Letter to the Editor: Barbara Favola Shouted at Constituents, “I don’t have to take this!”


    (UPDATE: Here’s a link to the Cherrydale Civic Association newsletter (1/05) which says, “Barbara Favola stormed out of a December 8 CCA meeting in response to questions from angry Cherrydalers about why the County had wasted everyone’s time with the Task Force if the County had no intention of following any of its recommendations.” – promoted by lowkell)

    I hate to link to the Arlington Real Estate Rag and Pretend “Newspaper”, but I’ll make an exception in this case. I have no idea who the author of the letter to the editor (Karen Bradley) is, but I strongly recommend that you read it if you’re a 31st Senate district voter.  Here’s an excerpt:

    The childish conduct of Barbara Favola in the current Senate campaign is not surprising to me. She has previously shown disdain for the citizenry and lied to the public.

    In 2002, Favola tried to defend the incompetence of the County Board in handling of the relocation of Fire Station 3. No need to go into the details of this saga – suffice it to say that she stomped out of a community meeting of more than 200 residents when she was repeatedly criticized for how the County had misled citizens about the station relocation.

    She shouted as she left, “I don’t have to take this.”

    The Cherrydale community was so disenchanted by Favola that during her next County Board race, the Cherrydale precinct voted overwhelmingly against a Democrat for the first time in years.

    Yep, that’s Barbara Favola for you — arrogant, rude, an offputting attitude of entitlement, thin skinned, clueless, etc.

    By the way, I’d point out, IF Favola wins the primary tomorrow – which I think is a pure tossup at this point, in spite of all her support from The Establishment – she’d really better get used to being attacked, because wealthy Republican nominee Caren Merrick is going to do a number on her on a variety of fronts (e.g., as LTE writer Karen Bradley points out, “Favola’s past conduct, her complicity with lying to citizens, and her questionable ethics with campaign contributions“).

    Bottom line: if anyone can lose the 31st for the Democrats, it’s Barbara Favola. For that reason alone – although there are many others, such as his impressive education, professional experience, intelligence, etc. – you should most definitely vote for Jaime Areizaga-Soto tomorrow!  

    • independent in arlington


      If Ms. Favola wins the primary and the general election (something we both agree is far from a slam dunk), a spot will open on the Arlington County Board.  Any thoughts/information/ideas on who might be interested in that position?  (Presumably a Democrat would be the overwhelming favorite in a general election).  If she loses the primary or the general election, do you think that she might be challenged in a Democratic primary when she is up for re-election next year.

    • LyonParkVoter

      Sun Gazette is just starting to set things up for Merrick since they are assuming that Favola wins. I’d be curious as to when this was originally submitted as it would have been great to have it published in last week’s edition…..

    • newsletter:

      *”Both the County Board’s and the County’s handling of the firestation have undermined their credibility and seriously damaged the “Arlington Way,” the once-lauded tradition of working with-and listening to-the citizens of Arlington.”

      *”Adding insult to injury, [Favola] went on to claim that the County could have used the site “if [Cherrydalers] had been rational and said to the board 10 or 15 years ago, ‘We know that there needs to be a new site; we’ll work with you.’  But they didn’t. They tried to stop it in the hopes that the need for a new firehouse would go away.”

      *”Everyone who has followed this issue knows that Ms. Favola is badly misinformed about the sentiments of Cherrydalers and of the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department”

    • fendertweed

      Her performance and amateurish conduct have appalled me (a lifetime dem) for years…

      Guess I’ll be sitting out the Nov. election and I have to wonder how many others will be too … I think she’s handed this district to the Repubs.

      Helluva job, Barbara.

    • fendertweed

      I would love to hear more facts re: the alleged HHS/Hatch Act violation someone referred to in another post … details?