The political business of the day in Loudoun County is called moral equivalence. And business is good.
The local Republican leadership waited a full two weeks to defend Sheriff Mike Chapman against a rebellion contravening party rules, presumably out of prudence and a need to gather all the facts. It is safe to assume, then, that those same leaders will wait another two weeks – until, say, June 8 – to defend Charlie King.
Let’s not do anything rash, please.
Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC) Chair Mike Haynes just issued a stern press release which is reprinted below the fold. In it, Haynes calls on former sheriff, former Republican, former Independent, newly-Republican and once again threatening-to-go Independent Steve Simpson, to please stick to the GOP “pledge” that Simpson just signed in order to vote at the LCRC Convention earlier this month.
To recap: Soon after the LCRC Convention results quashed the attempt of a GOP faction to take down Republican Sheriff Mike Chapman, Steve Simpson announced he was considering a run for sheriff as an Independent, despite having just rejoined the LCRC and supported Chapman’s challenger.
It became evident, and not very secret, that some in the anti-Chapman contingent of Republicans might be quietly celebrating Simpson’s entry. Voters need to have a choice, don’t ya know.
Response from the LCRC leadership about this open threat to reneg on the “pledge”? Not a peep.
Presumably Chapman was on his own.
Then yesterday, when Shawn Williams made noises about going back on HIS pledge, and joining the race for chairman, and dealing a very real threat to the head of the Republican ticket, Charlie King…. apparently alarms went off.
As they say in the vernacular: S–t just got real.
And the wink-wink at Steve Simpson became a little too hypocritical for comfort, apparently.
So before Haynes could fire off a press release chastising Shawn Williams – a press release that would pass the laugh test – someone must have whispered in his ear that he’d better, first, address that Steve Simpson fellow who was doing THE EXACT SAME THING two weeks ago.
Unfortunately you cannot back date a press release, but better late than never.
Mike Chapman finally got his party leadership’s support, and in a couple of weeks Haynes can issue a new press release, condemning Shawn Williams, that will not be met with a chorus of guffaws.
Here is the text of today’s LCRC press release.
Loudoun GOP Chairman Calls on Simpson to
Support the Republican Incumbent Mike Chapman
Today Loudoun County Republican Committee Chairman Mike Haynes called on Steve Simpson to support incumbent Sheriff and Republican nominee Mike Chapman.
“For the past few months Steve Simpson has been frequenting Loudoun Republican meetings, attending fundraisers and events and apparently trying to be part of the Republican Party again,” said Haynes. “For him to now be considering a run as an independent is very unfortunate and unacceptable.”
“Four years ago the voters of Loudoun County made a change in the Sheriff’s office and effectively removed Steve Simpson as Sheriff,” said Haynes. “At lease part of the reason for his removal was that a few years earlier he had lost the Republican primary and then ran as an independent. Being a Republican has to mean something and you can’t jump in and out of the Party to further your political career. Loudoun County voters want elected officials to stand for something and not just be in politics for selfish reasons.”
“Steve Simpson is more than welcome in the Party if he is going to support our nominees like he promised to do in writing only a few short weeks ago by signing the Delegate filing form. But if he is going to run for office as an independent we will make every effort to defeat him in November just as we will the Democrat in the race.”