So yesterday afternoon a press release came out from State Attorney’s office that Chief Deputy Haines violating election laws.
The kicker of this is that they admit that this small infraction that it is worthy of the Elections Committee but does not rise to any criminal level. However, think back to Greg Fink last year.
This same infraction was pursued to its fullest–to a jury trial for a misdemeanor.
Thankfully a judge with common sense withheld adjudication in this matter after a jury found Fink guilty. Here is an article from PanhandlePolitico.com from June 22, 2016
Adjudication withheld for Panhandle Politico publisher on omitting political flyer disclaimer
The judge declined to convict Panhandle Politico publisher Greg Fink despite the six member jury’s guilty recommendation, at a June 17 trial, of failing to include an electioneering disclaimer on political material mailed during the 2014 primary election.
The disclaimer is required to detail who approved and paid for the message.
Electioneering communications are defined as material that may not necessarily directly ask voters to select a particular candidate, but have been mailed close to an election. In this case, the applicable timeframe was within 30 days of the primary election.
First Circuit Court Judge Joyce Williams sentenced Fink to $500, with adjudication withheld.
The double standard press release came on precipice of Rally 2016 on WSRE–the Sheriff’s closed debate. I have not seen the debate yet but I am told Morgan did not fare well. There were sources that claim after the debate ended Morgan took his microphone off abruptly, threw it down and left in haste.
To support this, just a few minutes ago, the last debate before the election scheduled for next week, was cancelled. The official reason was that there was not enough interest. However, the timing of the cancellation, the lack of coverage on Morgan’s Facebook and lack of coverage by any news outlet under Morgan’s “influence”, an educated person might speculate that Sir David put the kabbash on the last debate.
The multiple State Attorney investigations into wrong-doing on Sheriff Morgan’s behalf has been bad press–albeit not in the mainstream press. There is a great deal of chatter on social media that seems to indicate the Morgan re-election is not going well. This latest series of events appear to be pushing Sheriff Morgan over the edge. He has trouble with composure when he gets angry and of course, anything that threatens his public persona makes him angry. That seems to be a better explanation for the cancellation of this final debate.