Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Councilwoman, Norfolk Southern spouse, and memner of Christ and St. Luke's Church, is now running for the Virginia Senate's 21st District seat.

Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council, Lt. Governor of Virginia\

All politicians have people around them spouting off about how wonderful they are. Sucking up galore is a large part of the political game. But shouldn't Virginia voters hear more about candidates than just their self-serving propaganda? Maybe something about the real them.

So remember how Andria McClellan "appropriated" Barclay Winn's web domain name, BarclayWinn.com, when she ran against him for his seat on the Norfolk City Council (Virginian-Pilot story)? Remember how her explanation "evolved" (WVEC news)? Remember how she used that domain name to divert people who were looking for the long-time incumbent's website to her own website, AndriaMcClellan.com? Who does something so blatantly sleazy? Did we mention she's a big Ayn Rand fan, even named a son after a character from a Rand novel (but more about that later)?

 

Andria McClellan, domain name pirate, Barclay Winn

Despite the public revelation of her deceitfulness, Miss Ethically Slick managed to beat Winn, who was unused to defending his seat against such a conniving upstart. Andria McClellan's decency-and-ethics-challenged supporters even praised her "cunning Internet savvy," as they berated Barclay Winn for neglecting to keep a firm grip on the domain name he had previously owned, because, after all, it was his own name!

All of which brings us to the present instance of stupid negligence, namely THE IRONIC DOMAIN NAME OF THIS WEBSITE, since (by her own thieving logic) any truly clever domain name purchaser would buy up not only her actual name, but any similar name that could be so easily mistaken for it, thereby avoiding being punked by rascals who would trade on or pounce on someone else's good name (or in this case, maybe not so good). After all, who can remember if one of those son-of-a-Scotsman names starts with a Mc or a Mac? Was it Lady McBeth or Lady MacBeth? Was Abraham Lincoln's ever-so-overly-cautious nightmare of a commanding general George McClellan or George MacClellan?

 

Miss Slick's piracy made the news

(tainted by poor judgment and deceit from the get-go)

She played ignorant, said "I think somebody I know" did it.

Then it was just "a strategic move by my web designer, not deceitful."

 

The "Gotcha" Girl

First she said, "I think somebody that I know bought it for me. It's sort of surprising that his domain was available. He's been in office for 16 years, we were surprised when we found out his domain was available." Yeah, right, "somebody." Then she admitted "it was a strategic move by my web developer."

"It doesn't make anyone 'lose faith in politics.' What does make people lose faith in politics is the lack of transparency in our local governmet," blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Yet look at how much more transparent the Norfolk City Council has become —NOT! — thanks to her.

Let's put it this way, not only was she unable to resist such tawdry deceitfulness, but she didn't have the judgment to realize it would inevitably become a public embarrassment. Anyone going to the "Barclay Winn" website would certainly notice that they ended up at the Andria McClellan website instead. She might have been better off claiming her website switcheroo was just a playful joke, a way to shake up a tired old incumbent politician, but who would have believed it? Her? A joke?

And yet, she won, though lost the vote of her own neighborhood (you know, where her neighbors live). She set up her campaign headquarters in Ocean View, on the opposite end of the city from her neighborhood in the "historic" Ghent District of Norfolk. Easier to dupe the people farther from home? And, of course, she learned how to use all the big, politically fashionable words, things like "transparency" and "inclusiveness" and "resiliency" and "diversification" and "innovation."

Oh, and she loves to tout herself as an "entrepreneur," claiming she founded and ran two small start-up tech companies. But has she ever named those companies or mentioned how they did? Anyone can start and run a small business, especially if they have plenty of seed money, but not everyone can make a business a success.

So what serious problems has the Queen Bee — or is it Queen A? — of Norfolk politics actually solved while perched atop her Norfolk City Council stepping stone? She claims something about getting the busses to run better, the busses that the ridiculously expensive and little ridden light rail was supposed to replace. But has she really fixed Norfolk so well already that she can now shift her towering ambition to bigger and better things?

