The clown who's complaining about John Unger's campaigning "irregularities" in the State Senatorial race, the 16th District is the same Bozo who hasn't had the decency (or perhaps he doesn't know we exist over on the Mountain) to visit us as Senator Unger has on many occasions.
The latest idiotic complaint to which the article below refers concerns the WV Blue Book, a tome that is relegated to dark dusty corners of State offices or, if a citizen is "lucky' enough to obtain such a treasure, is used as a dandy door stop. read the article and see what caliber of candidate the challenger is.
Mays files third Unger complaint
By CARA SPAZIANI / Journal Staff Writer
MARTINSBURG ? Only three days after a West Virginia Senate hopeful filed complaints with the West Virginia Ethics Commission and the U.S. Postal Service, candidate Jerry Mays has made yet another move to challenge the mailings of West Virginia Blue Books that Sen. John Unger sent out in July.
Sixteenth Senatorial District Republican candidate Mays filed an election complaint with Secretary of State Betty Ireland to investigate whether or not Unger targeted poll workers when he mailed a number of West Virginia Blue Books along with a number of other items, including a state map, a photo of himself and copies of newspaper articles, from his office in the state capitol building in Charleston.
?I?m just concerned that there?s an attempt illegally to influence (them),? Mays said.
The Blue Book is a regularly published informational guide and reference book to state and federal government.
Mays also said the mailing of Blue Books to poll workers is a violation of an oath they must take not to receive ?any money, position or other benefit for service in the election apart from (their) official pay.?
In a press statement released Thursday, Mays said he was told that none of the poll workers requested the Blue Books from Unger and that he is concerned the mailings may have been ?an effort to gain favorable influence with them for election purposes.?
Unger said the allegation that he has influenced poll workers by mailing Blue Books is ?absurd.?
?The Blue Book is information,? said Unger, D-Berkeley. ?It?s not a gift to the Bahamas; it?s not cash being handed out; it?s not a fifth of whiskey; it?s not a gift certificate to McDonald?s. (Poll workers) have their own political persuasions and their opinions, but Blue Books are not going to change their opinions.?
Unger said he didn?t know if any of the Blue Books he mailed were sent to poll workers, even though Mays has said seven Berkeley County poll workers have approached him about receiving the materials.
Unger said the mailing of Blue Books to poll workers would not constitute as providing them with a benefit because the book serves as information on all government bodies and that the oath poll workers must take to not receive anything from an elected official only applies during an election.
?Just because poll workers serve in the past doesn?t mean they serve in the future,? Unger said Thursday.
Berkeley County Clerk John Small said poll workers have not yet been chosen for November?s general election.
Earlier this week, Mays filed a complaint with the post office alleging the printed material inserts placed in the Blue Books prior to mailing violated post office regulations. He said he filed a second complaint with the West Virginia Ethics Commission asking an investigation into whether Unger inappropriately mailed materials that promoted his re-election, but ethics commission Executive Director Lewis Brewer would not confirm whether a complaint had been received.
Secretary of State Chief of Staff Ben Beakes also would not disclose information regarding the latest complaint.
?The Secretary of State?s office can?t comment on any complaint that may be filed with this office or any investigation that may follow,? Beakes said.
Unger said he is hoping the situation between him and Mays can be resolved soon.
?I really would hope that we can move onto the issues,? Unger said. ?We have some major problems and challenges here in the Eastern Panhandle that we need to address.?
I'll change Ungers's quote just a tad:? Staff writer Cara Spaziani can be reached at 263-8931 ext. 138, or [email protected]quote:?I really would hope that we can move onto the issues,? Unger said. ?We have some major problems and challenges here in the Eastern Panhandle AND on the Blue Ridge Mountain that we need to address.?