UPDATE: 12:21 P.M.
The Georgia Campaign Finance et.al has removed the ‘fines owed’ for Bruce Thompson and Matt Laughridge.
Cherokee sure does have a knack for lying candidates. Or those that leave out a large portion of the facts.
Matt Laughridge has put out a hit piece video of the sort of resembles something a democrat would do. Read below and you too will feel the irony.
Don’t try to fool us, Mr. Laughridge. ALL 5 (4 REPUBLICANS and 1 Democrat) CANDIDATES in the Senate 14 race outstanding fines.
If you’re asking if it upsets us, the answer is yes. We want all candidates to pay their fines and file their paperwork in a timely fashion but since you haven’t either, let’s call it a wash and move on. What is not included in that ‘wash’ is the sneakiness of trying to exclude himself from claims of ethics fines. So I present to The People, Exhibit A:
- Nicole Ebbeskotte has outstanding fines.
- Matt Laughridge has outstanding fines.
- Christopher Nesmith (a democrat) has outstanding fines.
- Dwight Pullen has outstanding fines.
- Bruce Thompson has outstanding fines.
Mr. Laughridge, in his video attacking Dwight Pullen and Bruce Thompson, also said “Both claimed to be Republicans but their voting records don’t support the claim.” I present The People Exhibit B which shows a few points:
- Bruce Thompson has NOT voted Democrat in any election dating back to 2004.
- Dwight Pullen did pull the lever on the Democrat side in the 2010 primary.
- Both Thompson and Pullen have voted MORE TIMES than Mr. Laughridge who seems to be new to this whole voting thing as a whole. He is young, so maybe he voted out-of-state at college or something (I would like to know where he was in 2008, but I digress), but his claims about his opponents are disturbingly inaccurate.
(h/t to Bartow Politics for the most excellent graphic from the Georgia voter database)
What this says to me is that Mr. Laughridge is grasping for straws…probably because of a last-minute poll showing him in 3rd place and not headed to a run-off. That’s just speculation but all the other candidates are out there working to meet voters and Mr. Laughridge is stomping his feet and pressing videos that evoke the same emotion of the anti-Big Bird videos from the Romney election. I have confidence that the voters in Senate District 14 have enough common sense to see past this ridiculous unsubstantiated video that was clearly produced out of desperation.
There’s a nice little voter guide from Bartow Politics here.
I’ll also note that this video was produced by that same ol’ company that was dissolved by the pesky Secretary of State.
You are incorrect on this one. The fines for campaign financial disclosures were removed from all candidates, but Mr. Thompson still has an outstanding fine for failing to file his PERSONAL financial disclosures.
It seems as though both Pullen and Laughridge turned theirs in on time.
Here is the link to the SOS website: http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Financial/Financial_Details.aspx?FilerID=F2013014437