10/21: Huntsville Times Correction Watch -Day 9, more Bama embarrassment and Sen. Butler must be worried…

Guest today:

  • 7:00 AM – Democratic Candidate for Madison County Sheriff Tim Clardy
  • 7:45 AM – Operation Christmas Child with Robin Gerrish (e-mail here @ robin.gerrish@charter.net)
  • 8:00 AM – Political Guru and Doctor of Political Science at Athens State university Dr.  Jess Brown

Bless their hearts, just bless their stupid, lazy and incompetent hearts…

 

The Editor of the Huntsville Times wanted a correction, it took me 1 day to admit my mistake. I then laid out 7 mistakes they have made this election cycle and asked for corrections. They haven’t. Will they ever get the stories right?

They try. The Huntsville Times really tries, half-assed but they try.

The Huntsville Times finally responds to our Huntsville Times Correction Watch on day 9…

Piece by piece:

2. Surprise! Jeff Enfinger ran a PAC called 2006 that he never disbanded and never filed reports for, but this doesn’t warrant a mention in any of the Huntsville Times coverage of PAC problems.

Finally covered in today’s paper under the headline “Enfinger dissolves 2006 PAC”

3. Jeff Enfinger has claimed in a Huntsville Times story that he disbanded the 2006 PAC, he has not. He claimed he would file reports for that PAC, he has not.

Let me make this clear, Enfinger straight up lied to The Huntsville Times and only after WHNT blew that lie to hell, did The Times begrudgingly correct the record. Pathetic.

Enfinger said he would have submitted the termination report for 2006 PAC sooner but just got the necessary bank records Tuesday. He created the PAC with several like-minded Democratic state senators in early 2005 and served as its chairman

They fail to mention the report was only filed after a TV station was going to run a story on the matter. The Enfinger campaign had 17 days to file the report and was never going to do it. Pathetic.

Who beat the Huntsville Times to the story?

4. Jeff Enfinger never filed his last campaign disclosure form when he decided not to run for office in ’06 even though he was the head of the campaign finance committee that makes the rules over such things. He claimed he gave his money to State Senator Gerald Dial, yet Dial shows no receipt of those funds…

The Times actually mentions that Enfinger’s finance forms and forms of the people he allegedly gave money to do not match.

The Times checked the transactions against campaign finance records of the listed recipients. The $13,000 to Means was not reflected on Means’ disclosure forms.

Means said he does not recall receiv ing any money from Enfinger or 2006 PAC.

‘They may have given me money,’ he said Wednesday, ‘but I just don’t remember getting it.’ Enfinger said he has a copy of the canceled check to Means.

‘We reported it accurately,’ he said. ‘There’s no question that’s where the money went.’ Enfinger’s critics say there are also unanswered campaign finance questions involving his 2006 re-election bid.

Enfinger reported that his election committee gave $20,000 to then-state Sen. Gerald Dial on June 1, 2006. He has provided a photocopy of a canceled check made out to First Commercial Bank, with a note in the memo field directing the money to be sent to Dial’s campaign by certified check.

Dial’s campaign finance reports on the secretary of state’s website do not reflect any contributions from Enfinger in 2006.

Enfinger needs to release those bank records and clear the air. The Huntsville Times needs to join the fight in calling for those records because of the questions this has cause.

Way to go guys at The Huntsville Times, you are gonna make it after all slugger. Now get on the rest of this…

On Jeff Enfinger:

1. Jeff Enfinger decided not to run for office in ’06 because of a sex scandal involving his fiance’, co-worker and her husband. Drugs were involved as well. This for some reason does not warrant a mention in The Huntsville Times “coverage” of the race.

On Steve Raby:

1. Trumpeting of the Steve Raby lie that he has nothing to do with his own PACs. Headline: Raby washes his hands of gambling. Odd, did he sell them? No. Did he disband them? No. Did he install his nephew to control them? Yes. Are we to believe that they don’t talk about Steve Raby’s business? I guess you could believe that, if you are mentally ill or work at The Huntsville Times.

