From the Gwinnett GOP:
For Immediate Release
August 4, 2006
In response to published reports by the news media the Gwinnett Republican Party respectfully calls upon Jodie Rosser, her campaign staff, supporters, vendors and legal representatives to cooperate fully and in a timely manner with any and all investigations being conducted by the office of the Gwinnett County District Attorney. Perception of the Party, its members, candidates and office holders is affected by the actions and integrity of all that are Republican. Therefore, we ask that prior to Tuesday’s runoff election you make yourself available to the District Attorney’s office. This is only fair to the voters regarding the choice they will make in Tuesdays run-off elections.
J. Gregory Howard
The Gwinnett Republican Party
I’ve come to the conclusion that Gwinnett Commission Candidate Jodie Rosser must either meet with Gwinnett DA Danny Porter or withdraw from the race. We cannot go into Tuesday with this cloud hanging over the election. The voters of Commission District 4 need to know that Jodie Rosser stands against the type of political chicanery Bill McKinney and Nancy Walter were indicted for and that her campaign had nothing to do with it.
It’s not enough to send out a pretty mailer saying you’re for honest, ethical, government, you have to act on that statement by complying with requests for cooperation from the District Attorney. Rosser should comply immediately.
Not everyone agrees with me, most notably State Rep. John Heard, who has employed indicted political consultant Bill McKinney as a legislative aide and as a political consultant. Heard accused Porter and Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway of attempting to influence the outcome of the election:
With the information coming out less than a week before the Aug. 8 runoff, others are accusing Porter and Conway of making their own attempt to influence an election.
“That might be the pot calling the kettle black,” said John Heard, a state House member, who represents Lawrenceville.
Heard is a friend of McKinney’s, and the political operative has worked on Heard’s campaigns.
McKinney has also worked on the campaigns of Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister – who was a former business partner of McKinney’s – Lawrenceville City Councilman Bob Clarke, former commissioner John Dunn and failed House candidate Chip Randall.
Heard said the matter should have been handled by the State Ethics Commission, but Rick Thompson, the executive director of the commission, said he believed the district attorney’s office is the correct venue.
The commission, he explained, has some criminal jurisdiction but is obligated to refer criminal matters to a prosecutorial body.