PWC Board Chair Corey Stewart recently spoke out on the Haddow-Candland cabal’s* dishonesty involving the recent Bi-County Parkway vote. As reported previously by the Muckraker, Vice-Chair Pete Candland had explicitly assured Chairman Stewart and the public that no vote would be taken on removing the parkway from the county comprehensive plan until Stewart had returned from a business trip and could participate. It quickly became clear, however, that the Mac Haddow junta of Candland, Jeanine Lawson, and Ruth Anderson on the BOCS, had no intention of honoring the commitment they had made.
Challenged about reneging on their public assurances, principally by Coles Supervisor Marty Nohe, the Haddow-Candland cabal smear machine promptly went into action using their house organ, the Sheriff of Nottingham blog, to distract and mislead the public with spurious attacks on Stewart, Nohe, and other opponents of their swindle. They first insinuated (without any evidence whatsoever) that Stewart had lied about his reason for missing the meeting. Then they peddled the notion that Stewart knew the vote would be taken all along. Junta member Jeanine Lawson hawked the idea that they were doing Stewart a favor. Nohe, of course, found himself the victim of a spurious smear campaign on an unrelated issue, which was clearly designed to move the online news cycle off the issue of the Haddow junta’s betrayal.
Stewart gave lie to all this on his return. In comments to the Prince William Times, Stewart blasted, “I was promised, the community was promised, [that] the vote was going to be taken with the entire board here.” Saying he felt misled and that the business community might not trust the board after the vote, Stewart predicted that the board’s move would have “untold consequences in the future.”
We suppose it’s possible that Stewart had actually hoped to miss the vote so that he wouldn’t have to take a position. But it was Candland who very specifically raised the issue of Stewart’s pending absence at the meeting before the vote, and who very publicly reiterated then that no vote would take place in the Chairman’s absence. Candland tried to rationalize his dishonesty by telling the Prince William Times that people were interested in having a decision made at the time people came out to speak. Yet, there was no mob of speakers at the hearing. According to the Prince William Times, there were only 8 speakers for removal of the parkway and 7 against – hardly a mandate for a vote contrary to public assurances given by Candland just a week before. The “people” to whom Candland referred no doubt consisted of Mac Haddow and members of the Haddow-Candland cabal. In fact, on the day of the vote Haddow reportedly started spreading the word to his junta members that they would be taking a vote that evening.
With their actions, the Haddow-Candland cabal has once again announced to the surrounding region that Prince William County is a difficult place to do business, making the job of the tax-payer funded Department of Economic Development and member-funded Chamber of Commerce, even harder than it already is. The Bi-County Parkway itself aside, reputable companies don’t want to do business in an area where the elected officials brazenly and regularly renege on their commitments, particularly at the urging of unelected puppet-master. Of course, making the jobs of those organizations impossible may just be the puppet-master’s goal.
*Though it varies, the core members of the Haddow/Candland cabal include Upstream Consulting’s Mac Haddow, QBE’s Pete Candland, Jeanine Lawson, Ruth Anderson, Rich Anderson, and sometime-Candland staffer/Rich Anderson campaign manager/Ruth Anderson and Jeanine Lawson consultant Reece Collins.