(Playing with Power like a Pro)



The foibles of a private citizen should not be the subject of public discourse — unless those foibles insinuate themselves into the public domain. For example, if Anthony Weiner had limited the recipients of his sexting to consenting adults, and he was not a politician, then his sexting would indeed have been no one else's business. But — we all know the rest of that story.

Most of us have an embarrassing character flaw or two that we would just as soon keep private. But the politicians among us are people who deem themselves fit to have the power to make important decisions that will effect us all. When they choose to become politicians, they simultaneously choose to expose themselves to more public scrutiny than the rest of us, even scrutiny of things that might cause us to question their worthiness of the power that they crave.

So why do they become politicians in the first place? Psychologist David McClelland popularized the term"need for power (nPow)." In his theory a high need for power can have both positive and negative effects. With women, for example, it can make them more likely to indulge in relational aggression.



Inauspicious Beginning

Speaking of character...

She wins!

But oops! She lost the vote in her own neighborhood

(Chrysler Museum precinct).


Next time, a more formidable opponent?



On the Wrong Side of History

along with the rest of City Council

But nothing to be ashamed of. She's hardly the only grown woman to have been seduced by the "love lock" craze (see the lock scene from the Italian teen-angst romance novel/movie that started it all).

Court ruling that finally got the locks off the bridge

The judge pointed out that locking padlocks to a public bridge is ILLEGAL,

plus it is LEGAL for citizens to remove such locks — see City Code Sec. 42-10(b)

...and do politicians really want to explain under oath why they refused to uphold the law or even answer citizens' questions and complaints?

Bye bye, locks!



Champion of the Great New Lock Thing

Her most impressive idea/goal/accomplishment may be the Great New Lock Thing (aka "Andria's Folly" or "McClellan's Mess") for the former so-called love locks on the Hague pedestrian bridge, an expensive ($10,000 - $20,000!) sculpture for "lovers" to lock padlocks to. At least, she's squawked enough about it, after dissing those trying to remove the rusting eyesores from the bridge (see Facebook bullying below). She even christened the spot she chose for the Great New Thing (the shady stretch of walkway between Brambleton Avenue and the bridge) "The Love Grove" (her naming power will surely be evident on future maps of the area). She even took an online survey to prove the need for her Great New Lock Thing:



"All my neighbors with whom I've talked like the locks."

— A. McClellan (Facebook)

But after all the talk, time (a year and a half now), and meetings,

"Andria's Folly" has yet to materialize?



Too Mean for School — and Facebook?

Do mean girls grow up, or do they just get bigger?


Privileged Online Indignation

This haughty rant against challenged elementary school kids

reputedly got the budding politician kicked off the board of The Williams School.



Welcoming New Neighbors — NOT!

What she did as soon as she got herself appointed to the City Planning Commission

Abuse of Power — and a Coverup?



Dissing neighbors for opposing "love locks"

on the Hague pedestrian bridge

Damage to benches on bridge occurred April 27, 2014, soon after locks appeared:


NOTE: While the house in question seems to be neither the "skinniest" nor the "tallest building in the Hague," it does have the distinction of being an obstruction to the erstwhile view from her house of the annual Fourth of July fireworks downtown. Also, the Norfolk Circuit Court pointed out that putting locks in a public bridge is illegal (and Norfolk's Code of Ordinances agrees), while it is legal for citizens to remove such locks from any public wya, including that bridge. Also, over 200 of her neighbors signed a petition stating that they "DO NOT LIKE" the locks and asking the Norfolk City Council to remove them ASAP.

And what trivial matter does this member of City Council choose to "bitch about" (her expression) next...?



"HATER" drops a dime on her "NO HATE" sign!

#HYPOCRISY  #hate-R-us  #mean-girls-RULE!

The rest of the thread

Should a City Council member know (or care) about the laws of her City and know and understand her City's confidentiality policy, which encourages citizens to report signage and other violations to the City without having to dread the recriminations of the neighborhood mean girl?


A better sign?

Don't laugh till you've been on the receiving end of it.





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