Bacon Bits: The Political Class in Action

Is Charlottesville governable?

Charlottesville City Manager Chip Boyles has announced his resignation, making him the fifth interim or full-time city manager to leave the city since 2018, reports the Daily Progress. “The public disparagement shown by several community members and Mayor [Nikuyah] Walker has begun to negatively effect [sic] my personal health and well-being,” he wrote to City Council. Walker responded by saying Boyles should have been fired. “You shouldn’t have been able to sleep at night because you are a liar,” she said in a Facebook video. Walker, who gained notoriety for penning a poem likening Charlottesville to rape, has herself said she will not run for re-election. Boyle and Walker butted heads over many issues, including his firing of the city’s female, African-American police chief. One councilman told the Daily Progress that in the opinion of an executive search firm contacted last year, “we were not likely to be able to hire anybody with council as dysfunctional as it is.”

It was an innocent mistake, yer honor. Chesapeake Board Chair Victoria Proffitt, who had been laid off from her adjunct math teaching job at Tidewater Community College, has returned $984 in unemployment benefits she was overpaid by the Virginia Employment Commission. She attributed the error to a VEC oversight, but a special prosecutor had contended she was “either being intentionally dishonest or was just exceedingly careless,” says the Virginian-Pilot. Meanwhile…

Melanie Cornelisse, a Democratic candidate for the 78th House District, was arrested this week on trespassing charges after criticizing Proffitt during a school board meeting. At the Board’s request, she was escorted from the podium after she began her public comment, according to reports. She stopped in the parking lot and refused to leave. Police said they would arrest her for trespassing. She didn’t budge, and they arrested her. School board policy prohibits using the public comment period for a “personal attack against an individual.”

It was but a pittance, yer honor. Police are investigating evidence that Roanoke Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. made false statements to obtain a $7,500 grant to assist his magazine through the pandemic last year, reports the Roanoke Times. But police concluded that his claims of loss were “exaggerated or inflated.” The councilman also has been charged for two accounts of embezzlement from the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization. He has protested his innocence.

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13 responses to “Bacon Bits: The Political Class in Action”

  1. vicnicholls Avatar

    1) The fact that Proffitt returned the money when criminals don’t have to, tells you a lot about how the leftists (which the VP is nothing more than an Act Blue mouthpiece) operate. Others were given overages and don’t have to return it. Only Proffitt was targeted.

    2) Melanie Cornelisse has a reputation here in Chesapeake and among loads of people its not positive. They didn’t say she had to be removed for distributing D literature at the polls because she was verbally abusive, etc. Some of her “discussions” have grammatical errors, etc. She has gone after the School Board before, acting like she was all this moral person. I was about 5 feet away from her on camera when she did it. Sorry, not General Assembly material.

    3) She didn’t budget (I think you meant she didn’t budge in the story above Jim?).

    1. Thanks for spotting the typo.

  2. Comment on School Board prohibition of personal attacks during public comment session:

    There is a Virginia Attorney General opinion (April 15, 2016) — which cites a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia — that states a School Board prohibition of personal attacks during public comments is not constitutionally permissible. See

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      I must be reading this wrong:

      ” Because the Rules do not differentiate between laudatory speech and criticism, they are content­11neutral. Thus, the remaining questions are whether the rules against discussing “specific personnel or student concerns” and identifying specific individuals by “names, titles, or positions,” and the rule against “personal attacks,” are reasonable. “

      1. The more relevant case is Draego V. City of Charlottesville

        Neither the School Board nor a County Board may put those limitations in place. The opinion says it better than I can.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          rules in place in many BOS and have been for some time.

          For instance, still a rule at my BOS – and they do pay attention to court decisions .

          Let me also point out that defamation and threats may have legal consequences.

          1. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive


            There are 10s of 1000s of federal laws, and orders of magnitude of appellant court decisions that modify them. Add to those State laws and City/County ordinances, and at all times, everyone is in violation of at least something.

          2. LarrytheG Avatar

            yep. agree. but on this particular issue, I suspect interest is high and there are options available , etc, etc, yadda, yadda…

          3. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            There maybe issues with defamation… are BOS members considered in that group of “public persons”. Youngkin, for example, can’t sue someone for calling him an idiot.

          4. LarrytheG Avatar

            no, probably not. But in a public forum where he might take questions and someone gets up and calling him an effing idiot… probably will cut that guys mike…and escort him to elsewhere…

          5. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            There is a word that limits speech and action… menacing. That is a crime.

          6. That doesn’t make those rules legal or enforceable, as Charlottesville learned the hard way and an expensive learning process it was.

          7. LarrytheG Avatar

            protest out the wazoo, say your piece during public comments ON YOUR TIME not others, and vote them out of office,

            That’s legal, and your right.

            But if/when you threaten or intimidate public officials – you deserve the legal consequences, IMHO, even if you got away with it before.

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