Now to the credit of Barlay Winn — the longtime Norfolk City Councilman Andria unseated —he was solely dedicated to doing what he called "the important business" of the Norfolk City Council. In other words, he wasn't using his council seat as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. But before we knew it, Andria was ready to move on, now to become Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

 

A whiz-bang self-promoter, but...

Andria McClellan

 

Hardly a Populist Candidate

She finished a distant fourth place (10% of the vote) in her Democratic primary run for VA Gov Lite, with less that 4% of her money from small donors

Source for all the figures

Andria McClel

What a whopper!   40%?   Really?

She wasted over $946,000 — almost a million bucks! — on her quixotic ego quest. That's more than $18 per vote, three times what the winner spent per vote! Her donors should think about that before wasting their money again. And all she accomplished was to prove hlow unpopular she was. She didn't win in any Hampton Roads city! She even lost the vote in her own hometown, Norfolk, where she only got a third of the vote. Think about it, a city councilwoman who couldn't win her own city. This pitiable showing should spell the end of her political career, but we'll see. So maybe a Norfolk City Council seat shouldn't just be a stepping stone to higher things.

Check out her miserable showing:

 

 

And Yet, She Ran Again,

and Lost Big-Time Again

A Three-Time Loser

Running for the Virginia Senate her second time around, this time for the newly created Senate District 21 seat that represents her own home city (where she is currently on the Norfolk City Council), she lost in the Democratic primary (on June 20, 2023) to Angelia Williams Graves in a lopsided 38% to 62% defeat.

Despite all her polish, all her looks-good-on-paper creds, all her "concern" about transpareny and diversity and the environment, etc., etc., etc., she just isn't that popular with the voters.

  

 

Business Bankruptcy

"Entrepreneur and Philanthropist"

While campaigning for public office, Andria McClellan has called herself an “entrepreneur and philanthropist.”  But doesn’t combining those two words suggest business success?  Being so successful at some business enterprise that she is able to donate money to others?  But is planting that suggestion in the minds of voters a fraud?

 

The Story of Her Entrepreneurial "Success"

After college she worked awhile for a large corporation in marketing plastics. Then she got herself into the business management program at the prestigious Wharton School, the same school Donald Trump went to. In 1999, with all her new management skills under her belt, Andria got herself hired to manage a tech start-up company named Civic Zone, located in Alexandria, Virginia. But a year later, in 2000, she declared corporate bankruptcy. The company's twenty-two employees all lost their jobs, and the start-up's funders lost all or most of their investments. Andria blamed the failure on "the tech bubble bursting."

She isn't believed to have held any job in a commercial enterprise since then, living instead on her husband's substantial income from Norfolk Southern Corporation, where he's a vice president and currently Norfolk Southern's Chief Strategy Officer.  

Check out her employment history:

 

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The Dark, but Profitable, Stuff

(as in as black and grimy as coal)

 

YouTube: Milking Norfolk Southern

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Despite her claim to be some sort of "entrepreneur," most of her scratch actually comes from Fortune 500 NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION. Her "rags to riches" story is actually that she married the son of a big-shot Norfolk Southern exec, and now he's a big-shot Norfolk Southern exec (vice president). But he's hardly the only one working for that grimy cash cow who gives her lots of dough.

 

Her Top Donors List

Lots of top Norfolk Southern execs,

over $400,000 from them:

AndrMcClellan's top donors top list

Norfolk Southern, a Huge Polluter

Norfolk Southern's coal trains sprew toxic coal dust across the Commonwealth of Virginia from the coal fields in the west to the world's largest coal exporting port in the southeast. At Norfolk City Council meetings, Councilwoman Andria McClellan has often had to query the city attorney as to whether she has a conflict of interest before casting her vote because of her financial holdings. Do we really want a lieutenant governor of Virginia who's financially dependent on such a big-time corporate polluter?

