If we weren’t talking about serious dollars it would be funny. The Haddow-Candland cabal is freaking out and has gone into full blown damage-control mode after the disclosure that Candland’s partisanship and a conflict of interest cost taxpayers $3 million. It’s a particularly stinging blow for Candland after he tried to savage the school system for the potential expenditure of a few hundred thousand dollars. On their house organ, the Sheriff of Nottingham blog, the cabal employed their usual techniques to try to shield Candland. First they use humor to act like they might really criticize him, then they claim they learned the “facts” from some mythical “birdies” in county government (who for the most part have never existed), then they try to distract the reader by attacking someone else. They commonly use Marty Nohe as that distraction, but in this case the cabal focused again on School Board Chair Ryan Sawyers, since it was Sawyers who found the $3 million to bring to the table.
When you strip away all the irrelevancies from Upstream Consulting’s Mac Haddow and Quality Business Engineering’s (QBE) Pete Candland, you find that the cabal avoided the fundamental question at the heart of the issue.
Why wasn’t Supervisor Pete Candland willing to meet about an opportunity to save taxpayers $3 million and probably tens of thousands more in field maintenance? Was it because he didn’t want to let a potential political rival get credit for saving taxpayers money? Or was it because he had an undisclosed affiliation with a rival organization?
The Haddow-Candland cabal would have you believe that since supervisors don’t get to directly decide on the use or maintenance of fields, Candland was irrelevant to this issue. What do they think the public’s been smoking? Since he and Haddow came on the scene in 2011 Candland has not hesitated to get directly into the minutia of county staff business. We have only to look at his most recent attacks on the potential expenditure of a few hundred thousand dollars on a school outside his district in a budget of $1 billion. No one would expect him to just make something like this happen, but does he really expect us to believe that the contribution of $3 million for four artificial turf fields and tens of thousands of dollars in maintenance savings IN HIS DISTRICT is too small-dollar for his attention.
We recently learned that Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson was also approached about this issue. She was willing to meet, but indicated that since the fields were in Supervisor’s Candland’s district he should be approached first and she would get involved if and when Supervisor Candland invited her. As we know, he declined even to meet.
The implications seem clear from both the facts and the cabal’s reaction on their blog. As many have expected, even known, all along, the Candland cabal’s commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility is skin deep. It applies solely to what they can use to their political advantage, not for the betterment of the community. In this case, Candland declined to entertain a savings of more than $3 million to the taxpayer, and four quality fields for his community, because of political partisanship and a conflict of interest due to his affiliation with a rival organization.