Time and time again, citizens have bemoaned abusive reception at the hands of Democrat Charlottesville City Councilors during meetings both public and private. And over the years, many residents—Democrats and Republicans alike—who may on occasion disagree with Council, have stopped attending or speaking-out at City Council meetings, fearful of a public tongue-lashing by bumptious and unchecked elected Charlottesville Democrats.
In order to mitigate perceived lack of public participation in Government processes, Charlottesville City is considering plans to hire a $70 thousand Neighborhood Advocate (and to spend thousands more on staff, pizza, and daycare via a superfluous series of proposed City Council town hall meetings). Unwittingly, Democrat Councilor David Brown has made the case for reserving the expenditure and instead censoring his own puerile outbursts (which seem intended to stifle public participation).
Brown is not alone in imagining himself King of Charlottesville, as he traipses the well-worn path of pompous hubris previously trod by Democrat Councilors Blake Caravati, Mitch Van Yahres, Frank Buck, Nancy O’Brien, and John Conover among other nattering nabobs of socialism.
But unlike the others, whose transgressions were but momentary blips, lost to history upon utterance, Brown’s assailments are preserved electronically, courtesy of his employer, the City of Charlottesville.
In an exclusive video recapitulation (see below), on April 7, 2008, Councilor Brown is shown usurping the authority of Mayor Dave Norris in order to castigate citizens Naomi Roberts and Jim Moore for the high crime of allegedly “whispering” during a Council meeting.
Nearly two years later, on April 5, 2010, Brown again dons the mayor’s trousers, reprising attack, this time against Betty “Seignor” whose only offense was an errant laugh during a Council meeting. Brown exposes himself as passive-aggressive and/or senile in twice referring to the declared miscreant as “Betty Seignor” rather than using her married name—which Brown well knows is Betty Mooney. (N.B. Brown should be particularly sensitive to this nomenclature since his wife, Jean Hiatt, does not herself use Brown’s surname.)
Neither Roberts, nor Moore, nor Mooney are known supporters of the Councilor’s agenda, and therein lies the genesis of Brown’s belligerence. Instead of respectfully accepting contrary points-of-view, Councilor Brown berates the dissenters on inconsequential behaviors, hoping that their voices will be silenced through public humiliation.
Of course, no elected official will remind David Brown of the beams in his own eye, as for years, under his gavel as Mayor of Charlottesville, Councilors Kendra Hamilton and Blake Caravati—obviously and publicly from the Council dais—snickered at, whispered about, mad-dogged, mocked, and otherwise intimidated citizens weekly, with nary a word of correction from brave Mayor Marionette. Apparently, in Brown’s book, only wayward citizens are subject to censure while errant councilors get a pass.
Charlottesville City Council’s initiative to involve citizens is deception in the first degree. Most are aware that Council only welcomes favorable comment; that attitude is not likely to change with the addition of a highly paid “advocate.” But if Council’s new taxpayer-funded initiative can trick citizens into thinking that their opinions are valued, even if never expressed, then the public monies expended will be returned in bought votes, Central-Party Democrats will be re-elected continually, and citizen-naysayers will continue to suffer verbal vilification until they finally capitulate and self-deport from the public discourse.
Watch the exclusive video presentation of Democrat David Brown’s public conniptions: