Carson disclosed the arrest during a meeting with the Indianapolis Star editorial board Monday, saying Dickerson has "been running as Mr. Righteous, Mr. Righteous, when in fact, he beat his wife up to a pulp."
"That's not true," said Dickerson, who went on local radio shows Tuesday to complain about Carson's tactics.
Dickerson maintains that the only thing that happened 15 years ago was a loud argument after his son crashed his Corvette. That shouting scared his then-teenage daughter into calling police, he said.
"No hitting ever took place," he said.
And that's the same account Dickerson's wife, Paula, provided in an exclusive interview with WXNT's Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, which we reported on earlier. Ms. Schneider apparently didn't listen to the interview aired on Abdul's radio talk show this morning because she makes no reference to it. Instead she writes:
But the case eventually was dismissed after the wife and daughter recanted and refused to testify, according to court documents found in storage Tuesday by the Marion County prosecutor's office.And just how did Schneider get the police report? "An Indianapolis Police Department arrest report -- which a Carson campaign volunteer obtained from IPD -- gives a different version of events," she writes. In other words, the Star didn't go searching for the record itself. Schneider reported in her earlier online report that all court records have since been purged; however, in this new report she says old files were recovered from storage in the Marion Co. Prosecutor's office. That's how she knew the case was dismissed because mother and daughter recanted statements included in the original police report. Schneider is also no longer talking about Carson's earlier claim, which she reported in her first online report, that Carson learned about the alleged domestic abuse from a neighbor of Dickerson's. And the Indiana Democratic Party, they declined to comment on the matter, although the state' party's communications director has had plenty to say about the matter at Taking Down Words. Doesn't Schneider read that site?
Attempts to reach Paula Dickerson -- from whom Dickerson said he has been amicably separated for several years -- or her daughter were unsuccessful.
As for the Republicans, Schneider quotes Robert Vane of the Indiana Republican Party as saying, "Eric Dickerson has expressed sincere regret about an event that happened 15 years ago. We take him at his word and look forward to his defeat of Julia Carson this November."
Who to believe? It just goes to show you how nasty politics can get. And they wonder why it's so difficult to find good people to run for public office. I just don't get Carson's claim that Dickerson was running around pretending to be Mr. Righteous. Unlike several Republicans we know, he has avoided the mixing of religion and politics, and he certainly doesn't wear his religion on his sleeves. Who's the candidate standing in front of church audiences talking partisan politics and bad-mouthing her opponent in the name of the Lord? It's not Mr. Dickerson.
UPDATE: Schneider caught on to the fact that Paula Dickerson is publicly defending her husband, which was first reported last night on WTHR-TV, and an exclusive interview with Abdul last night aired early this morning. But the Star blew their chance for an interview. Dickerson and his wife are through discussing the 15-year-old charge. Schneider's updated reports says:
Eric Dickerson, the Republican candidate for Congress, said he is through publicly discussing his 1991 arrest for allegedly beating his wife.
"I've said publicly everything I am going to about it," Dickerson said this morning as he canceled tentative plans for a news conference with his wife Paula.
The Dickersons have been separated for several years. She accompanied him to talk-radio interviews Tuesday and again this morning, but he declined an Indianapolis Star request for an interview."She's not doing any more," he said,
adding that: "I've decided not to have (a news conference). The reasons are pretty clear. Everywhere I go I've been ambushed by the media and so has my family."
Now, can the Star please turn its attention back to the illegal shenanigans going on in Center Township?