Earlier I wrote an article asking how Stimpson could claim to be anti-establishment when she is close to Howell and Allen. Some people replied that a picture with Howell doesn’t prove the two are close. You know, people get their pictures taken with other politicians all the time.
It seems that picture with Howell, was more like a photo shoot, that was used for a joint mailer in the Spring of 2012. The following pictures are scans of a mailer Howell and Stimpson authorized together which makes it clear that they have a close political relationship.
A flyer like this sure isn’t cheap. It uses phrases like “Bill Howell and Susan Stimpson Stafford’s leadership team,” “As Stafford County’s leadership team, Bill Howell and Susan Stimpson are working together…,” and “Delegate Bill Howell and Supervisor Susan Stimpson, Virginia and Stafford County: Moving Forward together.” A joint flyer sent when their is no upcoming election shows just how close the two elected officials are. There is no reason to send a flyer like this unless they were both very close and wanted to make it clear to everyone.
Also this is the same Bill Howell who recently pushed through a massive tax increase. This mailer was also created at the same time frame when Bill Howell was making it clear that Delegates should refrain from introducing bills dealing with social issues in the following session of the General Assembly.
If Stimpson works hard to make it clear she is Howell’s governing ally, maybe she will be part of Howell’s governing team if we elect her to Richmond. Stimpson worked hard to make it clear that she is Howell’s teammate in governing. I’ll believe her.
Now, maybe Stimpson wanted to send out a joint mailer with Howell when neither was running for office, even though she disagrees strongly with him. Politicians do that all the time…. Or maybe not….
I decided I would see if there was a financial connection between Stimpson and Howell. What I found on VPAP was shocking. Bill Howell made a $6,191 in-kind donation paying for a mailing, endorsement piece, media purchase, and door hangers. More than that he let Stimpson borrow Howell’s campaign manager, an in-kind donation worth $8,000. Yes, Bill Howell hired a campaign manager, and then had him spend most of his time running Stimpson’s campaign in order to get her elected to the Board of Supervisors. Politicians only share staff with someone they are very close to. Sharing a campaign manager is as close as any two people can be. For someone who won her seat with 50.07% of the vote, she practically owes her seat to Bill Howell’s support. It also shows that they had an incredibly close relationship before she was ever an elected official.
If you believe that someone who goes out of her way to tell people she is Howell’s partner, and owes her seat to Howell will stand up to him…. Well I have some ocean front property for you in Arizona.