They could run. They could hide. But the people can still HEAR them.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors may have adjourned last week to a location where they couldn’t be filmed so residents couldn’t SEE them online or their local cable access TV channel. But as the Sheriff of Nottingham of Prince William County directs us, the audio recording of the session is now available. I previously stated that the Board was a disgrace. After hearing the way they conducted themselves, I would add the description “embarassment” to that.
Supervisor Pete Candland took the county attorney’s advice, despite his disagreement with her opinion and his having received two opinions from attorneys in support of his position, and utilized language supplied by her to address the concerns she expressed. No longer would the resolution require recusal, but merely disclosure when there is a conflict of interest. At the 12 minute mark, the motion failed due to the lack of a second. That should have been the end of it under Roberts Rules of Order (debate only begins after a motion has been seconded), but discussion ensued after the fact for another 20 minutes. So much for being sticklers for the rules.
However, those 20 minutes are as close to pure comic gold as you can get in local government. If you want a synopsis of it, just read the comments on the Sheriff’s blog. There are definitely some contenders for the Cringeworthy Hall of Shame in there…
UPDATE: Be sure to listen to the 3 minute Part 3 of the session for the utterly juvenile portion of the meeting.