Mark Sickles Misleads Voters
of the 43rd district to bolster education credentials.
Last week Mark Sickles sent a mail piece deliberately misleading the voters in the 43rd district. The mailer portrayed Mark prominently on the front of the piece cradling a toddler in his arms in a fatherly embrace. The problem is Mark Sickles does not have a child or a family.
“After this mail piece came out our office received multiple phone calls from confused voters asking, ‘Does Mark have a child?’”, stated Jay Ford, Campaign Manager for Ron Grignol. “We did not know what people were talking about. We knew Mark to be unmarried with no children, so this naturally came as a surprise to us,” commented Ford. “Once we saw the mail piece, we understood why so many people were puzzled,” said Ford.
“I have always made it clear to citizens that my children allowed me a unique understanding of educational needs in the Northern Virginia , because I am a user of the system. That is why I find it so troubling that Mark Sickles feels he needs to mislead voters to believe he has this same background,” said Ron Grignol, candidate for the House of Delegates. “The firsthand experience I have with the SOL’s and extracurricular programming is important to understanding how we can improve our schools, how we can get our teachers more pay, and how we can eliminate overcrowding. This is experience that Mark Sickles simply does not have,” commented Ron Grignol.
“We noticed in debates that when people commented on Mark Sickles having children or a family, he never once corrected them, but we never thought he would go so far as to deliberately deceive voters like this,” said Jay Ford. “It is disheartening to see how the political process has denigrated so very much, that a candidate would attempt to purposely mislead our citizens and hope it went unnoticed,” Ford lamented.
“It is my hope that in the remaining weeks of this campaign Mark Sickles can be forthright concerning his personal background, and elevate the level of integrity from that which his campaign is currently running,” stated Ron Grignol candidate for the House of Delegates.
This incident is still remembered as being the lowest moment in Northern Virginia politics in the last decade. So has Jay Ford changed his ways since his days as Jay Ford? I don't know him personally so I can't say. Lots of people have evolved on these types of issues over the last decade.
Either way- it's a little bit much to swallow to hear Ford complaining about Aneesh Chopra's "negative" mail when he was involved in this political hate crime type incident. As Marc Fisher said at the time, "I'll wait while you wipe off the slime."
Ralph Northam needs to publicly speak about this and give people insight into his decision making process. Did he do the research to know about this incident before he hired Ford as a staffer? If he did, what assurances did he receive? Unfortunately, the Northam team in this primary has been extremely insular and secretive so the rest of us are left wondering about the Senator who wants to be the tie-breaking vote in the Virginia Senate.