“I want everyone to know that the allegations made against me are untrue,” she said. “I should not have to prove them as untrue, but I can ... How they can make allegations against me, in light of what is clearly set out in the documents I am providing, is a mystery to me.”
Clements also shows pity for county taxpayers who “are funding this meritless lawsuit. It is something they should bear in mind when they next go to the polls.”
“It is a shame that Clinton County politics has reached this new low,” Clements said. “...This really is a sad state of affairs. I have devoted much of my adult life to public service. I work hard to honestly and fairly represent those persons who have placed their trust in me. I have done nothing to betray that trust.”
At least one county councilman, Steve Frey, stepped forward to defend Clements. He described the litigation against her as "wasting taxpayers' money." “It’s unfortunate Clinton County is going to suffer in hiring an old tax system — with Manatron,” Frey said of the county decision to remove Nikish software. Clinton Co. officials could be liable to Clements for making defamatory statements about her, but she says she's only interested in getting reimbursed for the attorney's fees and costs she is incurring in defending herself against "false allegations."
Clements distributed a 76-page detailed document at her press conference, which was prepared by her attorney, refuting each of the allegations the county made against her in a civil lawsuit.