Fairfax is a small city of less than 25,000 people in northern Virginia and part of the greater Arlington and Alexandria metropolitan area. It is only about 10 miles due west of Washington DC.
The third-term Mayor of Fairfax is Richard (Scott) Silverthorne, an Independent and sometimes listed as a Democrat.
In June 2015, Silverthorne was laid off from his position as the Director of Recruitment for the National Association of Manufacturers.
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In September, 2015, Silverthorne filed bankruptcy due largely to the $58,000 he owed various creditors.
In September-October, 2015, Silverthorne lost his 5-bedroom home to foreclosure and ended up moving into a townhouse with a friend.
In October 2015, Silverthorne found out that a lump on his neck was squamous cell carcinoma. Although generally non-lethal, it was an aggressive form of cancer.
In January, 2016, Silverthorne told the media:
“It’s been a terrible year for me. There’s no question about it. I can try to sugarcoat it as best I can, but the facts speak for themselves.”
They say that sometimes desperate measures call for desperate actions and that may well be the best way to describe Silverthorne. According to the Fairfax County Police Department:
“In late July, the Organized Crime and Narcotics (OCN) Division received information about a possible distributor of methamphetamine and immediately began an investigative inquiry. Methamphetamine is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Based on information obtained during the investigation, a suspect was identified who was allegedly distributing methamphetamine through a website used to arrange for casual sexual encounters between men.”
“An undercover detective created a profile on this website and within a few days, the suspect made contact through the website. After the initial exchange, the suspect communicated via text messaging. During the course of communication, the suspect advised that he could provide methamphetamine for sexual encounters. Undercover detectives agreed to meet the suspect for a group sexual encounter in exchange for methamphetamine. The suspect arranged to bring methamphetamine along with other men to the engagement.”
‘On Thursday, August 4, the Street Crimes Unit (part of the Organized Crime and Narcotics Division) met the suspect at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 1960 Chain Bridge Road in Tysons Corner. The initial suspect was identified as Richard ‘Scott’ Silverthorne, 50, of Fairfax. Silverthorne provided methamphetamine to the undercover detectives and was subsequently arrested and charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Silverthorne holds the office of Mayor of the City of Fairfax, Virginia, and is also employed as a substitute teacher for the Fairfax County Public Schools.”
Along with the arrest of Silverthorne, police arrested 34-year-old Juan Jose Fernandez and 21-year-old Caustin Lee McLaughlin. They were charged with felony possession and distribution of meth.
Considering the fact that the residents of Fairfax have voted for liberal Democrats in the past several federal elections, it’s no wonder they ended up with a mayor who knowingly resorts to crime to solve his personal financial problems. Reminds me of the quote from Forest Gump – ‘Stupid is as stupid does’ – and all you can say now is that Silverthorne acted stupidly and got caught for it.