(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. And what about politicians who themselves repeatedly attack private citizens?

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...

So how is this oh-so-not-so-clever deceitfulness not just that?

She wins!

But oops, lost the vote in her own neighborhood.

(Chrysler Museum precinct).


A Big Ayn Rand Fan

It was on the conservative talk radio John Fredericks Show (minute 1:33 into her second appearance on that show) that she revealed that she's a huge Ayn Rand fan! — just like Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, etc., and so much so that she even named a kid after one of the forcefully manly characters (here Gary Cooper plays "don't take no for an answer" Howard Rourk) in one of Ms. Rand's forcefully manly novels. Lest you think Ms. Rand's seduction scene was a tad abrupt, here's the subtle beginning of the the romance in The Fountainhead: The Quarry Scene (there's something about a guy with a jackhammer).

Her second appearance on the show:



You see, Ms. Rand dwelled full-bore in an anti-feminist mindset, though some modern-day self-proclaimed feminists seem to have embraced her "philosophy," Objectivism.

Some prime Rand quotes:

“I’m a male chauvinist."

"I am profoundly anti-feminist because it’s a phony movement.”

“She [a female president] would become the most unfeminine, sexless, metaphysically inappropriate, and rationally revolting figure of all: a matriarch.”

Our local Rand-loving pol even claimed (minutes 1:39 and 2:47 into her first appearance on the John Fredericks Show) that one of the reasons she was moved to run for high office was that she was "personally" told by a former mayor of Norfolk that she could not stand up and speak longer than the alotted three minutes (this writer happened to have been at that meeting of the City Council and witnessed that the mayor treated her with the same courteousy that he treated all speakers).

Ms. Rand, too, would surely have chafed at such a constraint on her personal freedoms. Nevertheless, years after this Ayn Rand fan got herself elected to City Council, has this time limit or the Council's turn-off-the-camera policy changed?


Her first appearance on the show:


John Fredericks, Trump-true conspiracy theorist



On the Losing Side of a Neighborhood Issue

Her church, Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, had a grandiose idea, an ultra modernistic glass structure right next to its Gothic Revival cathedral, which was built in 1910. But neighbors in the Historic District didn't approve, so they went to court, and in 2008 they stopped it. Even though old houses in the Historic District should not be demolished willy-nilly, before the final resolution by the court, the church tore down its 100-year-old Guild House, which the new structure was to replace. The original idea was that the church would build a replica of the Guild House across the street from the new glass-and-steel edifice, but just like the new structure, the replica never appeared.

Don't know how involved she was in the demolition decision, but she was quoted in the local news: "It's [the lawsuit's] cruelly and negatively affected our ability to maintain and restore our buildings."

Is tearing down a historic building a proper way to "maintain and restore" it?

Virginian-Pilot photo, February 27, 2008



On the Losing Side of Another Neighborhood Issue

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

— or all talk and no results

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, though whenever she talked about that survey, she never seemed to point out its most relevant finding, namely that only 23% of respondents wanted the locks to remain on the bridge:


She called the 31.5% of people who "hate" the locks a "critical mass" (yes, that's the way her push poll of a survey was worded). But the real critical mass was the 77% of people who did not think the locks should remain on the bridge. As we shall see later, she seems to have a thing for labeling people "haters."

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

— A. McClellan (Facebook)

"Don't we need this now more than ever?"

But after all the talk, time (well over a year 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 become "more prominent"?


Privileged Online Indignation

This haughty rant against challenged elementary school kids

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



Small-Time Abuse of Power — but still not right

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

Punishing new neighbors — and even a coverup?



Dissing neighbors for opposing "love locks"

on the Hague pedestrian bridge


Damage to benches on bridge occurred April 27, 2014,

soon after the vandaistic locks appeared:



While the neighbors' 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 of the annual Fourth of July fireworks downtown from someone's house.

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 in Virginia for users of a public way (for esample, the bridge) to remove such locks or other obstructions.

Also, over 200 of her neighbors ("All the neighbors with whom I've talked like the locks," really?) signed a petition stating that they "DO NOT LIKE" the locks and asking the Norfolk City Council to remove them ASAP.

So what lofty matter does this City Council member choose to "bitch about" (her expression) next...?



"The lady doth protest too much" — about HATE?

Yikes, someone dropped a dime on her "no hate" sign!

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

Her Facebook post:

NOTE: Did she mean to say "HATER gonna call someone else a HATER"? Curiously, the alleged "hater" waited 5 months to drop a dime on her "no hate" sign. Are haters normally that patient? Don't they usually pounce post haste? — usually on social media


Rest of her Facebook 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 for her yard?

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


By the way, it's illegal for politicians to block unfavorable comments on their Facebook pages:

Can politicians block negative comments on their social media accounts?

Even a Virginia judge has ruled that local politicians can't.

But is this local pol even worth it?





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