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Fireball vs. Monopoly Man

Sandhya Somashekhar

The chairman's race in Loudoun County is heating up -- but not in the way you might think.

Three-term incumbent Scott K. York (I), who has been chairman for the past two terms, started off his campaign for reelection this fall not by attacking his opponent but by going after five of his fellow supervisors, all Republicans, whom he has dubbed "the gang of five."

On his Web site, he accuses the group of going on a "residential over-development rampage" and of being "more than simply a public embarrassment." He urged voters to "throw those rascals out."

It's worth pausing here to note that there are actually six Republicans on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Lori L. Waters (Broad Run), who like York is a moderate on issues relating to growth and development, managed to escape York's wrath. York himself is a former Republican who split with the party in 2003 over the growth issue.

Michael "Fireball" Firetti, the GOP's candidate for chairman, meanwhile, has spent a boatload of cash already on ads targeted squarely at York. Last week, he bought a full-page ad in Leesburg Today depicting York with a cane and a top hat dancing atop a game board. Above him was written, "Do you feel like career politicians and special interests are playing Monopoly with your future in Loudoun County?"

Considering Firetti's fat war chest (filled primarily with loans to himself), you can bet we haven't seen the last of Monopoly Man.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 18, 2007; 6:21 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , Loudoun County , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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