Phyllis Randall, the chairperson of Loudoun County, and Juli Briskman, the supervisor, are under criticism for taking a beach vacation in July using public funds.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, 7News has requested documentation of county officials’ “business” travel. It’s been reported they vacationed in their “sister city” in Uraguay.
Randall did meet companies and develop a sister city association during her $100,000 trip, but she spent her two days of free time relaxing in luxury hotels. She also went to a winery and a cannabis lab. In photos, Randall and Briskman are seen swimming at the beach, seeing an equestrian center, and enjoying a sunset cocktail. While on the taxpayer-funded excursion, Randall has categorically denied visiting the beach.
Briskman said she thinks that it is awful the way that this issue has been pushed by certain media outlets,” calling it a “bad” development, during a committee meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “It’s been pushed with the assistance of one of these board of supervisors members.”
The board of supervisors enacted a policy requiring unanimous approval from the whole board before any supervisor, other than chair Phyllis Randall, may take a taxpayer-funded vacation.
Juli Briskman was in the news in 2017 when it was discovered she was the cyclist who appeared in a viral photo “flipping the bird” at Donald Trump during a motorcade.
A few days after the photograph went viral online, Briskman admitted to her employer, the federal contracting business Akima, that she was the lady in the photo.
Briskman, who had been involved in politics in Loudoun County before that now-famous event, said that her action and what transpired after it prompted her to volunteer at the polls and then on Jennifer Wexton’s congressional campaign.
Briskman said that the publicity surrounding the event boosted her campaign’s fundraising efforts, but she insisted that she didn’t want the attention to be on her rather than on the issues she was running to address, such as education, the environment, and the status of women in society.