TKC EXCLUSIVE: SMITH SUPPORTERS RESPOND TO CAMPAIGN LIT QUESTIONS!!!
It's the silly season in Jackson County and campaign time has politicos slugging it out.
Yesterday, we posted a note on controversy surrounding Sherwood Smith Campaign Lit . . .
RIGHT NOW . . . SHERWOOD SMITH SUPPORTERS FACT CHECK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR CAMPAIGN MATERIAL!!!
Background that isn't in this note . . . The photo was taken in 2009 when legislation that Sherwood Smith had written to benefit first responders was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon. Also, we're still trying to track down the blonde in the background . . .
Here's a bit more detail . . .
TKC: Whoever sent you the suggestion that those officers pictured in the mailer are even potentially at risk of being fired or otherwise penalized is grossly misrepresenting the law here.
Here is what the law says:
"No officer or employee of such department shall solicit any person to vote for or against any candidate for public office, or "poll precincts" or be connected with other political work of similar character on behalf of any political organization, party, or candidate while on duty or while wearing the official uniform of the department."
None of the uniformed personnel in that picture were soliciting any person to vote for Sherwood and none were connected with any politically related activity to elect Sherwood when this photo was taken. This is an old picture taken when Gov. Nixon announced the Line of Duty Death Bill, which was not a political activity of the type for which a uniformed First Responder can be penalized under this statute. This was taken long before Sherwood's campaign existed.
Are you or whoever sent you this gross misinterpretation of the law suggesting that these uniformed officers can be somehow penalized for having been photographed, long before anyone knew of the existence of Sherwood's campaign, for the announcement about a bill designed to help the families of first responders who died in the line of duty?
The type of solicitation this bill was designed to prevent is far from present in this picture or on this walk piece. This represents yet another example in a series of misrepresentations designed to deceive voters and malign First Responders.
This post and debate is now linked to the previous note on the topic. Developing . . .