Ab­surd, self-serv­ing can­di­dacy

Rappahannock News - - COM­MENT -

David Kon­ick is run­ning, as a write-in can­di­date, for the Rap­pa­han­nock County Board of Su­per­vi­sors seat for the Stonewal­lHawthorne District, now held by long-time res­i­dent and board vice chair­man Chris Par­ish. I write to urge vot­ers to re-elect Mr. Par­ish.

Mr. Kon­ick, an at­tor­ney, is a le­gal bully who uses his law li­cense to in­tim­i­date and ha­rass oth­ers. He thrives on controversy, and if there is no controversy he cre­ates it. When he is un­able to get what he wants po­lit­i­cally, he re­sorts to le­gal threats and to ini­ti­at­ing law­suits which are in­vari­ably dis­missed by the court at con­sid­er­able ex­pense to county tax­pay­ers.

For ex­am­ple, he has filed friv­o­lous law­suits against the BOS, in­clud­ing as de­fen­dants each mem­ber of the board per­son­ally; another law­suit against the board of zon­ing ap­peals (on which he serves) in­clud­ing as a de­fen­dant the BZA Chair­man, per­son­ally; another against the Town of Washington, and one against the Inn at Lit­tle Washington. Most re­cently, he filed a case against John Lesin­ski, a mem­ber of the BOS. All of these cases have been dis­missed by the Cir­cuit Court, ex­cept for the last — which has not yet been heard. Noth­ing worth­while has been ac­com­plished as a re­sult of Mr. Kon­ick’s law­suits. And the cost of these law­suits to county tax­pay­ers? In ex­cess of $80,000.

Mr. Kon­ick of­ten be­haves un­pro­fes­sion­ally and in a man­ner un­be­com­ing of a mem­ber of the le­gal pro­fes­sion. He was con­victed of a mis­de­meanor, in just one of those in­stances, in 2005 by the Gen­eral District Court of Rap­pa­han­nock County for us­ing ob­scene, vul­gar, and in­de­cent lan­guage to a county of­fi­cial, fined $2,000 and pub­licly rep­ri­manded by the Vir­ginia State Bar. He has made many other rude, deroga­tory, sex­ist and misog­y­nist re­marks in pub­lic fo­rums, par­tic­u­larly to or con­cern­ing women in po­si­tions of au­thor­ity, and of­ten posts rude, ob­scene and deroga­tory re­marks on Rap­pNet. He is the kind of lawyer who gives lawyers a bad name.

David Kon­ick has no busi­ness serv­ing on the Rap­pa­han­nock Board of Su­per­vi­sors. Ev­ery sel­f­re­spect­ing voter in the Stonewall-Hawthorne District should, with­out ques­tion, re­ject his ab­surd and self-serv­ing can­di­dacy and vote for Mr. Par­ish. AU­DREY REG­N­ERY Washington

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