Del. Englin Submits Resignation

by Katie Pyzyk June 21, 2012 at 11:10 am 6,938 73 Comments

Del. David Englin, a Democrat who represents the part of southeast Arlington included in the 45th District, has submitted his resignation from the Virginia House of Delegates.

In April, Englin announced he would not seek reelection in 2013, after admitting to marital infidelity. At that time, he said he would take time off to work on rebuilding his marriage.

Englin’s resignation is effective as of August 31. Englin further explained his decision in a statement on his website. The following is an excerpt from that statement, including an endorsement for a successor:

In April, I announced that I would not seek another term in elected office in order to focus on rebuilding my marriage and my family. That remains my highest priority, and I have concluded that the time has come for my family and me to leave public life. Therefore, earlier today, I submitted to the House Clerk, the Speaker, and Governor McDonnell my resignation from the House of Delegates, effective August 31. To ensure the best possible stewardship of taxpayer resources, I also conveyed my hope that Governor McDonnell will schedule the special election to coincide with the general election on November 6.

Serving the people of the 45th District has been one of the great honors of my life. Shayna and I are so incredibly grateful to the many people who have supported and been a part of our political efforts over the years. We will never forget all of those Team Englin volunteers who knocked on doors or filled our home for hours on end, fighting to move Virginia forward, and we are proud of what so many of us working together were able to accomplish.

Because we have lived such a public life these past several years and invited people so freely into our home and our family, a great many people have been curious for details about our relationship, our family, and our future. While we understand the interest, we hope others understand and respect that leaving public life means living life more privately. We do appreciate the kindness and support of so many well wishers, and we want people to know that this is a glad occasion for our family, as we look forward to a happy life as private citizens.

With today’s announcement, Democrats in the 45th District will have just a few weeks to nominate my successor. As one of the most progressive communities in the Commonwealth, the 45th District should be represented by somebody who is willing to stand up without fear to the anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-immigrant extremist social agenda being foisted by House Republicans. That representative must not hesitate to voice the progressive ideals of the district in all matters before the House. Any candidate who enters this race as a stepping stone to statewide office will be too concerned with how his votes, positions, and agenda will play with future voters elsewhere who don’t share our community’s progressive values. The people of the 45th District deserve a Delegate who is totally devoted to fighting for what’s right and not distracted by future political ambitions. Karen Gautney will be that Delegate, and she has my endorsement and my unqualified support.

Gautney is expected to face Alexandria Councilman Rob Krupicka and Arlington School Board member James Lander in a special election at some point between now and Nov. 6.

  • Buckwheat

    “…without fear to the anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-immigrant extremist social agenda being foisted by House Republicans.”

    FOISTED – and you wonder why we cannot all get along?

    What happened to the political middle where most Americans are?

    • Josh S

      It’s unclear what you are trying to say here.

      Is it a semantic issue? You don’t like the word “foisted?”

      Or are you alleging that “most Americans” agree with the House Republican social agenda?

      Or both?

      Or something else?

      • Buckwheat

        My point

        How do our government representative wacko’s from the extreme left and extreme right get elected?

        Statements like that a’hole’s do not help.

        Most of America is in the middle!

        • MB

          Maybe it is, but Virginia’s House of Delegates is way out there in right-wing, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti . . . wait, that’s exactly what Del. Englin said!

          • Westover

            There are a few, but over all they are not.

        • Josh S

          I think you’d have a hard time making a case for Del (ex-Del) Englin being a “wacko” from the “extreme left” (or “extreme right” for that matter).

          His choice of language in this case may be unfortunate, but it’s not really that inflammatory.

  • Ballston Resident

    Good bye philanderer.

  • KalashniKEV

    LOL… “anti-woman?” Seriously???

    Should they elect someone as “pro-woman” as you?

    • drax

      Englin’s behavior may have also been anti-woman, but it doesn’t change the nature of the General Assembly’s anti-woman-ness.

