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King, Plowman Upset Over Williams Serving On York Campaign

© Leesburg Today - 07/28/2015

Charles King, the Republican candidate for Loudoun County chairman, went on the offensive again this week against two familiar targets, but one of them hit back.

King and Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney James Plowman issued a statement Monday, blasting Chairman Scott K. York for having county Supervisor Shawn M. Williams as the treasurer for his re-election campaign.

""The enlisting of Shawn Williams and the dismissive comments by Mr. York are the latest in a pattern of poor judgment by my opponent,"" King said in the statement.

Earlier this year, Williams was battling King for the GOP nomination for chairman when it was revealed that the Broad Run supervisor had an arrest record that included charges of drunken-driving and assault.

Williams dropped out of the race, which allowed King to claim the Republican nod in May without opposition. But later York, who had said he wouldn't seek another term, changed his mind, deciding to run as an independent.

That move set up the current four-way race featuring King, York, Democrat Phyllis Randall and independent Tom Bellanca. And York and Williams, both elected in 2011 as Republicans, were booted from the local GOP.

In Monday's statement, King and Plowman said that York's ""judgment was already in question,"" considering his independent bid, and they called on him to dismiss Williams from his campaign.

""Drunk driving and domestic violence ruin innocent people's lives, and it is shocking Scott York would allow a man with such a troubling record to be featured in his campaign,"" Plowman said. ""This is not a case of Mr. Williams making a single mistake.""

Said King: ""Loudoun deserves a chairman whose word we can trust, and that's not Scott York. I look forward to talking with the voters about the real Scott York and my commitment to the highest standards of personal and public integrity.""

On Tuesday, York issued his own statement, calling the words of King and Plowman a continuation of ""their appalling and cowardly attacks on Supervisor Shawn Williams.""

""Enough is enough!"" York said in the statement. ""It is time for King to stop these reprehensible attacks on Mr. Williams and, ultimately, stop standing in continual judgment to further an underlying agenda. In fact, it's time for Mr. King to rise from his distasteful conduct and issue an apology to Mr. Williams and his family!""

York said that Williams has done an ""exceptional"" job as supervisor and during his time as the Board of Supervisors' vice chairman.

The chairman said that King's campaign has become ""petty and pathetic.""

""King's attacks and lackluster fundraising boils down to his absence of ideas and vision for the future of Loudoun County!"" he said.

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