Letter: Constance Rice, Leesburg 

Editor: During the run up to November’s election, Loudoun County experienced a sophisticated disinformation campaign run by extremely well-funded external groups. 

With the participation of well-known hate groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, hatred and hysteria against our LGBT citizens was used to drive what effectively became a mob. Similar efforts used a disinformation campaign to drive fears about “Critical Race Theory.” 

The “Save Our Schools” group alone reported over $750,000 in funding. A lot of cookie bakes, wouldn’t you say? Other shady groups popped up with no apparent membership, but enough funding to do a $1 million media buy in the DC market driving fear and hatred with ominous music playing over flat out lies.

Some may say that this is business as usual. But as part of this campaign, a series of recall petitions were circulated based on the premise that school board members can’t be in Facebook groups. And the frenzy caused a school board member to resign after receiving death threats against her and her family. It’s been reported that she sat down to write the resignation after waking up at 3 a.m. and realizing that the police protection had been removed from her home. 

I’m here to ask – why was that protection removed? Why has there been no investigation into these threats? No arrests? Is this the way we want to govern? By death threat and corruption?

The sheriff not only failed to investigate these threats, he participated in a partisan election campaign and refused to supply protection for School Board meetings. With no investigation, how can we say that these threats were not orchestrated by these groups? 

I call on Sherriff Chapman to resign—or to open an investigation into these groups and threats and recuse himself from involvement. I also call for the United States Justice Department to investigate this campaign of lies, fear, and intimidation against the citizens and elected officials of Loudoun County.

Constance Rice, Leesburg 

16 thoughts on “Letter: Constance Rice, Leesburg 

  • 2021-12-16 at 3:32 pm
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    According to public records, the letter writer is a frequent political donor to ActBlue.

    For those of you who may not know about ActBlue, they are a large (D) fundraising “machine.” Meaning that they aggregate individual political donations and then hand them out to (D) politicians. Of course there’s no tracing the money from the politician back to the donor. True anonymity is thus assured.

    It’s “dark money” on a small scale.

    Isn’t it cute that the letter writer attacks the funding of certain organizations which are focused on fixing the LCPS, while participating in a curious political money washing scheme herself?

    Shady, indeed.

    • 2021-12-16 at 3:50 pm
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      Full Disclosure:
      I have not donated even one penny to a political cause.
      I support term limits.
      I strongly support eligible voters’ rights to recall elected officials.
      I support limits on political donations, the elimination of dark money and severe limits on lobbying, with harsh criminal penalties for violations.
      I also support a re-examination of the “Stock Act” in order to evaluate possible violations and find ways to give it more bite.

      • 2021-12-16 at 10:36 pm
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        Nice to see you went right to her records. Can she expect death threats now also?

        ActBlue is a mechanism for giving money legally to Democrat causes and candidates. Donations are logged and fully reported. The literal opposite of “dark money.”

        • 2021-12-17 at 1:25 pm
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          So now you’re afraid of public records?
          Do you have even the faintest concept of why they exist?

          Good grief.

          The records are 100.00% pertinent to understanding and weighing the letter writer’s position and assertions.

          I’m very sorry that you cannot grasp that.

          And please, go ahead and tell me how money donated from ActBlue may be tracked from the donor to the politician or political cause.
          Since we know that it cannot, it is “dark money,” but on a small scale.

          As for your between-the-lines suggestion that I’m making threats or will make a threat… go pound sand. Nothing I’ve written can even mildly be construed as such. Any reasonable person can see that.

        • 2021-12-17 at 3:17 pm
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          Is that this week’s ‘tactic’ you learned from the leftist talking points session I Am? Accusing anyone you disagree with of sending “death threats?”

          Keep it up. Keep accusing people of crimes they didn’t commit. You’re constantly telling us how awful and bigoted Loudoun is, and how much we all suck.

          How do we know it wasn’t you sending death threats to people? Sounds like a contender to me.

