Thursday, April 29, 2010
Meet The McAtee Bunch
The Marion Co. Republican Central Committee has sent out a political flyer attacking the candidacy of Bart McAtee for sheriff, who is challenging the slated party candidate, Dennis Fishburn. The hard-hitting piece focuses on the number of McAtee family members on the sheriff's department payroll, $502,380.41 to be exact. That's still less than the more than $800,000 Dan Coats earned as a D.C. lobbyist last year.
UPDATE: I received a second hit piece in the mail today. This one reads, "Bart McAtee broke federal law 89 times. And now he wants to be our sheriff?" The little federal Hatch Act is the law McAtee has broken. The source cited for the violation is the Marion Co. Election Board, Findings of fact and conclusions of law, March 5, 2010. Despite that finding, the Democrats on the election board would not vote to disqualify McAtee. Gee, I wonder why? Assuming McAtee wins the Republican nomination and someone files a complaint with the federal office responsible for enforcing the Little Hatch Act, McAtee could be forced to give up his job or drop out of the election. I suppose that is a more attractive alternative for the Democrats. The problem of Little Hatch Act violations is rampant on our City-County Council. I've vowed to lodge complaints against persons who seek election in 2011 who violate the Act.