The Haddow-Candland Cabal and WWJD

On May 26, we exposed the involvement of Mac Haddow in the predecessor character assassination blog to the Sheriff, the Gainesville Truth Squad. Haddow, as we’ve mentioned before, is Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland’s appointee to the County Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Joint Gainesville-Brentsville Budget Committee, sometime Supervisor Pete Candland staffer, spouse and father-in-law of sometime Pete Candland staffers, board member of a nonprofit supporting Pete Candland’s “efforts”, mentor to Candland, de facto leader of the Haddow-Candland cabal, and, we believe, chief architect of the character assassination smear blog, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

As you might recall from that post, multiple parties reported that back in 2011 when the Gainesville Truth Squad blog was set up, Haddow revealed to them that he had a friend set it up while he essentially provided the content. We knew at that time the name of the friend in question, but chose not to publish it because as far as we could tell the person has not done anything similar since and may have in his own way been a victim of Haddow’s actions. A commentator on our site printed the person’s name, but we edited it out.

As a result of that May 26 post multiple parties sent comments (that we did not publish) that included a link to what they felt was a relevant online article about Haddow. We had never seen the article before, but have posted it below. Although it is available freely online, we have again blocked out the name of the other party. After you read the article for yourself, we’ll comment on what troubles us so much about it. You’ll see that the article describes what we have no reason to doubt was a genuine and sincere spiritual and religious conversion, quite moving in its own way.

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As we said in introducing the article, this appears to be a genuine and sincere spiritual moment not just for an individual, but for an entire family, guided by Mac Haddow. What shocks us is how “Brother Haddow” has used this relationship, whether before or after the conversion experience.

For you see, the individual involved whose name we blocked out is the same individual that multiple parties reported Haddow acknowledged set up for him the character assassination blog, the Gainesville Truth Squad. This blog, as we reported back in May, was established during Pete Candland’s Republican nominating contest in 2011 to attack and smear his opponents. Once Candland secured the Republican nomination, it was used to vilify Democratic candidate, Ann Wheeler.

Here was an individual over whom “Brother Haddow” obviously had influence as a mentor and spiritual guide. What did “Brother Haddow” do with that power? He used it to draw the individual into establishing a nefarious, hate-filled, character assassination vehicle that was designed to elevate Pete Candland politically, and thus by extension Mac “whatever he wants” Haddow.

Since this involves a Christian conversion experience, let’s apply the Christian “what would Jesus do” principle to this situation. This is like Jesus telling one of his disciples to go out and stone people. We find it as distasteful as anything we’ve learned about Haddow, and it unambiguously shows, in our opinion, the ethical desert in which the Haddow-Candland cabal operates. They are bereft of limits. To them, using religious and spiritual influence over someone to involve them in — even have them be the front person in — hate-filled, false, character assassination attacks on other people for political gain is perfectly acceptable. It tells almost everything one needs to know about the Haddow-Candland cabal and their poisonous approach to seeking power in Prince William County.

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7 comments on “The Haddow-Candland Cabal and WWJD

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    This made me want to vomit.

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    I don’t know anything about Mormonism but I doubt they would look on Haddow’s conduct as something to be commended if they knew about it. My minister would be very upset if he heard I had brought someone into the church and used them in this way.

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    I knew it was only a matter of time before this article showed up. As a Mormon, I want everyone to know that Mac Haddow’s actions are not representative of how we feel people should be treated and most of us would not condone his actions past and present or use influence in the manner he has.

    [Editors Note: Everyone has been well-behaved so far, but this comment is as good a time as any to make the point that we will not post comments that disparage a faith group. As our post makes clear, we think Mac Haddow’s use of his influence is particularly egregious in this instance given that it involves religion and spiritual matters, but the fault lies with him. You’ve all been respectful and appropriate so far. Let’s keep it that way.]

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    How can anyone think that what Mac did was somehow okay or justifiable?

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    and it just gets creepier.

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    I bet the SoN blog is like someone stuck a stick in an ant hill.

    The will definitely be stirred up and swarming.

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    “Being a mailman on a quiet rural route” was the kicker. Someone on SoN left a message talking about this situation.

    Some of us don’t miss these trigger phrases. Yet another link.

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