It’s certainly been an eventful week in the never-ending effort by the Loudoun GOP to capture the hearts and minds of the citizenry, regardless of their race, religion, or quaint ideas they may hold about decency and ethical conduct.
First we had local Republican party chair John Whitbeck doing his part to promote recognition of Loudoun County around the world, though perhaps in not quite the way our all-Republican Board of Supervisors had in mind with its “economic development” sales pitches (“Relocate your business to Loudoun County . . . Home of the Internet, the Redskins, and pogroms!”).
Then there was Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) taking another mighty surge forward toward the coveted Dumbest Supervisor award with her revelation that she had considered filing a lawsuit to challenge, on “equal protection” grounds, the “abhorrent” law that bars Loudoun supervisors from voting on land use decisions that could benefit any party that has made a political contribution to them in the previous 12 months, thereby upholding her sacred constitutional right to engage in the same unethical and corrupt behavior that other Virginia officials get to.
And then to top it off, we had the very businesslike Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) proposing to have the county save millions of dollars that it throws away at present permitting county employees to take sick leave, which is really just a form of paid goofing off: “If you do away with sick [leave], people don’t call in and lie and say I have a headache on a nice sunny Friday morning,” Buona explained.
But getting back to Topic A: to the surprise of no one who has observed political ineptness over the years, Whitbeck finally issued a grudging apology on Saturday for the “joke” he told last week at a campaign event for GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the punchline of which was that Jews are such crass money-grubbers they are still trying to collect on the bill for the Last Supper.
This brought our fair county attention from such far-flung places as New York Magazine (“Virginia Republican not trying real hard for Jewish vote”) and the Jerusalem Post (“Va. GOP official refuses to apologize for anti-Semitic joke”), plus the usual nervous but mealy-mouthed disavowals from other GOP officials, including Cuccinelli and Congressman Frank Wolf, both of whom said Whitbeck’s joke was “inappropriate.”
Just for the record, “inappropriate” is using one’s dinner fork on the salad course, not retailing a piece of anti-Semitism so vile that, as even the conservative leaning Richmond Times-Dispatch editorialized, it “would have excited the mob at a Nuremberg rally.” But never mind. Whitbeck finally got the message that it was not just liberals and Democrats generating “manufactured outrage” (as he earlier claimed) over his little pleasantry, and tweeted (what better way to show you care) that he was very sorry he had offended “anyone” who didn’t understand he meant no harm and that he was just trying to strike a “lighthearted” note. (Those Jews never did have a sense of humor, did they?)
Speaking of ethics and of not getting it, the minutes to the Loudoun County Republican Committee’s meeting last month at which they passed their resolution denouncing the all-Republican Board of Supervisor’s censure of Paragon of Virtue Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) are now available, including the roll call of the vote: the resolution, which demands that the supervisors reverse their censure vote and restore Eugene’s control of his office budget that he had been using for personal and political gain, passed by a 2 to 1 margin, with Republican Tea Party state delegate candidate David LaRock among those voting “aye.”
Good to know that, along with Suzanne Volpe and Eugene himself, LaRock will add another voice to the GOP fight for ethics in government if elected!