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GOLDMAN: Mayor Jones confident ‘Judge’ Samuels will switch stadium vote

Paul Goldman is a local lawyer who helped run Doug Wilder's historic campaign for governor of Virginia.

Paul Goldman is a local lawyer who helped run Doug Wilder's historic campaign for governor of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – When you come before Judge Samuels, make sure you bring your baseball stadium stubs; he might cut you some slack.

But you say, “City Council President Charles Samuels isn’t a judge.” To paraphrase Bill Clinton, it all depends on what the meaning of “isn’t” is.

Last year, citizens awoke to this headline and story in the Richmond Times Dispatch:

“Council president wants referendum on ballpark site”

“Council President Charles R. Samuels said Monday night he will introduce legislation at next week’s council meeting to call for a November referendum on the best site for a replacement for The Diamond.”

Later in the story, Mr. Samuels said:

“This just allows the voters to have a real say in where it should go.”

The Mayor ‘s offer didn’t oppose a referendum.

“We welcome the opportunity to make our case directly to the public if that is what council prefers.”

Last night Mr. Samuels, as reported in today’s RTD, said there is growing support for a referendum for the very reason he suggested, giving people a real say in the matter.

Mr. Samuels admitted it.

But now, Mr. Samuels has suddenly switched his position.

“Here come da Judge!” is what the Mayor’s older aides joke or sometimes it’s “ Here comes Pigmeat” when they see City Council President Charles Samuels come by to check with The Boss.

They refer to Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham, the famed comedian known for using this line on the Rowan and Martin TV comedy show. The Mayor’s young aides mistakenly call Charles “Geraldine” for the character made famous by comedian Flip Wilson before he also became known for saying “Here come da Judge!”

Everyone in the know in Richmond politics knows Charles is angling to be a Judge. Being a Beatles fan, Charles knows Ringo Starr had it right, some things can only be done “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Friends like Mayor Jones, his pal Senator Henry Marsh, Governor McAuliffe, the Richmond City Democratic delegation to the General Assembly, you get my drift.

You and I, as my mom used to say, are chopped liver.

I get it. A man has to eat, he has to provide for the family, he has to, as famed “honest graft” wheeler and dealer George Washington Plunkitt used to say about this kind of thing, “I saw my opportunities and took’em.”

Bottom line, Samuels is key to the Mayor being able to jam a boondoggle Shockoe Stadium proposal down the throats of the people of Richmond.

Last night, instead of welcoming people to his side of the case, “Judge” Samuels scolded them for not backing him up last year.

I ask you, when have you ever heard of a politician not welcoming the “I told you” so glow when the public finally comes to his side?

That’s right, only when you have cut a better deal for yourself at the people’s expense.

Can I prove it? I don’t have to, it will prove itself soon enough.

Paul Goldman is in no way affiliated with WTVR. His comments are his own, and do not reflect the views of WTVR or any related entity. Neither WTVR nor any of its employees or agents participated in any way with the preparation of Mr. Goldman’s comments.

7 comments

  • Becky

    The Mayor Jones is President of Venture Richmond.
    Charles Samuels serves on Venture Richmond’s Board.
    Ellen Robertson serves on Venture Richmond’s Board.
    Are there Transparent Conflict of Interests?
    WHO are Jones & Samuels & Robertson “Serving”?
    McQuinn, GA, & Son “serve” Jones.
    WHO were they “elected” to “Serve”?
    They know which side their Political Bread is “Buttered” on.
    Now the “Investigated Party Governor” is stepping into City Gov too.
    All line up, in alignment, in lock step, to Ramrod Their Will, Their Way; without Our Say IS Party “Government Ethics”?.
    Please contrast the new Democratic Governor’s Promotion of his Political Donors, Friends who have bought into Party for the pay offs, and all their friends getting the tax benefits and advantages of
    Party incest, solely for, Democratic Rule.
    Their Rich, Their Corporate, Their Party Friends.
    DEMOCRATIC GIFTGATE x 100.
    Surprised Clinton/Obama haven’t stepped in to Propagandize
    Campaign.

