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Rich Family Strategy Meeting (ATTN: Bellosh & RainbowFoxxy)

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If there was any lesson that Spoiled Rich had obtained from her long acquaintance with the political process, it was that dedicated and cohesive minorities in the right place and time almost always triumphed over the largely apathetic and unengaged minority.  After all, most anypony could have acquired her influence over Ponyville policy if they had just sat on as many committees as she had, actually read the policy proposals from the Mayoral Office, and took the time to write in their opinions.

 

Elections, however, were the one thing she didn't know much about, but she was pretty certain she had a plan to win.  Not to mention, an ace up her sleeve.  After all, the only other contender in this race didn't have a family ready to rally their support and resources to them, and Spoiled Rich did!... Right?

 

That was what today would reveal, in any case.  Upon announcing her candidacy, she had retreated to Rich Manor, furiously writing up campaign platforms and announcements (or rather, dicating furiously to a long-suffering secretary), finally emerging for a bath, good meal, and an announcement that she wanted to see both her husband and daughter in the Parlor to discuss what the election would mean for them going forward, and what she expected of them.

 

And, of course, if they had any suggestions as well, she would give them all the consideration they deserved...

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Any time her parents had time for her was a wonderful event for DT! She had been practically giddy all morning when the house maid had told her of her mother's request. They would be meeting in the parlor, with daddy too! Diamond was under no disillusion that this would be about anything other than her mother's run at the soon coming mayoral election! It was so exciting! The Rich family was already popular and powerful and basically the best! And now add in Spoiled Rich being the mayor of Ponyville? It was just fantastic! 

 

DT had a plan. A plan to get to spend more time with her parents and to help them too. She'd be her mother's best campaign manager. She'd come up with the plan to make her mother more than popular, Spoiled would be Ponyville's star! Diamond had come to an understanding with her mother ever since she'd run for class president. Spoiled had treated her daughter with most respect since that day and DT had returned the favor by offered the same to her mom. 

 

Diamond rolled up a large parchment she had been working on all morning. Art was not something she'd made a big deal about but DT was very adept with quill and brush! Her mother would be so thrilled with her new design layout for campaign posters! She trotted down the spiral staircase and made her way inside the parlor. 

 

"Good afternoon mother!" 

 

She glanced about. "Will daddy be here soon?"

 

Diamond pranced in place, too excited to wait for her father to enter the room! "I made this for you! It's gonna make you a star!" Diamond unrolled the parchment and proudly held it up for Spoiled to inspect.

 

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It was extremely gratifying to see the enthusiasm which her daughter was showing towards her campaign.  Spoiled Rich had to admit, there was a period when she had almost despaired of making Diamond Tiara a proper dynast.  Her failure to win a school presidential election didn't bode well for her political skill, and her subsequent behavior towards here, well she never!

 

But, once the initial shock ha died down, a more thoughtful Spoiled Rich had to admit, that failure was only a part of life, one which a pony sometimes had to learn from in order to reach greater heights.  And while those (former) blank flanks showed little promise in terms of social advancement opportunities (proxy proximity to princesses notwithstanding), they had been the winning team behind the school election, and if one wanted to become a winner, hanging out with winners was usually a good step.

And, wouldn't you know it, but the time spent was actually bearing fruit!  "Oh my, that is an excellent likeness!  I do hope you have many copies ready to put up."  She gave her daughter a smile of maternal affection mixed with pride.  "Your father should be here any moment now; I believe you sent him on 'opposition research,' was it?  I have to say, you've taken things well in hoof."

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Speaking of the pony devil.....


“I’m back! Sorry to keep all you darlings waiting, but the town hall meeting ran a bit long...” Filthy Rich was back home at his family Manor, clutching a notebook and an opened letter marked with the eyeball logo of the Canterton Maneland Detective Agency. After giving Spoiled an affectionate smooch on the lips, Filthy gave lil’ Diamond Tiara a loving pucker to her forehead, and it was then that the stallion’s eye noticed his daughter holding what appeared to be a poster design.


“Hmmm, what’s that?” Setting his own stuff down on the closest table in leg’s reach, Filthy scooped up Diamond’s parchment. Almost immediately, the stallion grinned as he beheld Mrs. Rich’s alluring visage. “You made this just now, Diamond Tiara? My my, it certainly captures your mother quite well...” Filthy offered his wife a knowing glance.....