Get the FULL Norfolk Southern COAL DUST STORY

Virginian-Pilot Coal Dust Exposés

 

Will Andria McClellan, of all people, do anything to stop Norfolk Southern's rampant coal dust polluting?

And for decades NS has also been a huge, self-serving CLIMATE-CHANGE DENIER. Filthy lucre indeed!

Andria McClellan, Norfolk Southern Corporation, coal dust, profits

Railroad industry estimates are that approximately one pound of coal dust per mile flies off of uncovered coal cars in transit, and Norfolk Southern despite its massive profits, refuses to cover its cars. So do the math: A hundred-car train (Norfolk Southern's are usually longer) would spew about 40 tons of nasty coal dust traveling the approximtely 300 miles across Virginia! And those Norfolk Southern coal trains keep rolling and rolling, day and night, across the state. Yet Norfolk Southern has a long history of denying there's any problem with its coal dust polluting and refusing to abate that problem. Check out Norfolk Southern's ever huge revenues and think filthy lucre, indeed!

Andria McClellan, Norfolk Southern Corporation, pollution galore!

See how Norfolk Southern ignores coal dust concerns

 

Virginian-Pilot Coal Dust Exposés

 

See the Coal Dust Fly

Norfolk Southern's coal trains on the move:

 

See lots of videos of Norfolk Southern coal trains polluting various localities along the tracks in Virginia. These videos plainly show the dust suppressant that Norfolk Southern claims it sprays on its coal before transit hardly keeps the dust down:

Polluting Altavista, VA

Polluting Jack, VA

Polluting Elliston, VA

Polluting Blackstone, VA

Stuarts Draft, VA

Polluting Waverly, VA

Polluting Wakefield, VA

Polluting Suffolk, VA

Polluting Suffolk, VA

Polluting Norfolk, VA

Polluting Norfolk, VA

Polluting Norfolk, VA

Polluting Norfolk, VA

And in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

 

"Coal Dust" Andria

 

 

 

Norfolk's St. Paul Ghetto "Revitalization"

Of course she voted for the Norfolk's next round of de facto gentrification!

Queen Andria McClellan, St. Paul's Revitalization, Norfolk

It's hardly the first time the City of Norfolk has run lower-income African Americans out of a neighborhood with a lick and a promise, all in the name of "progress," right. But Miss "Inclusiveness" City Councilwoman, aren't things supposed to be different now, even supposed to be better?

Bloomberg: A Virginia City's Playbook for Urban Renewal: Move Out the Poor

Virginian-Pilot: St. Pauls Redevelopment Plan Offers False Choices

 

How rich! Snow White is all about equality in her first TV ad:

 

 

A Short-Sighted Mistake

in her own neighborhood

Andria McClellan's church, historic Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the Ghent Historic District, decided it wanted to build a modernistic glass structure jutting from the rear of its Gothic Revival cathedral, built in 1910. It was only one of her High-Church cathedral's questionable decisions.

Andria McClellan, in favor of Christ and St. Luke's Guild House destruction boondoggle

But neighbors in the Historic District didn't approve of either the disparate architecture nor the serious parking problems caused by the large events the church would likely hold in this huge glass-enclosed space, so they went to the Norfolk Circuit Court, and in 2008 the court stopped it.

But even though old houses in the Historic District should not be demolished willy-nilly, before the final resolution by the court, the church tore down its 100-year-old Guild House to make room for the new structure. The Guild House, by the way, had been a beehive of social outreach activity, and its architecture had fit the architecture of the rest of the neighborhood.

Andria McClellan, all in with Christ and St. Luke's Guild House destruction boondoggle

"Demolition of the century-old Guild House in Ghent began Tuesday, hours before the City Council voted to explore ways to preserve the community's historic offerings" — Andria McClellan

Virginian-Pilot photo, Feb. 27, 2008

 

The original idea was that the church would build a replica of the historic Guild House across the street from the new glass-and-steel edifice, but just like the ill-conceived new structure, the replica never materialized.

