Janet Clarke just wants to spend more time with her district

In the annals of politicians’ lame excuses, Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) seems to be vying with as-yet-undicted fellow supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) for the place of distinction on our all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors.

In her role as vice-chairman for the past year, Clarke has apparently been less than popular with her fellow board members, though part of the friction is no doubt due to Chairman Scott York’s well-known short fuse and condescending attitude toward women. Be that as it may, Clarke sent out a sudden “newsletter” three days ago announcing she will not be seeking to continue as vice-chairman (the position is elected by the nine board members themselves) for the remainder of her four-year term.

No politician in history has ever said, “I’m stepping down because I am a total failure,” of course, but Clarke offered a truly novel variation on the standard “I want to spend more time with my family” excuse: she said that the Blue Ridge District is 236 square miles and “it easily takes one hour to get from one end of the district to the other, which means quite a bit of time on the road to cover this expanse.”

With  Scott York’s equally sudden announcement last month that the Board would  henceforth be cutting 1 of its 3 business meetings a month you would think that might have freed up a bit of Ms. Clarke’s time to drive around “this expanse,” but apparently not.

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