Point of journalist’s privilege:
Pat Powers responds to Floridian political adventurist Peter Waldron’s formal request that Secretary of State Shantel Krebs investigate Rep. Steve Hickey’s alleged 2012 petition perjury by properly pointing out that Waldron is known for filing election complaints based on false information. But Powers goes on to say that any investigation of Hickey may have to wait for an investigation of convicted felon Annette Bosworth’s husband, Chad Haber:
But, Howie & Waldron might have to stand in line, because the Attorney General already has a pending petition matter on his plate. No, not Annette Bosworth. That one is almost done. I’m referring to her husband, Chad Haber.
If you recall what I wrote about it back in August of 2014— [Pat Powers, “Floridian Peter Waldron files complaint against State Rep. Steve Hickey. But shouldn’t the AG finish the petition investigation already on his plate first?” Dakota War College, 2015.06.04]
Stop right there. Powers portrays the Haber perjury as his discovery. But his headlines are much longer than his memory. Readers of this blog identified Haber’s perjury—signing the circulator’s oath on a petition sheet that he could not have witnessed—on sheet #44 of his wife’s petition packet during our petition review last year. I included the evidence of that perjury in my affidavit to Secretary of State Jason Gant on April 1, 2014. I laid out the concise case for perjury against Bosworth, which is equally applicable to Haber, on April 3, 2014. Powers, still in the throes of his utilitarian affection for Bosworth and Haber, didn’t just ignore that evidence and legal argument. He yawned at that evidence, focused on and made excuses for Bosworth’s false attacks on me in response to that challenge, and said my complaint was just a mean-spirited effort to “destroy the lives of the Bosworth family.”
Yet now Powers cites that same evidence as his own discovery and reason to poo-poo an electoral complaint filed by a Bosworth ally.
Journalistic integrity, thy name is not Pat.
p.s.: Mr. Waldron, I look forward to your filing a similar complaint against Chad Haber to support the complaint that I filed in April 2014. Welcome to the party.