2. Failing to mention the guy running for Congress had lied about not representing gambling interests after The Decatur Daily ate their lunch I believe they finally did this…

3. Refusing to reference Steve Raby’s PACs, which were used in illegal bribes, in an editorial about the evilness of PACs and the illegal bribes.


A little depressing to see Sen. Tom Butler go negative.

 

The race between he and Bill Holtzclaw has been very clean and that seems to be over.

Butler has robocalls claiming something that is blatantly untrue.

Hi – Bill Holtzclaw says he is a republican even though he indicated on a voter survey that he would support the bill being proposed by gamblers that resulted in 4 state senators being indicted.  On his survey Holtzclaw even wrote out the exact same language being done (…garbled…..)  the gambling lobbyist were using to promote their bill. Don’t gamble with Bill Holtzclaw – Tom Butler was one of only two democrats to stand up to the gamblers and vote against their bill as he continues to be the leading conservative in the Alabama state senate. Vote Tom Butler for Senate.  This message was paid and authorized by Election Research – goodbye.

Here is the reality

In response to false robo-calls being conducted by Election Research, a pseudo name used by the Alabama Farmer’s Federation on behalf of incumbent Democrat Senator Tom Butler, Bill Holtzclaw released the following statement:

“I was beginning to believe that Senator Butler and I were going to have the only negative-free campaign in all of Alabama, but he turned the tide today by sending out false, misleading robo-calls about me to the citizens of District 2.

“In the calls, he insinuates that I supported the corrupt bingo bill (SB380) passed by the state senate earlier this year.  That can’t be farther from the truth.  I do support a vote of the people on the issue because the Alabama State Senate has proved it is too corrupt and inept to solve the matter on its own.  However, I would only support clean legislation that provides a straight up-or-down vote – a far cry from the language in SB380 which was written by gambling bosses.

“The people of this district will see through the desperation of my opponent to protect his 28-year incumbency. I intend to take the high road and run on my message of new leadership for the state senate.”

See Bill’s stance on gambling/gaming in Alabama, read his response to the Alabama Eagle Forum.

Huntsville Times story regarding Bill’s stance on gambling.


We shared this video with you yesterday, but it warrants another mention…

 

District 71 State Representative Artis McCampbell (D) threatens a journalist with a golf club… http://bit.ly/90RyBb #alpolitics

Rep. A.J. McCampbell responds

McCampbell, D-Linden, first waved off the reporter, Dan Lieberman of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Lieberman, working on a project for ABC News, then asked whether McCampbell was out golfing instead of attending the conference.

“I have nothing to say,” McCampbell replied.

When Lieberman, who had followed McCampbell a few feet to his car, tried to ask the question again, the Alabama lawmaker pulled out a club from his golf bag.

“Look,” he said, “if you don’t want me to take this to you, leave,” McCampbell said.

McCampbell, a former police officer who now sells insurance, said Wednesday in a telephone interview that he’s not sure whether he overreacted.

“Overreacted? I don’t know,” McCampbell said. “When someone puts a camera and sticks a microphone in my face and they keep doing it — I’m one of those people I don’t appreciate that. You respect my space.”

McCampbell said he told the reporter more than twice he didn’t want to talk.

“They came around and stuck it in my face again,” McCampbell said. “That’s when I told them, if you keep doing this we’re going to have problems.”

“I don’t bother anybody. But you just aren’t going to do that to me,” McCampbell said.

McCampbell said he was golfing with a U.S. Steel official. He was unsure who paid for the outing.

“I don’t know who sponsored it or anything of that nature,” McCampbell said.

Most embarrassing part?

McCampbell said he’s been getting mixed reaction about the footage being on the national news.

He is probably right.

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23 Responses

  1. “McCampbell said he’s been getting mixed reaction about the footage being on the national news.”