    • dk

      ??? How is having an affair “anti-woman?” Is the woman he had an affair with somehow “anti-man?” Or is she anti-woman, too?

      Being a feminist or a traditionalist regarding the roles of women has nothing to do with fidelity in one’s marriage. You are talking about chalk and cheese.

      • Josh S


      • KalashniKEV

        The whole notion of “Pro” and “Anti” woman is absurd… I wasn’t being sarcastic though- I’m sure he is very, very, Pro-woman!

        He’s got one at home, one on the lunch break, one for cocktails…

        • drax

          It’s not absurd.

          • KalashniKEV

            Yes… it is. In fact, it’s straight up PLAYGROUND.

            “Oh, I’m not anti this, I’m PRO the opposite… ”
            “Oh, you think you’re pro-Z? Why don’t you just admit to being anti-anti-Y.”

          • drax

            Like calling someone anti-gun? Or anti-Second Amendment?

          • KalashniKEV


      • Agree

  • Jason B

    We had this conversation at the office, and concluded, if you cheat on your wife, it better be worth it. Steve Philips, formally of ESPN, was fired for having an affair with a PA, and she was in no way “worth it.” What were you thinking? Joe Piscapo cheated on his wife with a 18 year old babysitter. Worth it? Some would argue yes. Cheating with a playboy model? Now there’s a discussion.

    • Guillermo Joel

      I’d rather laugh with the sinners than die with the saints.

      • cliche-stro

        You can’t soar with the eagles if you stay out hooting with the owls.

    • drax

      You had a conversation with the guys at the office, you mean.

      • Westover

        The girls in my office join in these types of conversations, they usually start them in fact. If you are going to cheat, and risk your marrage, make sure that it is a move up the ladder.

        • drax

          Mine too – I just sense it didn’t happen that way in his.

    • SomeGuy

      Was the Playboy intern the mistress?

    • dk

      Never cheat with someone who has less to lose than you do.

      • SomeGuy

        Great advice. Following the part before the “with” is typically your best bet. But that’s good advice taken as a whole too.

        • Arlington Cat

          To have or not have an affair with a Playboy model, if the opportunity arises, would be a real dilemma for most happily married men. Throw in the fact that she is a redhead chucks any remaining logic out the window.

          • drax

            A redhead should just be an automatic freebie.

          • SomeGuy

            So it was, in fact, the Playboy model that he had the affair with?

      • drax

        Never cheat.

    • must we put a ‘worth’ or monetary figure on everything?

      Divorce ain’t cheap these days…

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    Was any of this caught on video?

  • James Moron

    Any cheese ball that combines his last name (English) with her maiden name (Wolin) to invent a new last name (Englin) is obviously going to cheat on her and is unworthy of holding office.

    • John Fontain

      At first I thought you were joking, but holy crap, you are serious. I’ve never heard of anyone doing that before. As nutty as that is, I might just be better than all the hyphenated stuff we’re seeing these days. Half of the families I know in Arlington are causing their kids lots of unnecessary stress and problems with the hyphenated last name nonsense.

      • John Fontain

        s/b “it might just be better”

        • Westover

          Hyphenated names vs. distroying the history of your family’s name… both seem pretty darn self-serving.

          • KalashniKEV

            At least he only disgraced his new Englin line!

          • lee

            It seems to me that hyphenated names serve to preserve the history of both family names. Many, many cultures do this — it’s not really that unusual.

      • confused

        yeah, look what it did to the House of Bourbon-Parma

      • dk

        hmmm. I just came from Swanson Middle School’s 8th grade promotion assembly, where a large portion of the kids with names of hispanic origin had hyphenated last names, as is traditional in many cultures. They seem to have thrived in spite of this “hardship.”

        When I opted to keep my name upon marriage, I too was told of the terrible stress and problems that would ensure. Think of the children! In fact, in 22 years it has never been a problem at all. No one has ever blinked over the fact that my children and I have different last names. And as far as I can tell, no one thinks twice about hyphens either.

