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).