Timothy Wesco, the Republican candidate for State Representative in District 21, secured another powerful endorsement this week. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund endorsed Wesco because he is a “pro Second Amendment/pro-hunting candidate who supports gun owners and sportsmen,” according to Ashley Varner, the Indiana State Liaison for the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is the NRA's political action committee. The NRA-PVF ranks political candidates - irrespective of party affiliation - based on voting records, public statements and their responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire.
Wesco said that he’s “thrilled to receive the backing of the most powerful voice in support of the 2nd Amendment in the country. I’m grateful that the NRA stands strong in the support of our Constitution and the Founders’ vision of a free America. I look forward to working with them to advance the interests of Indiana’s law-abiding gun owners."
Friday, October 1, 2010
The South Bend Tribune, "Democrat says foe broke law on homestead exemption filing."
The Elkhart Truth, "District 21 candidate's residency challenged."
I find Mr. Fish’s attempt to impugn my character and integrity absolutely offensive. To bring up legitimate questions seeking explanation would have been acceptable. Calling me a criminal in public is not. He shamelessly claimed that I have “committed a crime” that I am illegally avoiding property taxes and that I have committed perjury. This public slander of my reputation in front of my house is completely unacceptable.
When I purchased the home earlier this year, it was not in a livable condition. Among other things, I found termite damage and other conditions that prevented the home from being occupied. As confirmed by the St. Joseph County Auditor's office, I have until December 31st to move into my home and still claim a homestead exemption for this year. By that time, I fully anticipate completing the necessary remodeling and making the home livable.
With a simple phone call to the Auditor's office or any competent attorney, Mr. Fish could have obtained this information. Rather, he hastily and recklessly scheduled a press conference and accused me of criminal activity. This is dirty and desperate politics.
I demand a public retraction of these false statements from the Fish Campaign and an apology by Mr. Fish.
Then, I hope Mr. Fish turns his attention to the real issues in this campaign, including his vision for jobs. Voters want answers, not false allegations.
Update 10/4/2010 - Prosecutor concluded that criminal charges are not appropriate in this matter. Read the prosecutor's entire statement (PDF).
Posted by Wesco at 7:06 AM