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Sharon McDonald needs to go

So says The Virginian-Pilot:

McDonald, elected in 2009 to a fourth four-year term, is either defiant or oblivious to the wishes of her constituents to a degree unprecedented in recent memory. Or she just doesn’t care enough to do the right thing. Or she thought nobody would notice.

Regardless, the only conclusion that reasonably follows is that McDonald doesn’t want any more time in office. Voters should oblige her at the first opportunity.

What prompted this editorial was this story in Saturday’s paper. (The website doesn’t do it justice. Take a look at how it appeared in the paper – above the fold in the Hampton Roads section.) I guess enough is enough for the newspaper.

The Pilot didn’t mention it but voters do not have to wait until November 2013 to remove McDonald. Constitutional officers, such as McDonald, cannot be recalled. They can, however, be removed. The provision is in § 24.2-233. (An explanation of the process is in § 24.2-235.)

In the meantime, can somebody in the General Assembly introduce a bill to outlaw such nepotism?

UPDATE: Included the accompanying editorial cartoon from today’s printed paper (click to enlarge).

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13 thoughts on “Sharon McDonald needs to go

  1. “Sharon McDonald … is an elected constitutional officer and her hiring policies are not subject to city oversight.”
    TO WHOM IS SHE RESPONSIBLE? PLS GIVE NAME AND POSITION AND EMAIL ADDRESS–SO WE CAN WRITE AND EXPRESS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PROTEST (OR SUPPORT?) HER BEHAVIOR.
    Thanks, G. Cooper

    • If you come up with that, let me know.

      For years the state has said they don’t control the Commissioner, the city says they don’t control the Commissioner, so she believes no one controls. The only body that can reverse a decision she makes and the only body that can remove her, before an election is the Norfolk Circuit Court.

  2. Doug, don’t be fooled. They endorsed Rigell only because they were ticked at Glenn Nye for voting against their pet issues. Had Nye vote for Obama’s stuff, they would’ve endorsed him in a heartbeat.

  3. The cartoon is priceless!!! Thanks Walt Taylor for huge LAUGH OUT LOUD!!! Reminds me of the Christmas tree ornament we found for our middle child many years ago…it read, “Dear Santa, Define Good”. Guess with Sharon McDonald, we need to define when!!!

  4. Yes, Virginia Consitutional officers are pretty much a law unto themselves, accountable only to the voters. And some of them, such as clerks of the circuit cort, aren’t accountable even to the voters very frequently, every eight years.

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