        Step on into the 21st century, John. The weather is fine (albeit hot as hell).

        • Josh S

          Some people think twice about hyphenated last names.

          • drax

            I get it.

        • John Fontain

          dk, I’m not familiar with the hispanic naming convention to which you refer. most hispanics I know have one last name. maybe I don’t get out much?

          and i’m glad that none of your friends have expressed the aggrevation or confusion i’m sure they’ve had at any point in the last 22 years. they do a good job of keeping it bottled up i guess, which is a testament to how much they care for you.

          however, i can’t tell you what a pain in the butt it is to try to properly address holiday cards to families with three different last names (Mr. Smith, Ms. Jones, and the Smith-Jones kids). and I’m sure that teachers love the extra work of trying to remember that little Tommy Smith’s mom is Sarah Jones on parent-teacher conference day. and no offense, but you are fooling yourself if you don’t think the children in these situations wonder why they don’t have the same last name as their family.

          and since you brought up the 21st century and the notion of forward thinking, have you really thought this whole naming convention thing through? I know you take pride in keeping your last name, but what happens when your kids want to do the same and Tommy Smith-Jones grows up and marries Julie Johnson-Williams? Do they give their kids the last name Smith-Jones-Johnson-Williams? And what about the next generation after that?

          Look, I know it’s a free country and you can do whatever you want, but some of this surnaming stuff is complete nonsense. And I’m not saying that women should take the man’s name. In fact, I don’t care which last name the couple takes – his or hers. But I do think it makes sense for everyone involved to pick a name and run with it*. To me, not picking one name is like not combining bank accounts upon marriage; it’s a way of not jumping all the way in the water.

          *The one exception is for celebrities whose names (real or fact) have value.

          • drax

            “I know you take pride in keeping your last name, but what happens when your kids want to do the same and Tommy Smith-Jones grows up and marries Julie Johnson-Williams? Do they give their kids the last name Smith-Jones-Johnson-Williams? And what about the next generation after that?”

            By the way, this is handled pretty well by the Hispanic naming convention with which you are not familiar.

          • dk

            Naming convention in many Spanish-speaking countries:


            Note that in these countries, women often do not change their name upon marriage. Taking your husband’s last name (or not) is a cultural norm, not an indication of one’s commitment to the relationship. (I’ll just note again my 22 years of marriage AND our combined checking accounts.)

            I personally don’t care how anyone addresses holiday cards to me and mine (although I will say that I find the traditional “Mr. and Mrs. John Fontain” to be ridiculously outmoded). (For the sake of the rest of this paragraph, I’ll pretend you and I are married, John. Smooch!) We get cards addressed to “The Fontain Family” or “John and DK Fontain.” I don’t know whether people do that to make A Point, lol, or because they aren’t aware that I kept my name, or because they have no idea what to write and just revert to default mode. Probably all of these. ~shrug~ I But I will say that it puzzles me that people puzzle over this issue. To me the obvious answer is to address cards to “John Fontain and DK” or “Mr. John Fontain and Ms. DK” or The Fontain-DK Family.”

            I know my own children don’t question my having a different last name, because they have sometimes commented on how weird it is that a woman would just change her name. To them, it makes perfect sense that I have a name, my husband has a name, and they have our combined names. (They both have my surname as a middle name and their father’s surname as their last name.) My older son in particular seems to like his name and frequently signs the entire thing. But I will be honest and say that when we chose to name them this way, it was with the sense that in our culture many people find hyphens unwieldy, and with the knowledge that often in the end the mother’s surname gets dropped.

            I honestly could not care less what they name my grandchildren. Of course, it would be nice if they named one of them D___. 🙂

          • dk

            Also wanted to correct something I said in my original post above. Of course many people have blinked over the fact that my children and I have different last names, especially my rather provincial extended family members. What I meant is that I’ve never had any problem with paperwork or insurance coverage or anything like that. And also: when it has occurred, the blinking has had no impact on me whatsoever. I just don’t care.

