Is it a coincidence that Benedict Arnold betrayed his country and last week Ken Reid betrayed his biggest supporters, his long time friends and confidants, and his county, when he vote for the Silver Line extension into Loudoun County? Like Benedict Arnold, Ken knew exactly what his vote meant to his county and its future. No one knew the history of metro, WMATA and WMAA, and their long term effects, better than Ken Reid. Because he knew so much history of metro, its long term effects on the DC area, and its every growing costs, those closest to Ken knew that there was no way that Ken would vote to impose metro on Loudoun county. More than any other supervisor, Ken knew better. And yet he did it. Why did he betray his supporters and his county? We’ll probably never know the full story, but it has doomed Ken’s political future. People will not support those who they cannot trust.
In addition to behavioral resemblances between Ken Reid and Benedict Arnold there’s also a strong physical resemblance. Coincidence? I think not.