    • 2021-12-20 at 2:45 pm
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      Your bizarre ad hominem attack doesn’t make the letter’s points invalid.

      The use of our county as pawns in a proxy culture war battle waged by conservatives was disgusting. And there something rotten in the sheriff’s department. It should be investigated more closely. Both of these things are true no matter how much money she has donated to ACT Blue.

      • 2021-12-20 at 5:06 pm
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        If a letter writer is going to rail against something publicly, yet be a participant in that very thing, then it’s certainly fair game to call out the hypocrisy.

        For some reason you and she seem to think it’s wrong only when your political opponents are doing it.

        Regarding your comment on a “proxy culture war,” you may just want to take a look in the mirror.

  • 2021-12-16 at 6:05 pm
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    The writer brings up many concerns that help convince me the recall statute is being abused. Recall organizers are riling folks with fluffed-up allegations. Fortunately, mainstream media for the most part have ignored their misdirected efforts. But it’s taken a toll on the community. I urge a return to basics. If you disagree deeply with your elected official, run your own candidate at the next election. Meanwhile, let Loudoun County’s duly-elected leaders do their job. Happy Holidays Loudoun.

  • 2021-12-16 at 7:07 pm
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    Any politician should expect threats, it goes with the job. As far as protection goes, protect yourself, or hire someone like several of the squad do.

    • 2021-12-17 at 1:35 pm
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      They do hire someone, our sheriffs department and police forces.

      • 2021-12-29 at 8:27 pm
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        AOC and the squad have hired private security. Loudoun’s outstanding Sheriff’s department has kept this county as safe as it can. Which can’t be said for several other areas of the country. The priorities of the Sheriff’s department have to be for the county as a whole, not individual slimy BoS and school board members that have brought any real or imagined threats upon themselves.

  • 2021-12-17 at 12:26 pm
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    “I also call for the United States Justice Department to investigate this campaign of lies, fear, and intimidation against the citizens…”

    The writer is woefully misinformed. They already are; intimidating parents who speak up about the toxic education environment created by leftist extremists. If there’s one thing leftist/democrats love, it’s oppressing any who don’t snort up their group think.

    • 2021-12-17 at 1:34 pm
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      Name ONE parent who has received multiple credible death threats against their children.

      • 2021-12-20 at 2:48 pm
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        How do we know what’s credible or not when the sheriff won’t investigate and then scolds board members by saying they brought it on themselves?

        Does he also blame rape victims for their clothing choices?

  • 2021-12-17 at 7:36 pm
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    “During the run up to November’s election, Loudoun County experienced a sophisticated disinformation campaign run by extremely well-funded external groups.” I thought you were talking about George Soros who bought several offices across the state. My bad.

    In fact, the LCSO investigated statements and I remember that they reported that none of the statements rose to the level of a crime. I guess you are misinformed in a number of issues.

    Ms. Barts and her husband enjoy the rights of all Americans and have the means to provide for their own protection. I urge Ms. Barts and her husband to take that bit of responsibility like so many Virginians assume. The LCSO is not tasked with the personal protection of school board members. The LCSO determined that no credible threats were made that could be considered crimes. They assigned officers according to need and not according to Ms. Barts’ perceived angst.

  • 2021-12-17 at 7:44 pm
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    At the end of the day I’m not that surprised about dark money flowing into yet another conservative social war battle I’m not surprised by all the grifters gravitating towards the latest Republican cause de jour. I’m not that surprised that Fox News decided to feature Loudoun’s schools hundreds of times on their prime time shows.

    It’s what they do. Gotta make a buck. Infotainment is all they’ve got.

    What has surprised me is the conduct of Sherrif Chapman. I never thought much of his credentials, but I’d have thought he was savvy enough to avoid obvious political pitfalls- like denying the school board protection when it became obvious crowds were being ginned up by agitators while at the same time hanging with the crew that’s pouring the gin.

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