Last year when I saw the report in a local paper where Benjamin Shumaker was being honored after just two years on the Economic Development Authority, it only took 10 nanoseconds to recognize that King William’s millionaire special interests had found their newest water boy.
My theory was just proven dead right in the puff piece by a Tidewater Review staffer in the Feb. 27 issue trumpeting Shumaker’s intention to challenge incumbent Dave Hansen for the Manquin District seat on KW’s Board of Supervisors.
Not only did the article fawn over the candidates “spiritual calling” and facilitated his criticism of the principled efforts of Hansen to ask tough questions and hold local officials accountable, it gave Shumaker a platform for an ugly smear of the many good people of King William’s T.E.A Party.
He might be a nice guy in many ways, but after calling Supervisor Hansen and concerned citizen-activists of the K.W Tea Party liars, fair-minded folks get to demand that he put up or shut up.
How about some details of what Shumaker actually supports instead of empty slogans such as “we all need to work as a team”.
A BoS “team” that already has a solid three-vote tax-and-spend majority?
There’s little doubt Shumaker is a darling of those OKing reckless spending on whatever the board wants, so long as their current trio of water boys votes to shield coveted tax schemes such as fat Land Use Tax Exemptions that shift KW’s heavy tax burden onto homeowners.
And will Supervisor Hansen get some “fair and balanced” reporting in the TR?
Founder, King William T.E.A Party