May Campaign Ploy Backfires

Who is Freedom Works?  It appears that Delegate Joe May does not know; for he has mistaken them for the LaRock campaign.  There is a difference.  LaRock is running a local grass roots campaign, seeking to unseat 20 year political veteran Joe May on a challenger’s budget.  Freedom Works is the goliath of conservative grassroots organizations.

Founded in 1984, FreedomWorks is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has hundreds of thousands of grassroots volunteers nationwide. Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO.

FreedomWorks members know that government goes to those who show up, and are leading the fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.

LaRock has put together a fine campaign — but mistaking it for Freedom Works smacks of desperation.  Joe May proudly announced on his facebook page, that three members of the LaRock campaign were served with trespassing warrants.  Having someone served with such a warrant is easier than getting a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich — so what is there to crow about Joe?  Not knowing who you sic-ed the cops on is certainly nothing to crow about Joe.

The plot thickens when one actually takes the time to talk to the people from Freedom Works.  John Trent was one of the three Freedom Works grassroots workers who were served with the trespassing warrants.  The episode began last Friday around noon.  John and two others from Freedom Works were putting up signs.  They noticed someone was taking down the signs they had just put up; that someone turned out to be Joe May’s campaign manager, Jon Conradi!

Freedom Works entered the Joe May campaign headquarters in Purceville and asked Conradi if he knew anything about the missing signs.  This was Conradi’s chance to come clean but he opted for the other road and feigned ignorance.  At this point Trent told Conradi that they all saw him take the signs down; Conradi’s response was to throw them out of the office.  Trent and his compatriots complied and left the building.  Conradi followed them outside and threatened to have their vehicle towed.

At this point Trent and his companions just wanted the campaign signs back and were speaking to another witness who also saw the signs being stolen by Conradi.   It was during this time that Conradi called the Purceville Police.  Officer Hood arrived shortly thereafter, took statements from Trent and his Freedom Works co-workers regarding the theft of the signs, and as per the request of the May Campaign, Officer Hood did issue the trespassing warrants.   Critically, Officer Hood also entered the May Campaign Office and retrieved the stolen signs!

There are several unanswered questions at this point: 

  1. Did Joe May instruct Jon Conradi to take those signs?
  2. Did Joe May know that the people who entered his campaign office were from Freedom Works?
  3. Would Joe May knowingly disseminate a falsehood that David LaRock’s campaign was involved?
  4. Why is the May Campaign picking a fight with Freedom Works?
  5. Why is Jon Conradi stealing signs, in broad daylight?

The May campaign needs to get its facts straight.  They are sacrificing Joe’s good name on the alter of re-election.  At one time no one would think Joe would take part in such seedy tactics.  After the mud slinging of the past few months, the campaign signs being stolen or vandalized, all such illusions are now gone.  What happened to Joe?


17 thoughts on “May Campaign Ploy Backfires

  1. It looks like the May campaign has struck again in Lovettsville. Several days ago Freedom Works put numerous of their red signs for LaRock in and around Lovettsville. Last night someone took them ALL down, at least 20 signs. In fact, every LaRock sign has disappeared from Lovettsville. Every. Single. Sign. Funny thing, all the Joe May signs are still up.

    This has to stop. May needs to tell Conradi and the rest of his staff to stop stealing LaRock signs. It’s quite obvious to everyone what they’re doing. And it’s wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s also illegal. We are so disappointed in Joe May.

  2. Someone needs to set up video cams on LaRock’s signs and see who has been vandalizing them! I was driving down what I think was Rt.7 and a large Dave LaRock sign was slashed as if by a knife. It was a large one with white background and these signs are expensive not to mention it is illegal to damage property like that.

    I was so frosted by someone defacing this sign that I wanted to go to the store and get some kind of tape and come back to fix it, but I afraid May or someone on his campaign would have me arrested or frisked or interrogated or worse.

    Seriously people ~ vandalizing signs, issuing NO Trespass Warrants? Why stop there? Heck, who knows, May might just send police to search the homes of the LaRock staff next too.

    Look out folks, May is sending the Drones to a town near you!

  3. Why would anyone be surprised that Joe May’s campaign manager, Jon Conradi, would be less than ethical, lacking in manners and morals? Joe’s campaign consultant Corry Bliss is a nasty guy, without ethics and without morals. Just ask anyone who has hired him. He’s the best in the political style of do whatever it takes to win, regardless. Bliss has worked for Joe May since 2009. Joe likes the guy. No accounting for taste. When Bliss ran Linda McMahon’s campaign in Connecticut last year. He hired Jon Conradi. Bliss trained him. Conradi learned at the knee of Corry Bliss. When Joe May needed a campaign manager he knew just who to ask for a recommendation. He knew that Corry Bliss could recommend someone with all the same ruthless, immoral, nasty, often illegal, campaign skills that he has. Bliss knew exactly who to recommend for the job, the young man he had mentored and trained, Jon Conradi. No one should be surprised that Conradi stole the signs, and then lied about it. No one should be surprised that he’s continuing to rip up and steal Dave LaRock signs or that the campaign is mailing daily lies about Dave LaRock. Conradi will do whatever he has to do to win. That’s what he was taught from Joe’s buddy, Corry Bliss.

