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Friday, April 18, 2008

Express Your Opinion In Our Poll-Who Did It?

It's been a day of reading multiple stories on the internet regarding the untimely felony charges filed against 5th District Congressional Candidate Derek Walker for improprieties after he and his girlfriend of 7 years broke up. Derek is accused of going to her apartment and supposedly taking video of her and a younger man in an intimate position and threatening to use it to cause her to lose her job.

From what I can determine, Kathleen Ferry, Derek's ex-girlfriend and her intimate partner must have called police at that time, which was last August and made a complaint. After several months of investigation, which included supoenaing cell phone records for both Ferry and Walker, Clearfield Police finally filed charges in the incident. The Clearfield County District Attorney approved the filing and they were lodged with the District Judge yesterday.

The timing was questioned with Walker a frontrunner in the primary election next Tuesday.
The DA says the investigation was just completed and he didn't feel it made a difference that Walker was in the primary. He was just doing his job.

Walker and his ex-girlfriend both issued statements saying that it was all made up and that the authorities should apologize to both of them for filing the charges and spreading rumours about them.

Derek Walker says Matt Shaner is behind it and that it is politically motivated. He claimed Matt went to the DA and pressured him to file charges.

Eartlier this week, before charges were filed, Walker's campaign started a radio, TV and direct mail blitz attacking Matt Shaner for an old incident where Shaner was fined for leaving the scene of a minor accident involving property damage. Shaner reportedly told a reporter, just after he announced his candidacy in January, that he had been drinking, and did not handle the incident well. He admitted it was the biggest mistake of his life.

An article in this week's Potter Leader Enterprise suggested that US Congressman John Peterson had surveyed several candidates and indicated that he wanted the person he endorsed to be willing to wage a negative campaign. Peterson has emphatically denied that, suggesting that he meant a more agressive campaign.

Solomon's words has initiated an on line poll in the upper right margin asking who you think is responsible for the charges against Candidate Derek Walker?

Emails from two other candidates today advised Solomon's words that
John Stroup, and Jeff Stroehmann will continue their positive campaigns. Candidate Keith Richardson has indicated the same in his blog on his campaign website.

PS: Derek Walker and Kathleen Ferry just called and told me in a recorded message that Matt Shaner is trying to steal the election by having these charges filed, and that these charges are false.

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