  • Becky

    Venture Richmond’s Board
    Farhad Aghdami* Partner, Williams Mullen
    Ken Ampy* CEO, Astyra Corporation
    Robert Angle Partner, Troutman Sanders
    Ed Ayers* President, University of Richmond
    Stephen E. Baril Attorney, Sands Anderson
    William Beale* CEO, Union First Market Bank
    Peter Bernard* CEO, Bon Secours Richmond Health System
    Jean Boone Advertising director, Richmond Free Press
    Margaret Bowen* Vice president, Human Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions, Reynolds Packaging Group
    Yvonne Brandon** Richmond Public Schools, Superintendant(?)
    Aisha Bullard Central Virginia Family Services
    Stacy Burrs* Owner/president, Capacity Development, LLC
    Tim Butturini* Regional president, Wells Fargo Bank
    James Carleton** Chairman, RRHA Board of Commissioners
    Peter Chapman** Deputy CAO, City of Richmond
    Jonathan Coleman The New Y-Capp, Inc.
    Sharon Dabney-Wooldridge* President and CEO The Klean Kare Team
    Tim Davey* Vice president, business development, Timmons Group
    Patrick Farrell* CEO, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
    Candace Formacek* Vice president and treasurer, Universal Corporation
    Moses Foster* President and CEO, West Cary Group
    Jerry Fox Partner-In-Charge, Cherry, Bekaert and Holland
    B. Keith Fulton* Vice president, Mid-Atlantic Region and State Government Affairs, Verizon
    Stephen Gannon* EVP and Deputy General Counsel, Capital One
    Gary Gore* Managing Director of U.S. Trust/BofA Private Wealth Management/Richmond Market President,
    Bank of America
    Thomas E. Gottwald* President and CEO, NewMarket Corporation
    Robert J. Grey, Jr., Esq.Partner, Hunton and Williams
    Brenton S. Halsey Chairman emeritus, James River Corporation
    Adam Harrell* Co-managing partner, Harrell and Chambliss
    Monroe E. Harris, Jr., DMD Principal, Virginia Oral and Facial Surgery
    Bruce R. Hazelgrove, III* Vice president, Corporate Resources, NewMarket Corporation
    Devon Henry* CEO and President, Team Henry Enterprises
    C.T. Hill**
    Brian K. Jackson* Partner, Hirschler Fleischer
    Darius Johnson* President, Premier Bank, Consolidated Division
    Kenneth S. Johnson* President, Johnson, Inc.
    Kenneth Jones President and CEO, Prestige Construction
    Rev. Michael J. Jones Senior pastor, Village of Faith Ministries
    Bruce Kay Vice president, Markel Corporation
    C. Burke King* President, Virginia market, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Jon King CEO, Exclusive Staffing
    Justin Knight President, Apple REIT
    Otto Konrad Partner, Kaufman and Canoles
    Jeffrey M. Lacker* President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
    Richard Lambert Vice president/general manager, Scott’s Funeral Home
    Michael Laming* Director, Human Resources, Genworth Financial
    Nico de Leon* President, NXL
    Charles Macfarlane* Managing member, MacFarlane Partners
    Sal Mancuso* Vice president and treasurer, Altria Group, Inc.
    David Mills,SVP and corporate secretary, K-Line America, Inc.
    Rumy Mohta CEO, Atlas Branding and Communications
    John Molster * Managing director, Scott and Stringfellow
    Jay Moore* Partner, Hunton and Williams
    Thomas Osgood EVP, CFO and CAO, Xenith Bank
    Harold Parker, Jr.* Owner, Old Dominion Electrical Supply
    Angela Patton Founder, Camp Diva
    Claude Perkins* President, Virginia Union University
    Burt Pinnock Principal, BAM Architects
    Michael Rao* President, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Gary L. Rhodes* President, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
    John Rivers Manager, Regional Sales, Cisco Systems
    -Ellen ROBERTSON** Vice president, Richmond City Council
    Dr. Pamela Royal* CEO, Royal Dermatology and Aesthetic
    – Charles SAMUELS** President, Richmond City Council
    Lisa Schaffner* Director of Public Relations and Marketing, United Network for Organ Sharing
    Linda Schreiner* SVP, Human Resources and Communications, MeadWestvaco
    -Thomas SILVESTRI* President and publisher, Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Oliver Singleton* President/CEO, The Metropolitan Business League
    Dwight Snead President, Dwight Snead Construction
    Ronald Stallings CEO, Walker Row Partnership
    James Theobald* Chairman, Hirschler Fleischer
    Andrew Thornton* President, LaDifference
    Dr. Eugene P. Trani** President emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Albert W. Thweatt, Sr. CEO, Alrod Enterprises
    James E. UKROP* Principal, New Richmond Ventures
    Mark Van Sumeren* Executive vice president, Business Development, Owens and Minor
    Leonard Venter Managing partner, LAV and Associates
    Jason Vickers-Smith Principal, WVS Companies
    Marilyn West* President and CEO, M. H. West and Co.
    Brian White Principal, SWA Construction
    Matt Williams* CEO, The Martin Agency
    Michael Zajur* Founder/CEO Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Becky

