Dumler, who recently pled guilty to sexual battery charges, until yesterday has had the tacit support of Mallek and Rooker—both of whom originally refused to vote for a resolution calling on Dumler to resign.
In today’s Daily Progress, Mallek explains her change of heart:
“I now realize that this is about much more than Mr. Dumler,” board Chairwoman Ann H. Mallek said Tuesday. “We have a crisis of confidence in the county … and I just sense a cloud over the whole operation, and I would like that to be over.”
“My personal opinion is that it would be better for the county and [Dumler] for him to resign, but he is legally qualified to serve. The voters elected him and the decision is his to make,”
Noting his consistency on the issue, Rooker then claims:
“This has been my position all along. My position has not changed on this.”
However, regarding the position change, Supervisor Rooker seems to possess an exceptionally short memory.
On January 31, 2013, The Schilling Show asked supervisors about the Dumler situation:
From: Schilling Show
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013 3:01 PM
To: Dennis Rooker
Subject: Media Request: Comment on Dumler Plea
I’m looking for your comment on Chris Dumler’s guilty plea to Sexual Assault.
Will you call for his resignation?
Thanks for your prompt response to this request.
To which Dennis Rooker replied:
From: Dennis Rooker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 31, 2013 04:31:14 PM EST
To: Schilling Show
Subject: Re: Media Request: Comment on Dumler Plea
No. If he had committed a felony, he would have had to resign. He didn’t, and whether or not he decides to continue to serve on the board is up to him.
A Clintonesque practitioner of linguistic legal hair-splitting, Supervisor Rooker may not consider a statement of “personal position” the same as a “call,” but the typical county constituent would hard pressed to ascertain the difference, as is the Daily Progress. Rooker had many opportunities to make clear his position on Supervisor Dumler and chose not to elaborate; that is an abdication.
Albemarle County has paid a high price for Mallek and Rooker’s delayed arrival at the station of explicitly undeniable. Better late than never, Ann and Dennis, but in the future: better never late.