March 4, 2013
Pressure is increasing for Albemarle County supervisor Christopher Dumler to step down from his post, despite a media blitz last week where he freely spoke about the alleged incidents that got him in trouble.
Dumler quickly left a budget work session Monday morning without much to say to reporters.
"[I'm] looking forward to working on the budget process on behalf of the people of Scottsville," Dumler said as he walked out the door.
The embattled Albemarle County supervisor is facing more and more pressure to resign his seat following his guilty plea in January to a misdemeanor sexual battery charge.
"It just doesn't sit well with our values and who we are as Democrats," said Jim Nix, co-chair of the Charlottesville Democratic Party.
Even though Dumler has little involvement with city Democrats, the party released a statement Sunday night, reading in part, "We find it inappropriate for someone who has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual battery to hold the office of supervisor in our neighboring county."
"By remaining silent, we were in some way condoning what he pleaded guilty to doing," Nix said on Monday.
Albemarle County Democrats issued a similar statement, which also announced Dumler's removal from the county's Democratic Committee.
"[Public relations] is essentially not about recreating your story or glossing over your story. It's about having the opportunity to tell your story," said John Kelly, of John Kelly PR.
Kelly said Dumler's recent media blitz in an attempt to come clean may not have worked in his favor, as evidenced by the recent Democratic Party announcements.
"I think you have to assess the PR situation or the PR effort that you had and decide whether or not it worked," he said. "In this case, I would say it didn't."
Charlottesville Democrats say this shouldn't be political, as talk has already been underway for a potential Dumler replacement on the board.
"That's really secondary," Nix said. "It's just not tolerable for us to have somebody with that record continuing to serve as a Democrat."
If Dumler were to resign, the board would appoint a replacement to his seat until the public chooses in a special election, which would likely take place in November.
Still, Dumler maintains he has no intention of resigning.