Letter: Mary Pellicano, Leesburg

Editor: It’s an unfortunate reflection of the fractious times we live in when elected officials resort to the same campaign strategy as domestic terrorist groups.

I refer to the recent appearance of Leesburg Town Councilman Tom Dunn’s campaign literature strewn about in neighborhood driveways in much the same way that KKK flyers have been distributed in the area lately.  As offensive as the loathsome propaganda disseminated by the KKK is, Mr. Dunn’s littered material contains equally obnoxious misrepresentations of the truth as well as factual errors.

For example, while Mr. Dunn expresses disdain for “party politics,” which “does almost nothing locally,” he himself actively sought and attained endorsement by the local Republican Party on Aug. 25. In addition, on his flyer he advises voters who “still want to vote strictly National Political Party,” vote for one of the two “Democrats” running for mayor. Since Mr. Dunn knows full well that Kelly Burk is the only Democratically endorsed candidate in the race and Ron Campbell is neither endorsed by the Democrats nor identifies as one, we can only assume that this statement is an attempt to split the vote on election day. In my opinion, such blatantly misleading and self-serving inaccuracies are, in Mr. Dunn’s own words, “a new low in Leesburg politics.”

Mary Pellicano, Leesburg


11 thoughts on “Letter: Mary Pellicano, Leesburg

  • 2018-08-30 at 10:46 am

    Ha! Nice try. Who’s misleading whom? Ron Campbell is 100% a Democrat. He ran as an endorsed Democrat last time around, and the only reason he isn’t endorsed this time is b/c he chose to run against Mayor Kelly Burk, the Dem incumbent. That doesn’t change the basic nature of who he is. He fully supports Jennifer Wexton (one of the most liberal progressive Dems out there) and Wendy Gooditis. His future plans for Leesburg are FULL of tax & spend projects. If it walks like a duck …

    • 2018-08-30 at 11:24 pm

      Ron can call himself whatever he wants–he did run as a Dem and he was a member of the LCDC when he won his seat. But he did not re-join and he has not sought our endorsement. I don’t know if he sought the endorsement of the Republican party though.

  • 2018-08-30 at 2:26 pm

    Shame on you for suggesting that a candidate’s campaign flyer found in your driveway equates to KKK. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps the volunteer who was helping the candidate that day didn’t want to intrude onto your property? Or perhaps the volunteer left the literature by your front door and it blew into your driveway?

    Shame on Loudoun Now for publishing this LTE and giving this person a platform for her hate.

    This is why good people don’t volunteer anymore. People like the LTE author look for evil where it doesn’t exist. I feel sad for the volunteer who was simply trying to help a candidate he/she cared about.

  • 2018-08-30 at 2:41 pm

    You are doing more to spread the truth of two Democrats fighting to be Mayor then Mr Dunn’s flyer. Nice try to falsely relate Mr Dunn to the KKK. You show just how the “new low in Leesburg” gets even lower. What has Party Politics done for you lately?

  • 2018-08-30 at 11:19 pm

    I am a Democrat and a member of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee (LCDC). I feel that I need to set the record straight here. What Mary Pellicano wrote is the truth. Ron Campbell is not a member of the LCDC and he did not seek our endorsement. Kelly Burk is the only LCDC member who sought our endorsement. I have been handing out literature at local back to school nights. The literature has the school calendar on one side and the pictures and names of the Dem endorsed candidates on the other. It was paid for and produced by the LCDC. Ron Campbell’s name is not on it. Ron had run as a Democrat when he won his election to council and he had the endorsement of the LCDC at that time. However he decided that he did not want to be a member of the LCDC when it was time to renew at the end of this year for personal reasons. Someone commented that we have two Democrats running for mayor–I know that the Democratic Party has the reputation of being dis-organized but to suggest that we are so dis-organized that we would split the Dem vote by running two candidates for the same position is a bit much.

