Credit where it's due . . .
The Golden Ghetto lawman was quite for a bit but today he turned the tables on one of his top critics.
He's part of his statement in this drama that's POLITICAL and (hopefully) might not impact the fate of Democracy in Johnson County after all . . .
“I whole-heartedly disagree with Ms. Trent’s recollection of events, as does every deputy who was present for that meeting," Hayden said in a statement. "Furthermore, Ms. Trent and her office are knowingly violating their own laws: K.S.A. 25-2437. We will continue to deal with Ms. Trent until we reach a successful conclusion and ensure all election laws are followed."
The statute focuses on the "transmission or delivery of advance voting ballots on behalf of another voter."
“We have no intention of asserting ourselves into any election. That is illegal," Hayden continued in the statement. "We have been requested by the Board of County Commissioners to provide security. We made suggestions to help with security. That’s as far as that has gone."
A spokeswoman for the county issued a statement on behalf of the chief counsel AND it seems to indicate that the Sheriff's response might have worked . . .
"The Sheriff’s Office indicates that the disclosure of communications between the Sheriff’s Office and the County Election Commissioner, Board of County Commissioners, or District Attorney’s Office would interfere with the investigation. As such, the county is unable to make additional comments.
"We conduct elections according to state law. We stand by the integrity of Johnson County elections."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Without providing specific details, Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden Tuesday accused the county's top attorney, Peg Trent, of breaking the law. It comes after the KSHB 41 I-Team obtained a memo Trent sent to Sheriff Hayden expressing concerns. They centered around the sheriff's requests related to election security in the county.
Updated link on the 20th . . .
A sheriff's investigation into Johnson County's election procedures was initiated because of more than 200 tips alleging fraud and was not an attempt to interfere with elections, Sheriff Calvin Hayden's office said Tuesday.
Even better, here's an IMPRESSIVE reaction from one of our favorite bloggers . . .
There have been many questions and false assumptions regarding an active fraud investigation by the Sheriff's Office. To address these concerns, please read this statement from the Office of the Sheriff: *** Since the fall of 2021, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office has received more than 200 tips alleging fraud in our local elections.
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