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Vince Onorato Says Goodbye UPDATED

Supervisor Vince Onorato left with a bang last night.

First, he apologized to the people in the Lee Hill District for not setting a new course in government.

“Four years ago, we set out on a course and we didn’t get there,” he said. “We didn’t have the votes and the development community wanted to, let’s just say improve the majority on the board, and they have done a very good job doing so.”

Vince then said his mother always told him that if he didn’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing.

“I will take her advice,” he said.

Vince then went on to attack several people in the community.

To Free Lance-Star editorial writer Paul Akers, Vince quoted Adlai E. Stevenson II:

“Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.”

For his successor, Gary Skinner, he quoted Stevenson again:

“He who slings mud generally loses ground.”

I spoke with VInce and he confirmed the quote for School Superintendent Jerry Hill, along with the School Board and especially Ray Lora:

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie–diliberate, contrived, and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.”

And for himself, Vince quoted Stevenson again:

“If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.”

Vince said that if you don’t like what he has to say, then plug your ears. And then he walked off into the sunset, briefcase in hand, leaving behind five public hearings and a closed session.

I am just glad I didn’t get this Stevenson quote:

“Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.”


I am writing a story about some more reaction and more comments from Vince, so stay tuned.


  • Poppinjay

    Onorato truly put the ass in class. At least now we know he had no plan to be the voice for his constituents, just a braying ass who thinks he’s smarter than everybody. He’s a loser, both in the election and in life.

  • historylover

    I have been very grateful to Onorato ever since he got on the BOS. He makes me thankful that I live in stafford.

  • Fredtastic

    For proving the point of some 65% of your district who voted you out. Thank you also for giving me many laughs along with moments of speechlessness during your tenure on the Board. The brightest minds in Hollywood couldn’t make up some of the stuff you come up with. Well done!

  • mooseman

    you make me glad I live in Stafford! To quote someone else famous…go F yourself..Dave Chappelle!

  • muffetjane

    I didn’t live in Spotsy because of him. I went to one BOS meeting, and his attitude and words made me sooo thankful I didn’t have to deal with him in my county! How did he ever get into office? False promises that he is now apologizing for?!

  • bob367

    This guy is truly a jerk. I’m glad he’s gone. He’s an embarASSment to the county and the citizens he was supposed to be representing.

  • rahooh

    Having watched Mr Onorato many have not understood the man. He was always honest and spoke his mind, which just wasn’t always the wisest thing he could of done. But you always knew where you stood with Vince, not like some other representatives we have. Best of luck to you Vince and Thank you for your time.

  • Fredtastic

    Maybe that’s how it appeared – that he always spoke the truth. But that’s a croc and I’ve witnessed it from the inside – he was as political as the rest. He would rip honest, hard working county employees up and down over nothing just because he could. He was a disgrace to the title of a Supervisor.

  • Fredtastic

    That was a great write up. I love how you set it up with him quoting his mother and then doing the total opposite. Although he made that one easy on you didn’t he? That was awesome. One thing is for sure though, Spotsy Board meetings will be less exciting with him gone.

  • rebkee

    vinny was a pompas idiot when he got elected and his last (thankfully) bos meeting only proved public life has not
    changed him one bit. glad he is slithering away. spotsy
    will be better off without him.