Its a few days old, but this story just made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Because that's all you can do to surpress the outrage.
One by one, they cited their reasons for not being able to vote Tuesday on a routine zoning matter involving Inova Health Systems.
First went Sharon Bulova (D-At Large), the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, who said she was recusing herself because she’d received political contributions from people tied to Inova. Then Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) disclosed that she was comped a $389 ticket to Inova’s annual dinner gala. And Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) said he couldn’t vote because he’d also received political donations from hospital trustees.
By the time the roll was called, only three of the 10 supervisors voted on the proposal to open up three hospital day-care centers to the children of non-employees.
“Wow,” mouthed Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), who had also recused himself, throwing up his hands after the vote on the first site, approved 3 to 0.
The recusals — the most in a quarter-century, officials said — were based on advice from the county’s legal counsel. A recent state Supreme Court ruling, he said, found that elected officials in Fairfax must recuse themselves when they have any financial ties — however tenuous — to zoning applicants, officials said. The court opinion stemmed from a lawsuit filed by a Lorton homeowners association, which alleged that two supervisors had conflicts of interest in a zoning case involving a Metro facility.
Poor supervisors, you can't have your free dinners, poliucal contributions, and paid board memberships. Boo hoo. Snark aside, I do get that it does make things harder for them. But in this county, we know who the BOS works for.