It's unknown, at least outside the church, how involved AndriaMcClellan was in the decision to demolish the Guild House (though she seems to manage to get herself onto all kinds of boards), but here's what she told the local news:

"It [the lawsuit] has cruelly and negatively affected our ability to maintain and restore our buildings"— Andria McClellan

Is tearing down a historic and architecturally appropriate building ever a proper way to "maintain and restore" it?

Andria McClellan, all for destroying the Guild House at Christ and St. Luke's

 

A Huge Ayn Rand Fan

(progressive voters beware)

It was on the conservative John Fredericks Radio Network that Andria publicly revealed she's a huge Ayn Rand fan, just like Donald, Trump, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, etc. Andria said she's so much into Ayn Rand that she even named one of her sons after Howard Roark, a character in Rand's novel The Fountainhead.

There's just something about a guy who knows how to

sling a jackhammer:

– and sling a woman:

 

John Oliver's take on Rand:

 

You gotta wonder why Andria was so attracted to Ayn Rand, who dwelled full-bore in an anti-feminist mindset, though some modern-day self-proclaimed feminists seem to have embraced her "philosophy," Objectivism.

Some prime Ayn Rand quotes:

“I’m a male chauvinist."

"I am profoundly anti-feminist because it’s a phony movement.”

"The essence of femininity is hero worship – the desire to look up to man."

“She [a female president] would become the most unfeminine, sexless, metaphysically inappropriate, and rationally revolting figure of all: a matriarch.”

Andria McClellan even claimed during her first appearance on John Fredericks' Conservative Radio Show that one of the reasons she was moved to run for political office was that she was rudely told by former Mayor Fraim of Norfolk that she could not stand up and speak longer than the alotted three minutes. But this writer happened to have been at that meeting of the City Council and witnessed that the dignified mayor treated her with the same courteousy that he treated all speakers.

Ms. Rand, too, would have surely chafed at such an unnatural constraint on her personal freedoms. Nevertheless, years after Ayn Rand fan Andria McClellan got herself elected to City Council, has that egregious time limit changed?

Mayor Fraim, by the way, was the one who appointed her to the Norfolk Planning Commission. Then she bet the proverbial hand that fed her when she unseated incumbent Councilan Barclay Winn, whom Mayor Fraim had endorsed.

 

Artist's conception of Norfolk's

someday memorial to Mayor Fraim:

City Councilwoman Andria McClellan (think the seagull)

and Mayor Paul Fraim, Norfolk

Remember how Andria McClellan tried to establish her "Mr Too" creds by dissing Mayor Fraim for allegedly trying to shut her up when she was speaking to the City Council during the after-meeting public comments? That's when citizens get to express themselves for up to three minutes. As I recall (I was at that meeting), she was going on about the schoiol board when her time was up. Mayor Fraim, who was always a gentleman, and was then too, simply told her her time was up. But to hear her tell it later, the chauvinist man had shut the feminist cause célèbre incarnate down.

 

Coverup

Abuse of power, cronyism, and record keeping shenannigans,

or how they do things in Norfolk's City Hall

Andria McClellan, bad hair day

Another Story from Her Neighborhood

A retired married couple, both long-time citizens of Norfolk, bought a vacant lot in her neighborhood in Norfolk's "Historic Ghent District" in order to build a house for themselves on it. They even chose to build the house in an architectural style that would blend with the old neighborhood's original 1890s houses. But two nearby neighbors got very ugly about the new house being built near them, and one of these "neighbors" was Andria McClellan.

During the building of the new house, Andria McClellan got herself appointed to the City Planning Commission. When the couple building the house had to appeal to that commission for an exception to locate a corner of their front steps about one foot closer to the sidewalk than current City regulations allowed (even though the majority of older houses in the historic neighborhood violate this modern-day aesthetic rule), brand-new planning commissioner Andria McClellan, at her very first appearance at a public meeting of the commission, launched into a disparaging, whopper-filled diatribe against the house under construction. Besides dissing the architecture of the house under construction, she told her fellow commissioners that she knew the neighborhood well, and there would be "another neighborhood uprising" if the requested change to the house were allowed. She also claimed that the lot the house was being built on had previously been a "neighborhood gathering place." But it was all lies. There had been no prior "neighborhood uprising" (unless Andria McClellan herself and the one other disgruntled neighbor could be labeled such) and the lot had never been an kind of "neighborhood gathering place."

