Letter: Scott Pio, Loudoun County Republican Committee

Editor: County Chair Randall imposed painful Covid policies on Loudoun County without any discernible upside. At the same time, she claims them to be of great success. Instead of honestly examining what she would have done differently, she chose to congratulate herself for her destructive actions.

Her restrictions followed most blue states’ approaches, which in the final analysis produced similar COVID-19 health outcomes as the red states but without the financial and mental health damages. We believe that her whole approach was a massive mistake that citizens paid dearly. Her failures must be examined to prevent them from happening again.

Ms. Randall locked down schools in mid-March 2020. They remained locked down pretty much through the end of 2021 and then re-opened on a limited basis with frequent testing of asymptomatic students and wearing masks (which Gov Youngkin had to fight to stop). However, by the end of April 2020, we already knew that for healthy kids, COVID-19 is much less dangerous than dying in car accidents. Kids were 3000 times less likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated 75-year-olds. Most who succumbed to COVID-19 were old, had several co-morbidities, and were in feeble health. Ms. Randall’s policies did not reflect these known realities.

More unnecessary and arbitrary restrictions followed. Play areas were locked out; all surfaces were furiously scrubbed even though COVID-19 moved through the air. At one point, the Rust Library was closed with the idea to provide county employees’ childcare at citizens’ expense. One of the many poorly thought-out decisions. Decisions were not based on age risk-stratification or science; they were based on panic, resulting in severe and unnecessary cumulative damage.
In the meantime, schools in many red states returned to normal and to in-person instructions very quickly. No, they were not experiencing mass deaths of children and teachers (who had lower death rates than other professions). Private schools opened in blue areas (with loud protests from county and state health officials).

But not LCPS. Ms. Randall continued extreme measures; Virginia ended up being the seventh most locked-down school system in the country. We knew early on, and now for sure, that these measures were all pain and no gain. All states with light or stringent restrictions ended up in the same spot. Lockdowns resulted in unnecessary mental and business costs. Ms. Randall ended up limiting our freedoms; she did not feel a need to explain and convince citizens about these measures. Instead, she and her lieutenants imposed restrictions and penalties for breaking them.

Today, Ms. Randall thinks she did a fantastic job. She conveniently forgot about all the mistakes she made, the length of the restrictions she imposed, and that states and counties without restrictions did much better. In times of crisis, she showed us that she would not hesitate to use dictatorial powers to impose useless policies that damaged the general population. She also revealed that she does not trust people to adjust their behaviors independently. People today wear masks on their own based on their preferences. Sadly, she is not going to learn anything from her failures, but we are not going to forget or forgive.

Scott Pio, Chairman
Loudoun County Republican Committee

18 thoughts on “Letter: Scott Pio, Loudoun County Republican Committee

  • 2022-06-23 at 7:53 pm
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    Chairwoman Randall is an empty suit. She has made no positive impact on the County despite her years in office. It is time for someone else, and that someone else needs to be a Republican because Democrats have proven themselves unfit to govern.

  • 2022-06-23 at 8:13 pm
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    Every Friday morning all through the summer of 2020 a group of citizens representing small business owners protested outside the Government Building in an attempt to focus on the damage the Randall lockdown imposed on their attempt to earn a living. As the summer wore on, and it became more and more apparent that the rational for the continued lockdown was faulty, Randall’s response was to do everything she could to shut down these lawful demonstrations. Rather than patting herself on the back, she owns small businesses a huge apology.

  • 2022-06-23 at 9:45 pm
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    Hilarious letter. Pio forgets to mention how King Trump destroyed our response to Covid with his ignorant behavior and plans for the country. Voting GOP now or in the future, especially in light of the January 6 hearings, is a wasted vote. The GOP does not care for American values, does not value children over guns and keeps supporting the likes of Trump and now the baby Hitler growing in Floriduh, Ron Death-Santis. Add into the mix, Taylor Greene, Gaetz, McCarthy etc and you have a party of miscreants. Pio should be ashamed of himself.

    • 2022-06-29 at 1:08 pm
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      Filthycat, is that why so many people moved TO Florida during Covid? And why so many people moved OUT of California and New York?

    • 2022-06-29 at 11:21 pm
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      Oh, Sedonacat, I just know you are not wishing you could live in a world where Joe Biden would have been President during the COVID outbreak. All that would have happened is many more people would have died while Joe’s family got wealthier by getting the drug companies to fill their pockets. Even Joe had to admit that “Operation Warp Speed” was very successful, and I can promise you this: The current administration would have never gotten vaccines done in the time the Trump administration did. We’d still be waiting for them to do something…anything. Keep in mind that the COVID impact would not have been as bad if the Dems hadn’t fought so hard against closing the borders to keep sick people from coming to this country and spreading COVID. I know all of you hate to admit it, so I’ll say it for you: Trump was right all along and we should all be very thankful that it was he, not a career politician with a history of accomplishing NOTHING was POTUS during that time.

