Monday, August 3, 2015

Pantin responds to robocalls

Madison County Circuit Clerk candidate Michael Pantin issued the following statement:

 Statement by Michael Pantin about Madison County Circuit Clerk Robocall

Please beware of a robocall circulating, spreading inaccurate information about Lee Westbrook's endorsement of me for circuit clerk. T

he mailing referenced was not paid for by anyone's tax dollars, nor were any county resources used to produce it. It was designed by volunteer members of my campaign team and paid for by Friends of Michael Pantin, as noted at the bottom of the letter. The letter clearly states "No public funds were used in the production or mailing of this letter." Suggesting otherwise is blatantly dishonest character assassination of Lee Westbrook, who has served the citizens of Madison County honorably for over 20 years. This robocall is just a desperate and shameful attempt to tarnish the reputation of one of Madison County's most loved and dedicated public servants.

Lee Westbrook has endorsed me because she believes I have the ability to serve the citizens of
Madison County with the same integrity and character with which she has served. I am honored
to have her trust and her endorsement.


Anonymous said...

Greg Brand at work?

Anonymous said...

What annoyed me was the envelope, which looked like official business from the circuit clerk's office.

Anonymous said...

I got this call and it endorsed Julia Hodges. Has Julia hired Brand?

Anonymous said...

The envelope did look like the official letterhead from the Circuit Clerk's office. That's a crafty way to get people to open a letter. I was expecting a summons for jury duty.

Anonymous said...

Wray's people have been trying to get Hodges and Pantin to attack one another for months and they've both refused to run dirty campaigns. My guess is Brand just got impatient and decided to do this call (attacking, quite possibly, the only non-corrupt politician in Madison County).

Anonymous said...

Who paid for that awful call? Is the Secretary of State and AG investigating this one, too?

Anonymous said...

Pantin's mailer was a desperate and shameful attempt to make Madison County voters believe this came from the current circuit clerk. I'm also disgusted with Lee Westbrook, a career politician, trying to hand-pick her next successor. Makes me wonder why. I notice most of his support is from trial lawyers. Follow the money people.

Anonymous said...

Who is Greg Brand? And better yet, who is Michael Pantin? I live in Madison County and have not heard of either one.

Anonymous said...

My family of 6 is voting for Hodges because of this letter.

Anonymous said...

Rita Wray keeps promoting herself as a Republican even though she has been a democrat for a long time and is supported by a number of Hinds County democrats.

Anonymous said...

Rita Wray and her late husband are indeed Republicans. She is a past State President of the Republican Women and I have been at trainings and other functions with her. She served in an appointed position for Gov. Barber. I did not even realize that she is the Wray that is running because I thought she was still in Rankin County. Not going to say who is getting my vote, but I believe all three are qualified and efficient people. I just cannot abide subterfuge in any form and wish those who practice it would wise up.

Anonymous said...

2:17, you are obviously in the Wray camp, if you aren't Greg Brand himself. Michael Pantin has never had the support of trial lawyers. The Hinds County liberal trial lawyers are lined up behind Anita Wray, because they want to interfere with our juries in Madison County.
Don't fall for these dirty tricks.
I have known Lee Westbrook a long time. Are these people so desperate they are saying Lee Westbrook is a political mastermind, and she's also stealing taxpayer money? They are out of their minds.

VOTE FOR MICHAEL PANTIN, and vote for decent professional behavior.

Anonymous said...

@2:17 Please provide proof of all of the trial lawyers who have donated money to Michael Pantin's campaign. His finance reports are public record. List all these "trial lawyers." You can't because they absolutely don't exist.

Anonymous said...

They are doing the same in Hinds County with Z.W. They want to mess with your juries and judge selections/rotations. Fight it because its not right.

Anonymous said...

Figuring out who is supported by the trial lawyers, and who an actual Republican (as opposed to someone who joined the Madison Co. republican party when she decided to run) is not hard, and there is no reason to argue about it. Look at the fundraisers the candidates have had and who the sponsors were. Anita Wray's fundraiser was sponsored by Hinds County trial lawyers and Hinds County democrats. They are listed right on the invitation.

I don't know whether I'll vote for Pantin or Hodges, but Hinds County government can stay in Hinds County. The last thing we need for economic development in Madison is Wray and her handlers creating another "judicial Hellhole."

Anonymous said...

"Even kings are taught and coached
and drilled from their earliest boyhood to play their part. But the
man of family (I am convinced that Shakespear took that view of
himself) will plunge into society without a lesson in table manners,
into politics without a lesson in history, into the city without a
lesson in business, and into the army without a lesson in honor."

Shaw, "Dark Lady of the Sonnets"

Anonymous said...

Anita Wray and Rita Wray are two completely different people. They're not even the same color.

Anonymous said...

And Rita Wray is from Rankin County....

Kevlar For All Assistants said...

Why would an attorney of any stripe support a candidate for Circuit Clerk?

You goobs are pissing up a rope.

I've been hearing Rita Wray's commercials, as she struggles to pronounce words. What's up with that?

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't Julia Hodges filed her Statement of Economic Interest with the MS Ethics Commission? What is she hiding? A public records request produced this correspondence from the Mississippi Ethics Commission.

Ethics Commission Correspondence

Even after online filing procedures were sent to her in email, Hodges has not complied with the law. Ethics Commission Statement of Economic Interest Search Form

The duties of the circuit clerk include providing candidates who qualify for office with the necessary filing requirement instructions. How can Hodges be trusted to explain the rules as Circuit Clerk when she can't follow them?

Anonymous said...

Last Anita Wray is bad and almost the worst ad I have ever seen. Narrator assumes that you read on a 2nd grade level and slowly pronounces her name, etc. May be same voice of the person who did the robo call that just went out about Lee Westbrook letter.

Anonymous said...

It is inappropriate for the circuit clerk to say she is choosing her successor. I don't like it and want the voters to choose the next circuit clerk.

Anonymous said...

+1 on Pantin. Good guy. Will be an honest Circuit Clerk.

Anonymous said...

@12:02 Last I checked the polls are open today and voters are choosing their next circuit clerk. Lee Westbrook can only vote once no matter how many endorsements she gives or doesn't give.

The only people who are upset about an endorsement impacting the outcome of an election, are those whose candidates aren't getting any endorsements.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think it is weird for someone to spend $80,000 on a circuit clerk primary race in Madison? I heard Anita Wray even had TV spots. Throw in all of those (unreported) billboards, robo calls, signs, etc., and the Hinds County caliphate is going to be six figures deep into this thing if there's a runoff.

Anonymous said...

Lee Westbrook be ashamed that you sent the letter (looked like official business). I thought they were changing a voting place or something. To do this as you leave office tarnished your reputation. Still not as bad as the Andy Taggert last minute scam years ago.

Anonymous said...

4:16, You obviously have not ever met or talked to Zack Wallace. If you can find anybody who has anything bad to say about Zack, please post it. He's an intelligent, honorable, Christian young man who has never failed to help anyone who comes into the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's office. He's well-qualified and I'm glad he won. If you don't believe me, just ask anyone who has visited the Circuit Clerk's office about Zack's demeanor and reputation.

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