            And this: One of my cousins got married about the same time I did. My mother asked her sister-in-law if my cousin was changing her name. My aunt replied, “Of course, she’s not one of THOSE.” (Which offended my mother but made me LOL.) Guess which one of us is still married, and guess which one divorced and changed her name back to her given name? 😀

          • John Fontain

            “Of course, she’s not one of THOSE.”

            That’s a great story.

          • John Fontain

            “I will say that I find the traditional “Mr. and Mrs. John Fontain” to be ridiculously outmoded”

            Same here!!!

            “They both have my surname as a middle name and their father’s surname as their last name.”

            Well then, it doesn’t sound like your family is one of the hyphenators to which I referred. Using one name as the middle name is a nice, simple alternative when parents have differing last names.

            “For the sake of the rest of this paragraph, I’ll pretend you and I are married, John. Smooch!) ”

            Ok, now I’m blushing.

        • Westover

          They just don’t tell you of their disgust to your face. We are a polite society like that.

          • dk

            Yes, especially here at ArlNow.

    • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

      Wow, this could open up a whole new string of comments. We could imagine an entire series of proposed marriages and their resulting names. Christopher Zimmerhynes for example.

  • Oface

    Is that the same smile he used to get while thinking about bonking his mistress?

    • Piface

      ask your mother

      • Oface

        I don’t have to – who do you think was holding the camera while he screwed your sister?

        • Raj


  • bigdaddyva

    What is the Englins’ preoccupation with gay people? I swear they emphasize gay rights over everything else. This is a gay-supportive community, and I would think any Democrat running for this seat, including Rob Krupicka, has a solid record on gay rights. But I find the Englin focus on it to be strange — there are so many other more urgent and tangible issues before the state legislature.

    I feel sorry for Kate Gautney, though. Shayna Englin has been on quite the losing streak lately. She doesn’t have a prayer of beating Krupicka.

    • Westover

      Agree, it is not like there is a rash of gay bashing going on in the Commonwealth. How about ensuring the northern half of the commonwealth get a decent return on the fact we fill 3/4s of the treasuries coffers. How about getting our clogged roads freed up. We have banned smoking in resturants, we have a drinking age of 21, the only social issue on want them dealing with from the right or left is a graduated driver education program.

    • KalashniKEV

      I don’t- he picked his protected class and their set of pet issues and he’s running with it.

      It’s not uncommon. I can think of a few others…

      • drax


        • KalashniKEV

          haha… that’s what I would do. I gotta take care of mi gente!

          • drax


    • bigdaddyva

      Woops. Meant Karen Gautney, obviously.

      Still, I find the whole thing very odd. Why do the Englins feel the need to play king maker if they’re getting out of politics?

  • LGRooney

    Too bad for him he’s not a GOP-er and wasn’t caught in the act with underage boys. He could then get on the right-wing welfare circuit and be sure of a big paycheck. Alas, he has a D after his name and he simply fell for the oldest temptation known to man or woman.

    • KalashniKEV

      That’s a clown comment, brah.

    • Ashton Heights

      Yes, he will never get a show on TV like Eliot Spitzer.

    • Elmer

      Like John Edwards? He was sufficently scumbag to produce a love child and then deny its existence.
      What a guy.

      • drax

        What’s that kid’s last name anyway?

        • Elmer

          Child’s surname on the birth certificate is Hunter.

      • Tabs

        And tell people that RH is a crazy slut, while telling her she’s the love of his life etc.

    • LGRooney
    • Donaldson Run Resident

      He should’ve said he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

  • Walter Zimmy-T

    Street cars would have prevented this problem.

  • Sparky

    It’s bad form for a disgraced politician of either party to issue a resignation statement bashing the other party, preaching to his own party, recommending how/when a special election to replace him should be held, and endorsing a successor.

    Advice for disgraced resigning pols: Say you are deeply sorry for betraying your family and failing your supporters and constituents. OK to say you will try to atone (although no one believes it.) Shut the f*ck up, and be gone.


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