  • 2022-06-24 at 12:00 am
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    Scott Pio never misses an opportunity to take a swipe at Democrats. Why is he harping on Loudoun’s response to the Covid crisis? Was it perfect? Of course not. But folks were sailing in uncharted waters. I say, Cut them some slack. Also, it would have been nice for Mr. Pio to express kind words for Chair Randall, who recently recovered from Covid. I guess that’s not in his repertoire. P.S. — Mr. Pio refers to senior citizens as “old.” That sounds pejorative; a term that should be avoided.

  • 2022-06-24 at 6:57 am
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    It’s hard to articulate how little I think of Scott Pio, though I do think he well demonstrates how devoid of talent the Loudoun GOP is.

    When the bench is empty the third stringers get to play.

  • 2022-06-24 at 7:36 am
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    HA HA HA. Anything, and I mean anything coming from Scott Pio, the “leader” of the Repub Party (GOJP), who has had to apologize for past statements of his, to claiming that the sea rise may be from too many boats in the ocean, to his jumping blindly into the crazy hole of Trumpsterism is a joke. Keep on Scott, bring it on and see how far down you can take what use to be a Grand Old Party, to now what has become nothing but a Grand Old Joke of a Party. GOJP

  • 2022-06-24 at 8:48 am
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    After running for Chair in the last election as an independent and having served for two terms on the school board I guess it becomes my duty to at least ask for some clarifications. Are you suggesting Ms. Randall acted in an ultr-vires manner without board support? Are you suggesting she singlehandedly ordered the school board (which has exclusive authority over LCPS) to close? I understand the political hit piece aspect and certainly would not express any suggestion this BOS has been successful as I sit in extreme bumper to bumper traffic on Route 15 north of Leesburg as BOS commitments seem endlessly delayed and our property taxes are still way too high. So should we really believe the only problem with the BOS in this term is one person or that the majority of the Loudoun registered voters never showed up to vote in an important local election? My belief is that the latter is the real problem. 🙂

  • 2022-06-24 at 9:13 am
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    What does this have to do with the elections coming up in November 2022.
    We dislike Randall but she is a fish to be fried in 2023. Never mind Pio is Randall’s best fundraiser just ask Roland Martin’s audience
    Focus seems to be a problem for the LCRC chair, consequences this election cycle are what matters.
    Get your head out of her backside and get in the fight!

  • 2022-06-24 at 11:29 am
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    What does this have to do with the elections coming up in November 2022.
    We dislike Randall but she is a fish to be fried in 2023. Never mind Pio is Randall’s best fundraiser just ask Roland Martin’s audience
    Focus seems to be a problem for the LCRC chair, consequences this election cycle are what matters.
    Get your head out of there and get in the fight!

  • 2022-06-24 at 3:23 pm
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    Let it be known that Pio does not speak for me or many other republicans in Loudoun County. Just like many mothers’ want to undo their abortions we would love to undo the last election for LCRC chair.

  • 2022-06-25 at 6:38 am
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    Poor, pitiful Scott misrepresents so much but does expose a lack of GOP accuracy. First, while Pio and others my crave dictators, Ms. Randall was no such thing and the actions were by the school board as a whole. Second, since 2021, when we realized what we were dealing with, the Covid death toll is significantly higher in counties that voted for Trump and generally ignored Covid safety rules.
    Facts are that by embracing their 1950s-style MAGA extremist platform and ignoring science and education, GOP is a clear and present danger

    • 2022-06-26 at 6:15 pm
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      “ignoring science.” This from a guy whose political party refuses to define what a woman is, and thinks dudes can get pregnant.

    • 2022-06-29 at 1:13 pm
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      Hal, let’s talk facts.

      In areas that didn’t enact draconian policies for a mild virus (for most), students had far less learning loss than in areas that shut down schools. Virginia was among the states with the HIGHEST learning loss.

      In areas that didn’t enact lockdowns, the economic damage was far less severe. Virginia has yet to see the economic recovery experienced by other states that took a more rational approach.

      Among the states with the highest death tools were those that enforced lockdowns including New York and New Jersey that sentenced many of their seniors to death in nursing homes.

      You would do yourself a favor to look at facts, not woke ideology. The millions that moved to Florida and Texas FROM California and New York certainly did.

  • 2022-06-25 at 8:05 pm
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    When is whomever is writing this for Mr Pio going to figure out that Randall doesn’t make decisions for the schools? We all know Mr Pio didn’t write this because correct grammar and spelling were used. Randall is on the board of supervisors, not the school board. Don’t you think you have embarrassed us enough already with your racist remarks and disastrous Martin interview? Stop it now. Stop embarrassing Republicans.

    Republicans are primed to defeat Randall in 2023, but not with this clown leading the party.

  • 2022-07-04 at 10:27 pm
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    Just think Pio represents less than 300 people out of 430,000 that live in Loudoun County. How many elections were decided by less than 300 votes? Not many! If there was a listing for posterior Pio would be number 1 tied with Randall.

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