Personally, I’m still not really seeing any “fire” here, only some “smoke,” but this press release from the Tim Chapman for Fairfax County Board Chair campaign does seem newsworthy, so I’m passing it along for that reason:
Chapman Campaign Files Conflict of Interest and Improper Gift Complaint Regarding Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay’s Sweetheart Home Deal
Based on reporting from The Washington Post and National Public Radio’s WAMU-FM. Calls for a full, immediate and independent investigation.
Vienna, VA- Democrat Tim Chapman, candidate for Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, filed a formal conflict of interest and gift complaint against current Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay based upon last week’s news reports in The Washington Post and NPR’s WAMU-FM.
“There is sufficient evidence that Supervisor McKay received a sweetheart deal on his home, from a developer who routinely has dealings before the Fairfax County Board,” Chapman wrote in the complaint. “This favorable deal was not disclosed in any of McKay’s required disclosure statements, and is a breach of trust his constituents have placed in him.”
The complaint alleges that McKay has violated Virginia’s State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act. On May 16, 2019, The Washington Post wrote: “If McKay had a business relationship with Halle during the time the rezoning was being considered, under state law he would have to disclose it as a conflict of interest.” Additionally, McKay and his lawyers wrote that the transaction was handled to make the home “affordable” for McKay and avoiding a public listing of the property that saved McKay over $50,000. Virginia law defines that as a gift.
“We call for a full, immediate and independent investigation,” Chapman added. “Given that Supervisor McKay is a leading candidate for Chair of the Board of Supervisors for the June 11 primary and in the name of transparency, we call for officials to move quickly so Fairfax County residents have the full information prior to the primary vote.”