That's Four Days In A Row In The DAR...Pray For My Family
Okay, first the second part of my headline: These past two years have taken a toll on my family and, yet, they are still standing firmly beside me in all of this. However, the past five days and the inflammatory storytelling in the DAR and the threat of being arrested on election day have taken a huge chunk out of all our courage. Don’t worry they are still standing strong with me, but please pray for us.
For those who haven’t read the SEMO Times, they released an online story last night which helps to balance the DARs pro-city reporting: This Is The Reason They Call Poplar Bluff Little Chicago.
Since Monday, I’ve been slammed pretty hard in the DAR. So let me see if I can address some of these things:
1) Campaign Hand Bills on Vehicle Windshields. I can specifically state that I did not order, design, print or coordinate the distribution of those flyers which were allegedly placed on vehicles’ windshields over the weekend.
If you read the city ordinance, campaign material is left out of list of things which are prohibited to be attached to windshields. If you are putting out campaign handbills AND not asking for donations then you are a “canvasser” and not doing any advertising, promoting or announcing.
Also, the ordinances allow canvassers to attach a handbill to personal property as long as they do not damage the personal property (a vehicle is clearly personal property).
As for Election Day, I never thought that I could be intimidated to this degree. But the Detective told me, as he was writing out the ticket he gave me, that he had ever right to arrest me, I really was concerned. I got in my truck and drove back to Ward 1 where I had started my day and yet after parking my truck I couldn’t convince myself to get out. I called a friend for some encouragement but all he kept saying is that they seem intent on arresting you so if you make one tiny misstep you are going to spend the night in jail. After what I had experienced, I felt he was right and drove away four hours before the polls closed.
I really can’t believe this happened. I read the SEMO TIMES story late last night and was perplexed to find out that our local police did not have the authority or the blessing of the Missouri Ethics Commission to be doing what they were doing. The officer told me that all of this was part of a Missouri Ethics investigation and the DAR certainly reported it that way.
It is difficult to have patience at this stage, but I am trying. I truly believe that as the dust settles we will find ourselves staring at three, four or even five high-level city officials with their hand in this cookie jar.