The Muckraker has received an anonymous letter from someone or some group raising concerns about the participation of Mac Haddow on the Prince William County Strategic Planning Team. We have tried unsuccessfully to determine the author of the letter. It is obviously solely an expression of opinion, but we have confirmed with a number of participants and observers that the views contained are shared by others, including by some bodies with whom the Strategic Planning group has met. Among the latter are those who feel that the group is pursuing agendas argued in the past by Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland and Mac Haddow himself.
Essentially, the letter argues that Haddow is attempting to dominate the group and transform its mission. Rather than identifying citizen priorities for the next four years, it is alleged that he is instead trying to turn the group into an investigating fact-finding body that seeks to root out what he determines is local government corruption (if true we find great irony in this given Haddow’s past and his leadership of a cabal we believe to be at the heart of a great deal of corruption in Prince William County). In particular, the letter asserts that Haddow has been attempting to convince the group that the Strategic Plan process is actually an attempt by the county staff and colluding county agencies to manipulate the Board of County Supervisors and county citizens into raising taxes.
We’ve always been troubled by the penchant for some on the Board of Supervisors to appoint members of their staff to citizen groups. To us that seems to retard true citizen input and instead reflects a desire to monitor or steer the process. Those who wish to view the letter and draw their own conclusions may view an excerpt of it here (parts have been blocked by the provider to whom the letter was sent and who forwarded the letter to us). You may also follow the activities of the Prince William County Strategic Planning Team here.