Thursday, May 11, 2006

Letter of the law

The attorney general's office will decide if Secretary of State Nancy Worley solicited campaign donations from her employees, which would violate Alabama election law. The complaint came from her Democratic primary opponent, Ed Packard, a veteran election administrator who says Worley's letter to several staffers included a bumper sticker and asked for donations ranging from $25 to $1,000. It also stated that recipients would not face negative repercussions if they backed Packard.

Worley denies that she ever sought donations from her employees and pegged the blame for the complaint on "partisan politics and free media attention." (Tangentially, is it still partisan politics when your opponent is a member of the same party?) Packard's response: "I take [election law] seriously, and this is not something I raise just to create a controversy."

Yes, I know the post title is corny, but I just can't help it. Sorry.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Worley denies that she ever sought donations from her employees..."

So did she send the letter or not? It seems like it would be an easy question to answer. My experience with both Packard and Worley leads me to believe that Worley is lying. I'm a Republican, so I don't have a dog in the fight. But I suspect that Ed is telling the truth.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also familiar with the antics of worley and the professionalism of Packard, which leaves but one doubt in my mind and that is,
I kind of doubt that worley was sincere when she said no repercussions would be forthcoming if her employees chose not to support her campaign.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can see a copy of the letter at Packard's site:

As they said on "For the Record" on APT, how can Worley state that there will be no repercussions? In the three years she has been in office, only 1 of 14 original employees have either been fired by Worley, quit, or resigned. The "1" original employee remaining is Ed Packard.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is meant to say "13 of the original 14 have been fired by Worley, quit, or resigned." With Packard being the only original remaining.


10:52 PM  

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