    Annual Contributors:
    Altria/Philip Morris USA, Anthem, Bank of America, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Brandywine Realty Trust, Capital One, Cherry Bekaert LLP, The Community Foundation, Davenport & Co. LLC, Dominion, Ernst & Young LLP, Genworth Financial, HCA Richmond Hospitals, Hirschler Fleischer. Hunton & Williams LLP,
    J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, K-Line, KPMG LLP, Markel Corporation, The Martin Agency,
    McGuireWoods, Media General Inc., Mercer Marsh, Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, MeadWestvaco, NewMarket Corporation, NXL Construction Services, Owens & Minor Inc., The Rosenthal Foundation, Running With Scissors, Rutherfoord, Sands Anderson,
    S.B. Cox, Scott & Stringfellow, SunTrust Bank, Ukrop’s Endowment Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, Ukrop’s Super Markets Inc., Union First Market Bank, The Universal Leaf Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University/VCU Health System, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Williams Mullen Foundation, The WVS Companies
    Contributors
    Al Broaddus, Apple REIT/Richmond Marriott, Astyra Corporation, Baskervill Margaret Bowen, The Capstone Contracting Company, Commonwealth Architects, Dominion Realty, DoubleTree Hotel, Elam & Funsten,
    Elisabeth Reed Carter Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia,
    Sue and Sandy Fitz-Hugh, Brent Halsey, Monroe E. Harris, Hilton Garden Inn, Tammy and Brian Jackson,
    James Center, La Difference, Thomas and Marilyn Lippard, Mark Dunning Industries, Inc.,M. H. West & Co.
    Inc., Main Street Realty, Mark Merhige, Old Dominion Electrical Supply, Premier Bank, Prestige Construction Group, Richmond Cold Storage Co. Inc., Robert Sledd, Royal Dermatology and Aesthetic, Scott’s Funeral Home,
    Timmons, Virginia State University Virginia Union University, Warren, Whitney, Sherwood & Co.,Al Broaddus,
    Apple REIT/Richmond, Marriott, Astyra Corporation, Baskervill Margaret Bowen, The Capstone Contracting Company, Commonwealth Architects, Dominion Realty, DoubleTree Hotel, Elam & Funsten,
    Elisabeth Reed Carter Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
    Sue and Sandy Fitz-Hugh, Brent Halsey, Monroe E. Harris, Hilton Garden Inn, Tammy and Brian Jackson,
    James Center, La Difference, Thomas and Marilyn Lippard, Mark Dunning Industries, Inc., M. H. West & Co
    Inc., Main Street Realty, Mark Merhige, Old Dominion Electrical Supply, Premier Bank, Prestige Construction
    Group, Richmond Cold Storage Co. Inc., Robert Sledd, Royal Dermatology and Aesthetic, Scott’s Funeral Home,
    Timmons.Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, Warren, Whitney, Sherwood & Co.
    Partners:
    Richmond Times-Dispatch, Discover Richmond, Richmond.com, Style Weekly, Richmond Free Press,
    Richmond GRID, Richmond Magazine, RVA Magazine, RVANews, WRIC-TV8 (ABC), WWBT (NBC 12), WTVR-TV 6
    (CBS 6), WCVE (PBS).City of Richmond, Greater Richmond Chamber, Historic Richmond Foundation, Greater Richmond Partnership,Inc., Richmond Sports Backers, 17th Street Farmers’ Market, Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • Becky

    Jones has been fundraising for a possible reelection campaign, with a majority of contributions from Altria Group Inc and Dominion Resources Inc executives and employees. In 2011, Jones re-election committee received 96 donations, 46 of the donations (45% of the total cash value) from these two corporations, their executives, and employees.[3] Complaints of corporate influence and favoritism arose after Jones’ 2008 election when the Mayor supported construction of a new city jail by City Central LLC. City Central LLC was a consortium of individuals and corporations which were major contributors to Jones 2008 election campaign.[4]

  • manalishi

    Great homework Becky! Democrats make Mcdonnel look like mother Theresa. Richmond deserves it’s plight for voting democrat.

  • athynz

    Jones is doing everything he can to keep this vote from the citizens of the city Why is that Mayor Jones? Are you scared that the citizens will vote against it? Come on man, have the cajones to put this to a vote and if the vote is a “nay” then surrender gracefully.

    manalishi – I completely agree with you.

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