  • 2018-08-31 at 10:01 am

    Anyone who has been around long enough, is very familiar with Tom Dunn’s political literature. Usually illiterate, with angry man rants, and unbounded claims that are untrue. The end result was that Tom Dunn was trounced each time he ran for mayor by then Mayor Kristen Umstattd. What should also be pointed out is that Tom Dunn, a NOT a man of courage and convictions, since he will never run for mayor when he would be up for re-election to his council seat. How seriously can you take someone who is so clinging to an elected position, that he will not stand up, and be a man about running. Another point of interest about the republican brand in the Town of Leesburg can be found in the fact that Ms. Fox refuses to run as a republican in this election year. And who can blame her, with someone like Tom Dunn running as a republican.

  • 2018-08-31 at 2:25 pm

    Hey Lawgh,

    You mean the same Councilman Dunn who defended Mayor Burke in the infamous ‘wasted at Tuskie’s’ incident? He could have said nothing, but instead, he expressed his conviction that it was a BS story against Kelly, and made that very plain. He was right, yet your instinctive hate is on full display.

  • 2018-09-01 at 8:19 am

    Well, my very good friend, Chris, always glad to hear from you. However, one should never prescribe an honorable motive to anything that Tom Dunn does. Should we revisit his statement that God wanted there to be slaves in the United States? Tom Dunn needs to man up, and admit that he is so clinging to his spot on the Leesburg Town Council, that he will never run for Mayor at the end of his term in office, and risk being out when he again gets trounced. Tom Dunn, and Ken Reid, for way too long, set the lowest standard imaginable in Leesburg Town politics. And it would appear, Tom Dunn is continuing his long tradition of taking the lowest road possible in all circumstances.

  • 2018-09-03 at 12:44 am

    Tony F
    A democrat does not have to be a member of your local party to democrat in speech and action and voting record. Campbell and Burk are one in the same. Burk fears campbell so much she is taking race and identity politics to a new and disgusting level. The door hanger she leaves at the few homes she goes to has one side saying “Look I am the real democrat she all my endorsements” and the other side show all the different races she works with so “she can be as diverse as her democrat opponent” she is running against. Maybe she did hit her head in that parking lot after “not drinking”.

    you raise your ugly head every time Dunn runs for office. And you have little truth in you. Dunn said God touching the hearts of man freed the slaves. Nice try with your lie about God wanting slaves. Who cares when someone runs for public office. At least he is willing to serve the community and the community has elected him 3 times. Oh and wasn’t it Umstattd who ran for mayor and won, then two weeks after taking office she claimed to have a vision or dream or ate some bad fish that she was compelled to run for supervisor? Was she seeking a safety net in the event of losing or did she never plan on serving for mayor that last term and just was dishonest about her intentions to the public?

  • 2018-09-03 at 1:48 pm

    It is always interesting to see the carefully crafted comments by my very good friend Chris, and weigh that against the ramblings of GoodOleLoudoun. Apparently, Mayor Kelly Burk is upsetting the Tom Dunn supporters with her hard work going door to door. Unlike Tom Dunn, who apparently is doing drive-by lit drops on the ground (see top letter to the editor). And, sorry, but all one has to do is go back to the published story about Tom Dunn’s in his seat comments during a Town Council meeting, where he said that God wanted there to be slaves in the United States. Tom Dunn was skewered by the local press for that comment, as he should have been. It is clear as day, when Tom Dunn runs one-on-one with an opponent in an election, he gets trounced. And it is clear he understands that, and refuses to run during an election cycle when he would be giving up his seat he so clingingly holds on to, to run for mayor. Tom Dunn really needs to man up, and admit he understands this about himself.

  • 2018-09-05 at 3:17 pm

    I choose not to run or seek party endorsement as a Democrat because the LCDC local membership rules required you to pledge your vote to party allegiance. My vote vote belongs to me and not a party. Too many people bled, fought and died for me to have this right. I am a life long democrat and I don’t have to defend that position or provide proof. I have also said that I take a non partisan position when it comes to the leadership that is needed in Leesburg. It’s sad that working with others whose political values are different now has become the key target in the Leesburg race. The voters will make clear their choice in November, individual party endorsements and the noise coming from the sidelines will not be the deciding factors when we have so much more at stake. #peopleoverpolitics

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