere response to this inquiry, as I know that I have never heard you comment on this. Why did you do it?

  • Ken Reid says:

    I am only interested in clearing up misinformation. My offer is on the table to have a nice quite off line discussion — 703 779 8777 or

  • Jack Ryan says:

    Intrigue, ask me anytime you see me and I’ll be happy to explain to you as I have many others. This election is about 2011 though, and so far LI has come out to support Malcom Baldwin, Herring, Wengler/Plowmans opponent, and Burton in 2011 elections. As LI screams to himself – I will uncover hypocricy wherever it exists….well, he needs to look no further than his mirror.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    Jack, all I can say is wow. It’s absolutely mind blowing that you’d condemn LI for something like that when you quite publicly disavowed the Republican paty after losing the party’s nomination then ran against a Republican candidate.

  • Intriguing says:

    Okay, Jack. When can we meet? Also, do you mind if I video our discussion (I am sort of picturing an interview situation – think 20/20 or Dateline with very little in the way of production values).

    This election may be about 2011, but if you want to be perceived as someone who has a credible opinion, it sure seems like this would be a good time to clear up any potential misgivings that others may have regarding your prior actions and record, don’t you agree?

    Also, as an FYI, something about the name you referenced as Plowman’s opponent struck me as being odd, and that’s because the actual candidate running against him is named “Wexton,” not “Wengler.”

  • Dan says:

    Geez! Mr. Ryan, it would seem you have little standing to call LI a hypocrite on this matter of supporting party nominees.

    I’m not a Republican so Republican spats over this are not a concern to me. But I do take a dim view of folks in my own party who engage in a nominating process and then if they are unhappy with the outcome proceed to sit on their hands in the general election campaign. Or worse, actively support someone running against that nominee.

    I am talking about party activists. Not candidates themselves. For a candidate to run for a nomination and lose and then run as an independent against the chosen nominee of his party is inexcusable. I would never vote for such a person in the future for any office whatsoever. I expect my Republican friends feel the same way.

    This is a public forum which you voluntarily choose to participate in. Several people (other than LI who you clearly don’t care for) have respectfully asked you to explain your behavior which reasonable people who work hard on behalf of their party would find inexcusable. You have doggedly ducked that question. Most recently with the rather lame “I’ll tell you when I see you” nonsense as if there is some “good” explanation for such egregious behavior that can’t be stated publicly.

    Be a man. Answer a simple question. When and why is it ever acceptable to lose a nomination fight and then torpedo the rightful nominee by running as an independent after failing to secure the nomination yourself? And why should any loyal member of that party ever consider voting for such a person in the future?

  • RWN says:

    I don’t think Jack is condemning LI; he’s just stating the obvious. LI is bi-political. He goes both ways, there are some Democrats he supports and there are certain Republicans he supports. As the record shows, Jack has stated what has been disclosed by LI.

  • Dan says:

    RWN, I’m sure LI can speak for himself as to the affiliation of those he has supported in the past. He has never been bashful about stating his opinions before. Although it is terribly helpful of Mr. Ryan to illuminate LI’s past support.

    The problem is that it isn’t LI’s behavior in past election cycles that is lacking a first hand explanation. It is Mr. Ryan’s adamant refusal to explain his past actions to defeat Republican nominees that seems to be the issue for a number of people here. And their polite requests for clarification remain unanswered.

    I’m certain Mr. Ryan wouldn’t want people to be left with the impression that his motivations were sour grapes and personal ambition at the expense of his party. Surely he will explain his sound reasons for his actions.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Absolutely correct, RWN. Both parties are full of crooks, liars, and obnoxious a-holes. I won’t vote for any of those rypes of cretins, no matter what party they are in. It takes a little more work and inrelligence to vote that way, not like you mindless party automatons.

    Jack Ryan indeed has no room to talk about anyone not supporting any party’s nomination. He’s the worst kind of sore loser.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Leesburg Today article on LCRC candidates:

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Dear Lord, it gets even wackier. Read Stone’s homage to Batman and Robin:

    Now Verne gets the backing of the Middleburg contingent, the LCRC contributors to Mike George contingent, and the Obama/DNC donor contingent. All five or so of them.

  • Black/Delgaudio fan says:

    I think LIar is being paid by the PEC and the Dems to disparage Republican candidates, spread rumors about them and dig up dirt on them. He bashes Mark Sell, Suzanne Volpe, Ken Reed in hopes the Dems will use the information against them. Tell me LIar — are you paid by the PEC and your western Loudoun country set to bash Republicans????

  • Black/Delgaudio fan says:

    And, let’s not forget his attacks on good men like Dick Black and Eugene Delgaudio!

  • David says:

    I think BDF is being paid by a shadowy cabal to slander the Loudoun GOP with incessant associations with Dick Black and Eugene Delgaudio.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Complete rubbish, BDF. No one pays me to say anything. I think it’s time everyone knows who you are if you’re going to go down the clearly false smear route.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    Not to mention the multiple alias route.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I disparage horrible candidates and politicians from both parties. Believe it or not the Dems are actually worse than the LCRC this year. The idiot car salesman going against Bob Wertz being the poster child.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    This co-Sheriff thing is one of the most ridiculous ploys I’ve ever seen:

    On a par with the whole civility pledge fiasco.

  • Dan says:

    It brings to mind the phrase “Not ready for prime time”.

    Local politics can often be comical. But in a jurisdiction the size of Loudoun you usually expect something of a higher quality. You all put on a great show. What a hoot!

  • The Shadow (redux) says:

    You should be scared… Williams is more of a Tea Party than GOP and his website is indicative of things to come. Newbies like Williams are too green and no where near ready for LoCo prime time.

    I think the LCRC could have done much better than this round of candidates. But based on the LCDC …oops I meant Miller 5 plan, maybe they are cutting their losses.

    McGimsey/LCDC thinks she has a better shot with a fresh constituency base, given she has pissed off the majority of her former district. Either way the LCDC’s blatant gerrymandering, while Turner boasted about the new plan to a HS politics class is reprehensible. I hope the LCDC/Miller 5 plan gets flagged by the DOJ, because I don’t want McGimsey representing my district and I don’t think Williams is ready for Loudoun politics. Although he did donate to Black, so maybe he already knows the inside game.

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