DC Channel 9 portrayed the ongoing battle between county farmer Martha Boneta and Fauquier County’s ‘Gestapo.’
Fauquier Supervisor Lee Sherbeyn is a cattle farmer and decent fellow, but the county public relations folks should think better next time before they push him out before news cameras, as they did in the WUSA piece.
Sherbeyn’s appearance for the WUSA 9 interview is a selective break from county officials’ previous statements that the county would not comment to the press: “’We have been advised not to discuss a matter that is the subject of ongoing litigation by our counsel,’ wrote Supervisor Holder Trumbo in an email” to Watchdog.com.
As reported by WUSA 9, “The county also wants to know if the birthday party she held here heralds more bigger events that might block traffic on the narrow lanes around her ‘Liberty Farm.’”
To put the ridiculous and spurious nature of county’s position in context for readers unfamiliar with the area, Boneta’s farm is on the same road and about a mile from one of the finest restaurants in the mid-Atlantic region, The Ashby Inn.
The Inn, where the author had an unsurpassed dinner just this past Sunday, hosts weddings and generates more traffic than Boneta’s farm – except for the people who drive by to spy regularly on Boneta’s activities.
Sherbeyn continued, “We don’t have a gestapo (sic) just fishing around in trucks looking for violations….She can sell things out of her farm stand if she raises them on her farm. But if she wants to bring in other things or have events where she brings in a lot of people, she needs to have a permit.”
Of course, Fauquier farms with connections to the county government sell things not produced at their farms all the time.
Sherbeyn, a former investigator with the Army, is well aware that the county is spying on Boneta. Emails uncovered by FOIA show a network of collaboration between county officials and others to monitor and keep tabs on Boneta.
The county cannot make its case without lies and deception.
Oh, and Sherbeyn’s interview is further evidence that Chairman Holder Trumbo submitted a knowingly false statement to the Virginia Senate denying that the county cited Boneta for having a birthday party for eight little girls. They still think birthday parties should be subject to permits.
Birthday parties: the gateway to junk yards and strip clubs. You can’t make up this stuff.
With stiff competition, we present Lee Sherbeyn with this week’s Clown award.