    Dale, when people in the “news” business abandon all rules of manners and good taste I can understand the gentleman’s wish to punch them out. Do you give up the right to say “I don’t wish to comment at this time” when elected to office even when you repeat it? I know you are probably one of those people that think that he was just doing “hard nosed journalism” while I am one of those people that think he crossed the line after McCampbell told him he did not wish to talk. I guess since this comes down to being rude and deciding that the gentleman had NO RIGHTS if you wish to take the “reporters” side of this, personally I would have applauded him if he had cold cocked him right on the golf course after the third time of being asked to leave him alone. Maybe I am just a violent person :) I have said before that the most unethical and slimy professions are lawyers, newsmen/women (this would include TV/radio/newspaper types and talk show hosts that consider themselves “journalists” instead of entertainment) and politicians in no order. They share a common thread in that they show no respect for the rights of anyone else. There is a line that has to be drawn between my desire to know the news and the news media’s right to trample over the rights of others.

    • Yes, when you get elected you can’t not comment on stuff and expect people not to push. McCampbell was embarrassed because he knew he was wrong and he just doubled down on stupid.

      • “because he knew he was wrong”

        He was wrong because of WHO he was playing golf with, NOT because he told a reporter to leave him the hell alone. Even corrupt officials still have rights last time I looked. I guess being raised with some manners is a disability in the news business.

        • Yes and he got mad because he was busted. Threatening a reporter/anybody is generally a bad idea. Doing it on film, while you are an elected official is insane.

  2. “respect my space”? when you ask people to vote for you, to elect you, and you’re at a conference on the taxpayer’s dime(s), you don’t have space — you have obligation. and your obligation is to respond to a legitimate news questioner. but if you choose not to, then you just shut up. you don’t threaten. you smile, pack your golf bag, get in the lobbyist’s car, and go away. you don’t threaten to physically hurt the questioner. this guy deserves condemnation from fellow democrats, like i am.

    • “you smile, pack your golf bag, get in the lobbyist’s car, and go away. you don’t threaten to physically hurt the questioner”

      Ok, first WTF is going on that I am the one defending personal rights, I think I am in a alternate universe this morning.

      The guy is human, the fact that he probably is caught with somebody he did NOT wish to be caught with adds to it but he still just exhibits a human reaction to someone who has invaded his “space” and YES he does still have that right to tell people to leave him alone. The threat might have been over the top but still within the normal human reaction.

      I think maybe I just hate pushy news twerps, because I doubt they care about the truth and are more interested in a big headline (truth be damned).

    • ivan,

      No thoughts on Enfinger?

  3. “working on a project for ABC News,”

    Yes this bit of hard hitting journalism got us the head line that State legislatures are corrupt. WOW, I would NEVER have guessed that one. Yep, hard hitting news for those who have been asleep. Anyone with a brain should have known that, maybe they should have just followed the money. Publish an article saying McCampbell was playing golf with a gambling lobbyist and THEN see if he wants to talk (bet he will) but this deal of keep shoving a microphone in your face to show you what a “tough” reporter I am is just more garbage. We will get sensationalism and not news, we will be lucky to get the truth at all if it cannot be sensationalized.. Brian seems to have done a fair job following the money (and I don’t believe he lives in his Mom’s basement):)

  4. “7:00 AM – Democratic Candidate for Madison County Sheriff Tim Clardy”

    WTH are sheriffs elections partisan? I thought maybe years ago they were non-partisan and it would seem to me that making it partisan adds to the possibility of corruption. You know they have to owe their party something that could cloud their judgement in certain cases.

    • I should mention that I have many friends in this county and others who plan to vote a straight Republican ticket EXCEPT for their Democratic sheriff because they are pleased with him and I wonder how many votes a good sheriff might lose because of party affiliation.

