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Prosecutor’s email angers Culpeper supervisors
An email sent by Culpeper Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Frederick has outraged several county supervisors after going viral this week.
The email is an endorsement of two Board of Supervisors incumbents facing challengers in the November election, Larry Aylor of the Cedar Mountain District and Bradley Rosenberger of the Jefferson District.
In the email, originally sent to about a dozen people last Friday, Frederick praises Aylor and Rosenberger for supporting her in last November’s election and as the “only two [supervisors] who stood openly against the Sheriff getting a $1.5 million building, of which our county does not need.”
Frederick then adds, “They lost this battle, due to incompetent and corrupt members of the board.”
Supervisor Steve Nixon said in a telephone interview that Frederick’s allegation “is so preposterous that it is not worthy of a comment.” But others on the board had more to say.
“I received copies of Ms. Frederick’s email from several people, and being called corrupt by the commonwealth’s attorney really shocked me,” said board Chairman Sue Hansohn. “Nothing could be further from the truth.
“As board members we have been called many things, but I can say that this comment is most bizarre. More importantly, I am concerned about the effect these statements will have on the integrity of the commonwealth attorney’s office.”
Supervisor Bill Chase was even more emphatic.
“I’m furious,” he said. “There’s not a corrupt bone in my body. I’ve always tried to do things aboveboard. She could have called me anything in the book but not corrupt. I would think a commonwealth’s attorney could do better.”
Frederick, who has been at odds with the Board over funding for a private investigator for her office and in-house raises, took the supervisors to task on these issues.
“There are many members of the Board of Supervisors who have tried to bully me with their rude behaviors and unjust voting,” the email states. “But not two of them. Two of them have been pleasant, supportive, and encouraged me in my conservative and independent values.”
Frederick’s email also appears to take a shot at other unnamed officials.
“There are many, many details I could give about the poor behavior and ignorance I have witnessed from certain elected officials in Culpeper, but to be frank, those people bore me now,” she says in her email. “I’m tired of their games.”
Contacted Wednesday night, Frederick would not explain her use of the word “corrupt” in her email or name specific board members who she feels fall into this category.
“I wrote that email expressing my opinion of certain board members as a private citizen,” she said. “The email speaks for itself and I stand behind it.”
Rosenberger said that he had not received or read the email and could not comment on it.
Aylor said, “She expressed her support for me and I appreciate it. She expressed her opinion in her own words, and if she stands behind that email I admire her for it.”
Regarding the “corrupt” charge, Aylor said, “I’m not going to say anything negative about another supervisor.”
He added, “I voted for Megan and I’d vote for her again. She’s done wonderful things for the commonwealth attorney’s office.”
Supervisor Alexa Fritz refused to comment on the issue, and Supervisor Steve Walker did not return a call.
In defense of his colleagues, Chase said, “I’ve served on the Board of Supervisors for 32 years and on the Planning Commission five years before that. In 37 years, I’ve never seen one instance of corruption. I don’t think [Frederick] knows what the word means.”