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DT was oh so glad she and her mother had been able to come to an understanding. Even though they didn't see eye to eye on everything, she had always respected her mother and always wanted to be like her. She had poise, grace, and knew what she wanted! These were all excellent qualities and Diamond only hoped to emulate these attributes in her own ways. She of course, differed on how other ponies should be viewed, but that was a conversation for another day. Right now she would focus on the wonderful things about her mother and use those to help Spoiled become the leader Diamond Tiara so much admired. 

 

"Daddy!" Diamond giggled as she got smooched on the forehead. She blushed as he complimented her work. "Yes I made it daddy! Oh and to answer your question mother," She turned to Spoiled. "I have the town press churning out some right now. I did want to make sure you approved before I ran off enough for the whole town."

 

She turned back to Filthy. "Now on to business daddy," She glanced at him as though she were in charge of the whole operation...which she had no inkling as to otherwise. "How did the research go? Were you able to dig up any dirt on our opposition?" 

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Ah, Filthy Rich, could Spoiled have asked for a better husband?  Well, theoretically, perhaps, but the real question was who else would have said 'yes'?  Nopony that could compare to the sharp and successful business stallion currently kissing her, that was for sure!  "Not a problem, dear, I of all ponies know that they never stick to their schedule.  That's the tradeoff one gets for focusing the council's culture on actually accomplishing tasks."  She smiled at him, eyes darting to the notebook.  Oh, he hadn't cheaped out on the private eyes!  Definitely something to give him sweet gratitude for later.

 

"Diamond has an eye for art, and fine hoof as well.  Remind me to see if there are formal lessons available; or better yet, bundling that into a larger cultural initiative.  As you demonstrate, there's a well of artistic talent in this town at severe risk of languishing."  She gave her daughter a decisive nod and another smile.  "I approve this poster; I want to see it all over town tomorrow."  Initial campaigning policy set, she turned her attention back to her husband.  Once she had the intel, she would set out the plan to take down their one and only rival to greatness!

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For a brief second, Filthy Rich looked almost taken aback by Diamond Tiara’s sudden assertiveness. Truth be told, the middle-aged stallion had serious misgivings back when all this election campaigning started when his still-young daughter volunteered to assume the role of campaign manager. Before then, Mr. Rich’s planned on hiring a professional with a proven track record out of Manehattan to do the job. As he saw it, giving that responsibility to a little filly was a huge gamble when her only prior political experience involved a school election.


Spoiled Rich however saw things in a different light. Yes, Diamond Tiara was not yet an adult, but she was bursting with potential. Mrs. Rich was quick to remind her husband about the stupendous sky-high success the Foal Free Press enjoyed under Diamond’s brief tenure as editor-in-chief, proving the child had a knack for understanding adult audiences. On that note, Diamond also possessed the vital attribute of being Ponyville-raised; something no outsider consultant could match when it came to a local election.


It was with that point that Filthy’s gaping flaw with his own plan became apparent. Spoiled had always been a headstrong mare, habitually prone to disagreeing with anypony with a contrary opinion to her. Although Mrs. Rich made a show of making nice every now and then, for the most part, the one pony she’d shown consistent respect for over the last couple years — even more so than Filthy himself — had been their precious daughter. It took a little time to do so, but Mr. Rich eventually conceded that nopony else could get through to Spoiled the way Diamond could, which would be important if his wife didn’t want to be done in on the campaign trail by her own prickly demeanor.


Getting his headspace back into the moment at hoof, Filthy Rich swiftly regained his composure and Diamond’s question. “Oh yes,” Filthy retrieved the opened envelope and placed its contents on the table for the others to read; “The private eyes I hired got back to me with the results of their background investigation. See here, this Strong Copper fellow has pretty much spent his adult life chasing off monsters. As far as they can tell, Mr. Copper is very competent at what he does... but he’s never stuck around any one place for long. He’s not a stud who plants roots, as you might say.”


Filthy Rich now laid his notebook on the table; “If his appearance at today’s Town Hall is any indication, Mr. Copper may be making an exception for Ponyville thanks to all the magical critters that live nearby. Humph, I guess our town’s a curiosity case to him, or something..." A rare hint of indignation from the business pony. “Anyway, Mr. Copper spent his time talking about what he did for a living, and how he’d improve monster control if he was elected mayor. He gave little indication otherwise on how exactly he’d run the town outside his area of expertise.....”

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