    It’s no wonder that Mike Ferris finally had to take a side. When he saw the kind of campaign that Bliss and Conradi are running, he had to endorse Dave LaRock. Ferris is a moral and ethical man. He couldn’t stand on the sidelines and watch the behavior of May and his people and not speak out against them.

    May is responsible for hiring Bliss and Conradi, and for their behavior. We’re watching someone who we thought was good man revealing himself as just another pol who will do whatever it takes to win. That’s just sad. We deserve better.

  4. Does anyone see the irony with regard to the sign issue? I read this today on the Loudountimes.com site. It appears LaRock can remove signs that violate regulations, but he and his supporters can also post signs that do the same??? What gives Mr. LaRock

    Wed, Jun 05 at 12:59 PM by AnswersPlease | Report this comment

    Like many, I have recieved the daily fliers regarding this election. I am not into negative campaigning, but I also like to be informed on all the issues at hand. It does seem that Mr. LaRock has some questions to answer for the 33rd.

    The interesting thing about the “sign issue” is irony that ties the comments above, about said subject together.
    – one person noted “David acting more quickly than our own zoning office”.
    – another notes he is acting above the law
    – another doesn’t like his gigantic “shouting signs”

    1. Like it or not, there is a store, similar to the one the sign in question was advertising, in downtown Leesburg across from the Courthouse. Has LaRock undertaken his vigilante justice on that store yet? – better watch out.
    2. The gigantic signs that LaRock has all over the county are in fact a violation of the zoning ordinance and the smaller ones in the VDOT right away are a VDOT violation.

    Could one conclude that Mr. LaRock, who wants to go to Richmond to help change laws, thinks he has a right to take the law into his own hands when he feel the government won’t act, yet at the same time he violates the same laws? I think so.For clarification purposes:
    From the County of Loudoun:

    Loudoun County’s zoning ordinance provisions require anyone interested in displaying signs on the roadways within the county to obtain a zoning permit. Once the permit is obtained, signs not exceeding four-square-feet may be placed on private property (any parcel of record) upon consent of the property owner. Large billboard type signs are not permitted in accordance with current zoning ordinance provisions. For additional information regarding the sign permit process, please contact Marsha Keim, Zoning Permit Division, 703-777-0648.

    No signs are permitted in a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) right-of-way. Under an agreement with VDOT, Loudoun County removes all signs that have been placed within VDOT rights-of-way. For additional information regarding the sign collection program, please contact Roger Carroll, Zoning Enforcement, 703-737-8818.

    1. Not quite dear. May’s people are removing signs in Lovettsville that are on private property. There is no law that says that’s legal. May’s signs remain up in Lovettsville, all LaRock signs have been removed.

      The fact is, Dave LaRock was never arrested for anything. He was issued a summons, similar to a traffic ticket. Joe May continues to lie about what happened, but we’ve come to expect that.

      The lingerie store in Leesburg is nothing like the adult porno store in WV. If you visit both of the websites, you will see the vast difference between the two stores.

      It’s remains illegal to have a sign in Virginia advertising a business out of state.

  5. To be clear. I am ot saying that citizens removing signs from others private property is right. If that is what Joe May supporters are doing, that is wrong.
    Facts:
    * According to reports and his comments, Dave LaRock removed a sign from private property because he did not like it and it violated county regulations.
    * Dave LaRock’s large signs placed on private property on Route 9, Route 704, Route & business are all in violation of the county zoning regulations as well.

    He cannot choose to enforce regulations on others and not abide by them himself. That just isn’t right. He is running to represent the 33rd in the legislative process, yet isn’t displaying those characteristics which he says are needed. Instead, his actions portray him as a hypocritical above the law elitist.

    The only difference in those stores in subtleness in adverstising. This prior article differs with your assessment as well.

    http://www.tbd.com/blogs/amanda-hess/2011/01/leesburg-adult-shop-conversation-on-sex-7173.html

  6. To be clear. I am not saying that citizens removing signs from others private property is right. If that is what Joe May supporters are doing, that is wrong.
    Facts:
    * According to reports and his comments, Dave LaRock removed a sign from private property because he did not like it and it violated county regulations.
    * Dave LaRock’s large signs placed on private property on Route 9, Route 704, Route & business are all in violation of the county zoning regulations as well.

    He cannot choose to enforce regulations on others and not abide by them himself. That just isn’t right. He is running to represent the 33rd in the legislative process, yet isn’t displaying those characteristics which he says are needed. Instead, his actions portray him as a hypocritical above the law elitist.

    The only difference in those stores in subtleness in adverstising. This prior article differs with your assessment as well.

    http://www.tbd.com/blogs/amanda-hess/2011/01/leesburg-adult-shop-conversation-on-sex-7173.html

  7. You’ll have to forgive us if we choose not to look at porno. But feel free to enjoy yourself. Most folks in western Loudoun aren’t into it.

  8. You were the one that suggested people visit the websites and compare them not me. Maybe you should remember what you wrote?

    1. Preston, my boy, you really must stop this sweetie.

      How’s the corn beef today? It wasn’t sliced quite as thin as I would prefer. I’ll have to check more closely next time. The coleslaw wasn’t very good either. Wegman’s does a much better job

  9. Trust me, the red herring is much worse.

    “Wow, he just ate her foot.” Editing fail, Jeanine?

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