John Flannery, who launched a write-in campaign against Commonwealth's Attorney James Plowman last week, announced Tuesday, Oct. 30, that he is asking Attorney General Robert McDonnell to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the grand jury investigation of former state Senate candidate Mark D. Tate.It will be very interesting to see whether McDonnell appoints someone to investigate. McDonnell is running for Governor in 2009, and will need Loudoun's Republicans to win against the Democratic nominee (probably Brian Moran or Creigh Deeds), and our local Republican committee may look askance at a candidate who investigated their Commonwealth's Attorney in 2007. It's a wonderful bind, and I commend John Flannery for it. Not only is investigating Jim Plowman with an independent party the right thing to do, it is a shrewd tactical proposition as well.
"We tried to give the Commonwealth's Attorney the chance to explain himself," Flannery said. "And he hasn't." - Leesburg Today
Remember to write-in John P. Flannery on November 6th. That means fill in the bubble next to the blank line under Plowman's name on the ballot, and write "John P. Flannery" on the line next to the bubble.