As The Bull Elephant reports, “Fauquier Canvass Overturned by 1st District Committee.”
Appellant Cam Jones provided ample evidence that the March canvass filling the Fauquier GOP Committee seats was so filled with shenanigans that another election is needed.
It is sad that this process, as politically charged as it has been, should be footnoted with some bush-league ugliness directed at Jones and others.
Following the canvass, Supervisor Holder Trumbo, a supporter of Scott Russell for GOP chairman, went on an embarrassing Facebook rant that received national attention, calling Fauquier residents “freaks,” who are “in for a pretty rough ride,” and “will need their Kevlar.”
Mr. Trumbo has yet to be reprimanded officially by his Board of Supervisor colleagues or the Fauquier GOP Committee. This now reflects more poorly on those bodies than it does on Mr. Trumbo, who at least made an apology at one BoS meeting.
We trust that Cam Jones will publish the full contents of his appeal so that all may see the troubling nature of what went on in the Fauquier County canvas, or as it is now called, the “Mississippi of Virginia.”
Jones first presented his appeal about the canvas to the Fauquier GOP. It was dismissed by Committee insiders as “without merit.” Immediately, and catching Jones off guard with its brazenness and hostility, someone made the tactless motion to have Jones removed from the Committee.
Bad form, fellas.
The chairmanship winner Scott Russell attended Jones’ appeal hearing before the 1st District in Middlesex County. Jessica Swan, whose email provided ample evidence of the corrupted process of the election that was overturned, sat with Russell.
As Jones’ appeal shows, Ms. Swan was running for the GOP Committee yet made calls for non-Republicans to vote. She sent out an email stating:
“I’m asking for your help in achieving that goal. You do not need to be a Republican. Democrats, Progressives, Independents, Libertarians – all registered voters in Fauquier County are welcome to vote in the Fauquier County Republican Canvass on March 22nd, 2014 at the Warrenton Community Center, from 9am -2pm at 430 East Shirley Avenue (near the Wal-Mart). You must show proper identification; to ensure only Fauquier County residents are voting in this election.”
Ms. Swan’s email made several unseemly, overstated and even false comments consistent with her antipathy about the Boneta Bill and efforts led from Fauquier County to free farmers from needless, intrusive and burdensome over-regulation. As Ms. Swan expressed to The Fauquier Times: “I encourage the working group to reject the efforts of poorly informed activists using specious property rights arguments to pursue a political agenda.”
Poorly informed. Specious. Ouch! Bad form, too, ma’am.
The fact that Scott Russell brought Ms. Swan to the appeals hearing as his proxy seems to indicate his approval of her tactics. But that also led to more acerbic comments from Ms. Swan. At the hearing, Swan confronted Martha Boneta and chided her for not being a “conservative.”
This attack on Virginia’s farm freedom darling from the person urging Democrats to vote in her GOP Committee election is poor judgment, at best.
Actually, it’s unbecoming.
Ms. Boneta also received a disgusting comment from another Fauquier GOP Committee member present at the hearing about being “on her knees.” Ms. Boneta had the grace not to punch the Jerk.
We know that Mr. Russell does not condone that type of behavior, and we’ll give him time to sort things out and ensure that appropriate apologies are made to Ms. Boneta.
Mr. Russell, however, sure has some awful allies.