  5. i was a political reporter a lot of years ago here in alabama on the old Post-Herald and the Bham News, and, subsequently for the Louisville, ky papers in kentucky and then in its washington bureau. i went to work every day hoping i could find something to write about that would leave a politician who deserved it feeling like his cojones had been kicked by a mule. In kentucky, i succeeded a fellow who later became a washpost editor, named dick harwood. in kentucky politics nick names were then prevalent and a kentucky governor named bert combs nick named harwood “black death” for his tough reporting. after a legislative session of my reporting bert nick named me “red plague.” i had flaming red hair back then and was known as “red” swift. (combs and i became good friends when i became a political campaign staffer). that;s where i come from when it comes to reporters interviewing politicians.

    regarding dale’s question on jeff enfinger, i think jeff was sloppy with his campaign paperwork. jeff’s not a 9-5 type employee — he heads a large, multi-faceted business, and business apparently took priority over campaign paperwork. if we want brainpower and political heft in montgomery we elect jeff. I heard a couple of good things about sanford being independent of the state republican machine bosses, but objectively, regardless of party, you have to say jeff’s ability and experience puts him head and shoulders above sanford. also, when it comes to the people grubbing it out, trying to make a living, jeff’s heart would be in the right place, not sanford’s. regarding the office party dale refers to, big mistake, but that episode is over, some years have passed, jeff is now remarried and has a little son, and nothing like it is likely to happen again.

    • “that episode is over, some years have passed, jeff is now remarried and has a little son, and nothing like it is likely to happen again.”

      One of the worst things about politics is that NOTHING you EVER did is EVER forgotten or forgiven. We have a lot of good men who will never run for office because they don’t want some episode from 20+ years in their past published on the front page of the local news. Things people do at 20 have little effect on who they are at 50 but in politics it is always subject to be portrayed in the worst possible light by your opponent. I am voting got Sanford mainly because we have to change the horribly corrupt leadership in Montgomery and that requires a Republican majority, Mr Enfinger’s past indiscretions have little or nothing to do with it but everyone is not that forgiving :)

      To be in politics you have to be able to live with anything you ever did being subject to scathing review by your worst enemies. Not many people are willing to subject themselves to that kind of self imposed torture. Many current politicians figure they covered any past embarrassments well enough and IMHO a basically good man has little experience and will do a poor job of covering things up, corrupt men always knew how to do it and tend to do it well :)

    • So ivan, he is too successful to make sure he follows the law? Maybe he shouldn’t be elected so he can focus on his business…

    • If Enfinger can’t run a business and a campaign correctly there’s no way he should add senator to his plate. How long would he keep his job or be rehired in the private sector if he’d botched something to this degree? Not long and never!

      • “If Enfinger can’t run a business and a campaign correctly there’s no way he should add senator to his plate. How long would he keep his job or be rehired in the private sector if he’d botched something to this degree?”

        Rachel, sometimes the most obvious comment says it best :) Thank you …

  6. “botched” things in the private sector and not keep a job? people in the private sector — every segment of it — botch things every day and they’re there the next day. every aspect of the private sector. hospital care. banking. auto repair. made me wonder — did the guy who violated rules and used a lighted candle or some type of flame during an inspection at brown’s ferry nuclear plant and set the place on fire years ago now get fired? all it cost TVA and us ratepayers was a few billion bucks. just wondering.

    • Let me ask you ivan, should the guy have been fired?

    • Good job getting off subject! It doesn’t matter who else did or didn’t get fired for whatever other jobs are out there. If Enfinger can’t follow finance laws that he helped create, he hasn’t proven himself to be either competent or ethical. Take your pic as to which, or choose both. On the other had, Paul Sanford has shown himself to be both competent and very ethical.

  7. sure should have been fired, and whoever told him it was ok to use a flame should have been fired and whoever supervised him should have had a reprimand and demotion or fired if he had approved using a flame. asses should have hurt all the way up to and including plant management. maybe some were. i read that TVA has to pay its execs hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to compete with private power companies. BS. i know that there has to be people working at lower levels who are more competent than the bosses, that would love to have top management positions, and would do well at them for a fraction of what TVA is paying. same for school superintendents. same for a lot of other jobs. saban is a great coach-administrator. but, all through college and pro (and maybe HS) coaching, there are people who can do his job just as well or better for a fraction of what he gets. wasn;t auburn;s coach ridiculed when he was hired as coming from a losing program in iowa? undefeated so far this season and with a QB for the history books. (I’m a bama grad).

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