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Amazing Flip Flop (and Broken Promise)! Mark Sickles Then, Mark Sickles Now, on Dwight Jones.


It’s certainly not unheard of for politicians to perform daring feats of acrobatics, aka “flip flops,” on positions they used to hold near and dear. But usually, they don’t so in a period of 8 days on a high-profile issue that likely Democratic primary voters – in a primary they’re running in – are paying close (and passionate, in many cases) attention to. If nothing else, it’s bad politics. So who would do such a thing when it comes to the Dwight Jones nomination to be the next DPVA Chair? Check it out:


Mark Sickles statement (March 4)

“Over the weekend, Delegate Sickles contacted the highest level of the governor’s administration to express his opposition. We have received confirmation that his concerns have been acknowledged. If the governor nominates Mayor Jones for DPVA Chair, Delegate Sickles will issue a public statement in opposition.”


Mark Sickles comments (March 12)

Count Del. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax) among Jones’ supporters, as well. Sickles, who amid a crowded field is running for Jim Moran’s soon-to-be vacant congressional seat, announced last month that he’s “a proud, gay man,” in an op-ed piece for the Washington Post.

Asked Tuesday night after a community meeting at Bush Hill Elementary School about Jones’ nomination, Sickles didn’t hesitate to provide a thumbs-up.

“Dwight is a friend of mine,” he said. “I think he’s got a great heart. He’s going to win Saturday, and I look forward to working with him.”

No problems with Jones’ “evolving” attitude toward same-sex marriage?

“No, no, not at all,” Sickles said. “Look, I think marriage equality is going to be constitutionally required in a very short time, and he has pledged to uphold everybody’s constitutional rights. He’s been very open to the LGBT community in Richmond, done a lot of good things there, and I’m hoping for the best.”

OK, now maybe I missed it, but did anyone see the “public statement in opposition” Sickles promised 8 days ago he’d issue “if the governor nominates Mayor Jones for DPVA Chair?” Nope, didn’t think so. #FAIL

P.S. Of the other 8th CD candidate who issued unequivocal statements 8 days ago against Jones, so far I’ve seen two of them comment today – Patrick Hope (still strongly against) and Mark Levine (ditto). I’d be interested in hearing from the others…

UPDATE: Sickles has dropped out of the 8th CD race. Bye bye! 🙂

  • Dan Sullivan

    Those who don’t are demonstrating what is commonly known as character.

  • Matt_H

    Weak. Leadership. Loses. Elections.  How does Sickles look at himself in the mirror each morning?

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the DPVA will continue the same way it always has. The most recent statewide Democratic. winner will pick the chair of the party, who is basically a figurehead anyway. Then, the chair will pick an exec who shows proper obedience to the same statewide Democratic winner. That’s the DPVA Way.

    Actually, it’s the DNC way, too. The president picks the DNC head.

    Those of us on the central committee simply vote in the already-chosen chair.

  • Dear Friend,

    I want to pass on my very warm thanks to Chairman Sharon Bulova, Senator Toddy Puller, Supervisor Jeff McKay, Supervisor Gerry Hyland, and so many friends in the Democratic Party for your unqualified support as I explored a campaign to fill the seat of our friend Jim Moran.  Congressman Moran has been an indispensable asset to our community.  It has been an honor to work with him over the years on issues affecting my 43d Delegate District and the entire region.  As he retires from elected public service, I will always be grateful for his support in helping to build the Democratic Party.

    Last night, I looked at the results of our survey of likely Democratic primary voters with respect to the candidates who have expressed interest in the nomination.  I wish that I could report that there was a clear and viable path to victory for me.  While I was heartened by the strong support from those who know me best, I cannot in good conscience continue to ask for support from you, my friends, and political allies knowing the lay of the land.

    This race is over for me, but there are many talented candidates that might light a spark, inspire, and engage new voters on the way to June 10th.  Anything can happen in a campaign and I look forward to watching it unfold over the next 90 days.  I know most of the candidates, wish them well, and look forward to hearing the debates.  I also look forward to working with our next Representative – whoever that turns out to be.  There is so much work to do, both on a regional basis, and to contribute to a better functioning House of Representatives.

    Again, I thank all of you who have encouraged me and I will be ever grateful for your support.

    Mark D. Sickles


  • Harry

    I was totally betrayed by the LGBT, i was asked to sign a document opposing Jones..I did it, in addition I posted on numerous blogs my opposition plus writing several letters in opposition plus letting my views known to the PWC members of the Central Committee, then the LGBT caucus folds after a meeting with Jones.  Don’t ask again.

    Harry W. Wiggins

    Chair, PWCDC