Editor: CNN reported Tuesday that the current president has made 56 false claims this week, which is actually down from 78 the prior week. It’s disheartening how easily this disregard for the truth threatens to become our new normal, which is why I think it’s important to step in when this sort of intentional dishonesty enters into our local sphere.
Unfortunately, it looks like Mr. Whitbeck (R) has taken a page from the Trump handbook in his suspiciously well-funded attempt to un-seat Supervisor Randall (D) as Chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Whitbeck is currently running attack ads that claim, and I quote, “she[Randall] voted herself a 62% pay raise.”
Ample justification for that vote aside, it’s a lie. Whitbeck knows it’s a lie, but he also knows that most people who see it won’t (look no further than the Facebook comments).
So here’s the truth:Sup. Randall (D) couldn’t have voted for a pay raise for herself, because state law doesn’t allow it. She voted to give the next board a raise. Sup. Randall hasn’t won re-election, yet.Sup. Letourneau (R) not only voted for the same pay raise, he led the effort enthusiastically.Sup. Meyer (R) and Sup. Buffington (R) voted for this same pay raise. In fact, it wouldn’t have passed at all if those three Republican supervisors hadn’t voted for it, since they made up the majority of the yea votes. I’m sure Mr. Whitbeck will hold them equally accountable while they campaign together.
Whitbeck has established himself early in the race as someone who will say whatever he needs to in order to get elected. It’s up to us to prevent those means from being justified.
Matthew S. Osborn,Aldie