After one of the home builders stood up and rebutted all that Commissioner Andria McClellan had said, the Planning Commission decided to continue its considerations of the construction exception to its next month's meeting, in other words, costing the home builders a month's delay in construction time. Neighborhood rumor had it that the main reason Andria McClellan was miffed was that the new house would obstruct her view of downtown fireworks shows from her house.

The retired couple then requested that the Norfolk City Council recuse this obviously prejudiced planning commissioner from any further consideration of the house under construction, since she appeared to be abusing her nowfound powers to her personal ends. They also requested a copy of the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting under the provisions of Virginia's exceptions-laden Freedom of Information Act. Curiously, when the copy of the official minutes of that City Planning Commission meeting arrived, all mention of Andria McClellan's disparaging whoppers and the rebutals made to them were missing from it, even though the comments made by all the other commissioners and witnesses were summarized in considerable detail.

The credulity-strained verdict of the hogtied Virginia FOIA Council

The Norfolk City Council cavalierly did not respond to the couple's recusal request, even though they were long-time, tax-paying citizens of Norfolk. Neither was there an announcement of findings of any investigation. Also, neither the Norfolk City Council nor the chairman of the City Planning Commission responded to inquiries about how the minutes of the meeting could include detailed summaries of what everyone who spoke said, yet be devoid of the slightest mention of all that Planning Commissioner Andria McClellan said.

Nevertheless, and possibly because the home builders made noises about taking legal action over how the City's questionable rules were being applied to their house, the conscientious new planning commissioner Andria McClellan failed to appear at the next scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission (the second meeting in her planning commission career), where the couple's request for the minor exception was granted. Maybe someone advised her not to make more trouble by showing her face.

But this was not the end of it. As we shall see later, Andria McClellan would then use Facebook to brand the new neighbors she had persecuted "haters."

 

Character Matters

Her infamous Facebook spitefulness

Embarrassing, yes, but we can't ignore her infamous social-media mean-girl antics. For example, one that really took the cake, the time she bashed kids from a school dedicated to educating children who learn differently. According to her, those loser kids ("those little shits," she called them) horribly abused her privileged son's sixth-grade team on the basketball court. Gee, where were the referee and coaches?

 

YouTube: Bashing Learning-Different Children

Andria McClellan, infamous Facebook troll, politically incorrect

Her and Her BFFs' FACEBOOK Thread

So who talks like that? It's like noblesse oblige gone horribly wrong. "Screw those peasants. They will never prosper."

By the time she started her election campaign, she was claiming she sent her kids to public schools, which sounded all populist and egalitarian, right, but oops, before she started running, they'd all gone to a private school:

Andria McClellan, The Williams School, private school, public school

 

"Don't Mess with Meanness!"

Or just more petty Facebook trolling

City Councilwoman Andria McClellan, intolerant of "haters"

 

#HYPOCRISY #hate-R-us #mean-girls-RULE!

Ouch, a "hater" dropped a dime on her "no hate" sign!

Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council, Facebook troll, hate, yard sign

What kind of person loves to brand other people as "haters"? As she pointed out herself, the alleged "hater" waited a five months before dropping a dime on her "no hate" sign. Are genuine haters usually so patient? Don't the serious haters pounce on their victims post haste, for example, on Facebook?

Whining about "a very, very small street with very little traffic"? So why would she bunch her signs there?

NOTE: Any City official (especially a City Council member) should know the laws of her own City, and should understand her City's confidentiality policy, which is to encourage citizens to report signage and other violations to the City without having to dread recriminations from the neighborhood mean girl who happens to be on the city council?

