By Ron Gregory
Everybody in Logan County is about to be indicted.
I’m operating on the premise that nobody can make it through an entire day without somehow breaking a law or statute. Most will let their vehicle drift left of center. Others will jaywalk, tell a little white lie or worse. This indictment theory seems to be the logic used by those who despise some Logan County officials. Every day, these cynics expect a dozen indictments to be handed down.
Those who have been claiming for months that half the elected officials in Logan received “target” letters and that “two elected officials have to resign within 30 days as part of a plea deal with the feds” are simply candidates for a reality check.
One woman even explained to me that one of the elected officials had fled “to Florida to get away from the FBI.” So the FBI has no jurisdiction in Florida? Team Mingo may be pleased to hear that.
By the end of yet another month, nobody else has been indicted in Logan; and no public official has resigned. That is why The Logan Banner hasn’t reported it. It hasn’t happened.
How many weeks ago did WVOW-FM report the “target” letters? Have they ever said who got them?
This is a political column but fiction has no place here. At this point, there is no reason to believe one more Logan Countian will ever be indicted.
… In Mingo County, where following the letter of the law means as much as following the spirit, questions were raised last week about petitions gathered by county commission candidate Bill Duty’s supporters. The Team Mingo crowd took immediate steps to circle the wagons and inspire the Secretary of State’s office to declare the petitions secret. But some employees at the courthouse told me they signed the petitions on public time at the insistence of a public official.
Let’s see … I can go to the courthouse and see your voting record in previous elections but I cannot see petitions filed on behalf of a candidate? Such is the logic in Natalie Tennant’s office. They like nonpublic disclosure and appointments instead of trusting the people at an election.
Some are operating under the theory that Tennant’s election as U.S. senator would give us the option of appointing a competent secretary of state.
… Apologists for U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Evan Jenkins can’t figure out why I don’t give their candidates the attention I give to Tennant and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall.
As I pointed out to a Capito staffer, Tennant and Rahall, the Democrats, are willing to go to events and interact with ordinary people. As Wall Street Republicans, Capito and Jenkins prefer the private company of elitists. Jenkins is totally unfamiliar with the plight of the common man and woman. He intends to keep it that way.
While the GOP claims to have pro-coal officials running against anti-coal Democrats, the record will show Rahall and Tennant have supported coal miners far more often. Jenkins and Capito even generally oppose raising the minimum wage. How’s that for looking out for the little guy?
Jenkins has run a negative campaign but consistently accuses Rahall of doing so. I still have no idea what exactly Jenkins plans to do about anything. I just know he doesn’t agree with Rahall. A little positive campaigning wouldn’t hurt.
… If Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin insists upon appointing Mingo County’s family court judge, it is a clear statement he has no faith in the people of the county.
… A Boone County basketball camp was a success last week despite no support from elected officials. Apparently believing that children can’t vote, county commissioners have turned deaf ears to requests for help from the campers.
… With the loss of Suzette Raines of Kanawha County as a candidate for re-election, Republican chances of claiming the House of Delegates this fall remain at zero.
… I wonder what happened to the petitions demanding a special session of the legislature to deal with the protect-the-unborn-child bill? Remember, you read here that it would never happen.
… Your comments, story ideas, gossip and confessions of law-breaking are always welcome. I just hope prosecutors never figure out what I’ve done. Use my email or call my cell, 304-533-5185.