Saturday, February 01, 2014

Jon Russell is running for Culpeper, VA city council.

Not content with having done a great job of screwing up Washougal, WA while he was an anchor around that city council's neck, Jon Russell, who utilized psychotic fake identities and who exaggerated... repeatedly... his resume' until I busted him... repeatedly... for doing so... now feels compelled to pollute the city council of Culpeper, VA.
Russell, whose tenure on the Washougal city council was marked by the disappearance of tens of thousands of city dollars, the Stacee Sellers scandal, division and controversy, not to mention his multiple and moronic attempts to get out of Washougal via higher office, including getting clobbered during both his congressional AND state representative run still has the political snake hanging from his jugular, and he wants to become somebody, no matter how many cities he has to screw up to get there:
Russell, finally, leaves.  
For an extended period of time (several months), Jon Russell had been skipping many of the the city council meetings that he had a duty to attend, since he was an elected Washougal City Councilman.
No longer. 
Jon Russell has finally done what he SHOULD have done months ago, and left the city council.
Here's my review of his political tenure:
The Columbian referred to Russell's time on the council as "controversial."
That's much like accurately describing the editors of the Columbian and their editorial page as "leftist."  While correct as a label, it really doesn't come close to a complete description, nor does it lend itself to the flavor of a pattern of immaturity, deceit and dishonesty that marked Russell's campaigns and his use of Washougal as a prop on his way up the political ladder.
I first met Russell after he'd come out here back in '04 to handle the SW Washington area HROC gig... which was his first disaster.  In '04, then Rep. Jim Dunn (R-17) had been given a kind of "persona-non-gratia" status by Republican Leader Rep. Richard DeBolt (R-20) and Russell's marching orders were to defeat him in the primary.
Russell worked the campaign of then candidate, now first term State Representative Paul Harris (R-17) (Third time was the charm) and it looked like Harris was going to win going away until Russell sent out a mailer for Harris that changed everything as it attacked Dunn for his age and his weight among other things... and Harris lost.
Russell also interfaced with the Richard Curtis campaign that I consulted on.  Ultimately, his efforts proved to be equally disastrous and both Curtis and I worked to, and ultimately was successful in, getting any further involvement in our campaign by Russell ended.
For example, Russell's second phone call to me was a request for Pam Brokaw's social security number, Brokaw being the opponent of our candidate.
I did not have that number, didn't want it and didn't need it.  I told Russell that we didn't play politics that way and that we were going to win this fair and square, without engaging in tactics that required an opponent's social security number.
Since that time, I've watched Russell locally.  He's engaged in a pattern of political dirty tricks including multiple fake names and handles that enabled him to, typically, attack political opponents, even after his appointment to the Washougal city council, while protecting his true identity.
He made up information about his wife as a "doctor."  He repeatedly lied about his education, making up fake degrees.
Russell, an alleged conservative, worked on the Port of Vancouver levy on the "for" side, advocating for what would have been the biggest tax increase in this area's history.
He steadfastly refused to take responsibility for any of the Stacee Sellers debacle, and had no knowledge over the subsequent disappearance of $100,000 in city funds even though he chaired the city finance committee.
He made up fake facebook identities that leaned toward small, petite blond women (Teacher Judy Banks and Jessica Bowen)  had surrogates engage in personal attacks (One of Jon's minions went so far as to attempt to get me kicked off the board of a charitable organization in Idaho)
His campaigns, efforts to get out of Washougal all, included a disastrous, unsuccessful run at the 3rd District Congressional seat; now, unfortunately, held by Jaime Herrera... and then a run at the open 18th District House seat that had been held by Herrera as she vacated to move up to Congress.
I'm hearing a wide variety of other interesting rumors in the political game concerning candidates in the upcoming election... but don't have quite enough to go to web, yet. 
That said, there's an entire blog devoted to Russell's antics, Jon Russell Watch. 
Check it out for more details.
One thing that I appreciate: with Jon Russell's departure to the other side of the country, I can be less concerned about continuing on as a PCO.  Russell was the only reason I wanted the gig... and with him leaving... well, it's going to be interesting.
So, underlying Russell's departure was a sense of relief on the part of many, including me. 
Now, Russell is attacking the current city council on his blog over the minutia where he thinks he can show both his superior knowledge and superior grasp of policy.
Here are the posts in question:

Saturday, January 25, 2014

In May of 2013, the Culpeper Town Council voted 7 to 2 in favor of increasing the town's meals tax.
Some estimates show the increase places Culpeper in the top 15% highest meals tax in Virginia. The meals tax increase is to generate $500,000 annually and will pay debt service on the town’s two-year-old police station and the inner loop road construction. 
However, when this tax increase was passed, the town had a $700,000 surplus from the 2012 general budget. The meals tax disproportionately hits people on a fixed income and as a result reduces the number of people able to eat in our local restaurants. 
I recently had a restaurant owner explain his frustration this way:
"They are taxing my customers to pay for a by-pass that will take customers around my business. This doesn't make sense" 
Another restaurant owner expressed a similar concern:
"I just started providing sandwiches for my customers about the same time as this meals tax increase hit. It has made my sandwiches too expensive for some people."
The common sense solution to this problem is for the council to repeal the the meals tax increase and put money back in the pockets of our citizens. This was obviously an overreach by the town and one that can be easily rectified.
Of course, it's likely that the anonymous restaurant owners are figments of Russell's imagination, given that he's done that... repeatedly.... before.  But that's not the point.

This is an effort by a guy who wants to whip up anger against incumbents, and then pick one off so he can get the gig... which has been his angle in Culpeper all along.

Fake people is the kind of thing he does.

Shortly after that snivelfest, he comes up with additional posts in a similar vein dated the 27th, the 29th, and the 30th.
This is a guy setting the table to run for city council.  And this blog is going to do all it can to inform the people of Culpeper exactly what they're getting.

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