 

YouTube: Vindictiveness and Cyberbullying

 

Petty Spitefulness

Never a good trait, especially in a politician

Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council, "no hate", voodoo goddess

Suggestion for her next yard sign:

Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council, cyber bully

 

But Try Tweeting about Her...

Oh, no, no, no! Can't take the truth.

 

 

 

"Engage Norfolk," Really?

Remember her famous campaign, Engage Norfolk, to get citizens of Norfolk engaged in addressing the problems of their city — and to get her lots of exposure? So when a rash of unsightly, rusting "love" locks showed up on the historic Hague bridge in her own neighborhood in the Ghent Historic District, naturally concerned citizens wanted these eyesores removed and the defacing of the serene old bridge stopped. But Andria McClellan championed the mess of locks on the bridge, since she probably figured that would be a popular position (as it was with the vandals who locked their locks there):

History of the Hague Bridge

The shabby look she chose to champion

 

 

Her Affair with the Locks

Andria McClellan just loved those unsightly love locks ever so much!

More Social-Media Nastiness

Here's how Andria dissed neighbors trying to do something about the locks. You guessed it, on Facebook again:

Andria McClellan, AltDaily, loves those locks!

Andria McClellan and her Norfolk City Council cronies refused to do anything about the love locks, despite a petition signed by 300 people from her neighborhood requesting that the locks be removed. Remember her (bogus?) claim that "all my neighbors with whom I've talked like the locks." Neighbors on her own street, her own block, signed the petition to have the locks removed:

Andria McClellan simply must have her love locks!

The Norfolk Circuit Court Decides

NO MORE LOCKS!

Citizens had to go to court to force Andria McClellan and her Norfolk City Council cronies to simply uphold the City's own laws.

The judge pointed out that locking padlocks to a public bridge IS INDEED ILLEGAL, City Code Sec. 42-10(b), plus IT IS PERFECTLY LEGAL for citizens to remove such locks (and citizens did indeed removed the mass majority of them).

The judge threatened to seat a grand jury to consider the matter, but Andria McClellan and her Norfolk City Council politician cronies preferred not to have to explain under oath why they refused to uphold the law or even answer citizens' questions and complaints. So they went ahead and had the remaining locks removed, thereby also removing any need for them to face questions in court.

A sensible good-bye to the locks:

 

After the locks were removed from the bridge, Andria McClellan got a "brilliant idea." She would provide an alternative sculpture near the bridge for lock lovers to lock their locks to, since such are her all-important priorities. She even dubbed the area she selected for her sculpture the "Love Grove," but the name never took. She even got someone to pony up $1,000 to pay an artist for a design for the sculpture, even got the Norfolk's Public Arts Commission to endorse it, with an estimated price tag of $25-30,000! But after a year of trying to drum up interest and raise money, the whole project miserably flopped. Apparently there wasn't nearly as much love for the locks as Andria McClellan had claimed. And so much for her idea of an important priority.

 

Fit to be the Governor in waiting?

A leader or a temperamentally flawed poser?

Just cuz someone's good at getting herself appointed or elected to things (aka padding her political résumé), doesn't mean she has what's needed for the job — or doesn't have what sure as hell is not needed.

One sharp cookie, but:

Remember, Virginia's lieutenant governor is the second highest elected official in the Commonwealth, also the president of the state senate. She would work with the governor and cabinet to enact and implement policies. She would play a crucial role in setting the tone of the administration and the general assembly. She would become the new governor if anything happened to the governor. Is SHE the one for this?

 

Andria McClellan, Marie Antoinette impersonator on the Norfolk City Council, to become Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Andria McClellan wants your vote for lieutenant governor of Virginia, and you better not say no!

Oops, she did it again!

Norfolk City Council, Formal Session, February 13, 2024: Watch spiteful Councilwoman Andria McClellan defy the Ghent Neighborhood League just to diss some neighbors she does not like (who were complaining to the city council about excessive outdoor house lighting), and in the process enable the spread of this kind of lighting in her neighborhood: