When I let it be known that I was considering a run for the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors, Jon Russell, the chairman of the local Republican party, wanted me to run as a Republican. I was given a deadline to respond to his request.
After much consideration, I decided to run as an independent. I consider myself a Republican and I support conservative values, but I felt that as a supervisor I needed to represent everyone in my district, and it seemed to me a party label would hinder that objective. Russell’s response was “that’s fine, but we will run someone against you.”
He found Nate Clancy.
Clancy is by all accounts a good and decent person. I have no reason to doubt that, but I am also aware that good people can be led astray by those with an agenda.
This past week, in a desperate move to save a losing campaign, Clancy allowed political hacks to send out a misleading and unscrupulous attack on me.
The attack was in a mailer sent to 4,000 households. In it, Clancy claims I support taxpayer-funded solar power because I support property rights for farmers—including the right to lease to solar-power companies. He claims I have family connections with solar-power companies.
In fact, my wife works one day a week as a bookkeeper for a property owner who applied for a solar permit. Because of that, I recused myself from a vote on the issue, because I thought it the ethical thing to do. The mailer twists that into something sinister, suggesting I cannot vote on solar-power issues.
It is sad to see this in the Culpeper I love. I hope voters will reject the mudslinging of political hacks.