Special Prosecutor to Investigate Stoney Contract

Smedley Crane & Rigging crew, sub-contracted by NAH LLC, dismantling the JEB Stuart statue.

A Richmond Circuit Court judge has appointed an August County prosecutor to investigate whether Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney broke any laws when he awarded a gave a $1.8 million contract to remove Civil War statues.

Richmond Councilwoman Kim Gray, who is running for mayor against Stoney, had requested an investigation, and Commonwealth Attorney Colette McEachin had referred the matter to Circuit Court Judge Joi Taylor.

“All I can tell you at this early stage is that we will investigate the matter in an unbiased way, and take whatever action is appropriate given what we find,” said Martin, a former Richmond prosecutor who moved to Augusta in 2014 , reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Virginia Star quotes Stoney spokesman Jim Nolan as providing additional details defending Stoney’s action in which, Bacon’s Rebellion was the first to report, he gave a emergency no-bid contract to NAH LLC, whose owner had previously donated $4,000 to Stoney and his political action committee.

“Contractors locally, regionally and up and down the East Coast were contacted. The city received a written proposal from only one firm that was willing to do the work and assume the risk it would entail.”

Nolan added, “In fact, NAH was not initially contacted by city or administration officials but was referred to the city by another vendor that had turned down the work. Politicians who refused to act sooner could learn a thing or two from the courage shown by this black-owned firm and the crew that did the work in the face of white supremacist threats.”

— JAB

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12 responses to “Special Prosecutor to Investigate Stoney Contract

  1. Baconator with extra cheese

    Based on the quote from the Mayor’s office it appears the play will be “if you question the balck mayor and black contractor you are a racist”.
    I hope the special prosecutor is a BIPOC and at aleast partially immune to such an accusation.
    It’s only going to get uglier.

  2. “Contractors locally, regionally and up and down the East Coast were contacted.”

    Okay, minimum of 2 since local, regional, and either up or down can be one firm, depending on the location of the observer. But then, make that one, there is no reason why NAH couldn’t have been both. After all, if you’re looking out through the door, it would say HAN.

  3. “… courage shown by this black-owned firm and the crew that did the work in the face of white supremacist threats.”

    Okay, wait, what? The only threat at that time would have been that someone would have used a chain and a Suburban (a white one, just to keep the GOP happy) and beat them to the punch.

  4. “Nolan added, “In fact, NAH was not initially contacted by city or administration officials but was referred to the city by another vendor that had turned down the work.”

    I call BS on this statement. NAH became a corporate entity just a few days before they were awarded the contract. How could one of the vendors who turned down the work have even known NAH existed (or was about to exist)?

    NAH obviously had no history of performing the type of work which was being contracted because they had no history of performing any work of any kind; so it defies logic to assume that an established crane contractor would have ever run across NAH before or know anything about them – much less be willing to provide them a reference.

    • Baconator with extra cheese

      Nolan should have not said NAH… but used the contractor guy’s name here. He kind of steppped in it since as you pointed out NAH likely didn’t exist yet.
      Stoney needs a much smarter liar if he plans to be the Gov one day…. actually he’s a Dem and like Blackface, Blackface, and Rape probanly doesn’t care.

  5. “…the courage shown by this black-owned firm and the crew that did the work in the face of white supremacist threats.” What? The one white guy that cried when they took down Stonewall? Scary stuff. NAH had $1.8M worth of courage.
    The Mayor’s office has no documentation to support that multiple contractors were contacted and they were unable to produce names of contractors contacted when that information was requested by FIOA.

    • I’m sure all the documentation needed to exonerate the mayor will be “found” very soon. The missing files were, no doubt, misplaced by some low-ranking mayoral staff member*, who will be reprimanded for his/her carelessness.

      *See also: Fall-guy, Scapegoat, Pigeon, Sucker, Stooge, etc.

  6. “… courage shown by this black-owned firm and the crew that did the work in the face of white supremacist threats.”

    Wow. I guess that puts them right up there with people like John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin, Amelia Boynton Robinson and James Meredith, doesn’t it?

  7. “good trouble” ? 😉

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