Jodie Rosser should cooperate with the District Attorney

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
Chairman
The Gwinnett Republican Party

Both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Gwinnett Daily Post have reported that Rosser has not cooperated with the investigation.

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.

7 comments

  1. bowersville says:

    Buzz,
    By all appearances you are pressed for time. The D.A. has power of subpeona, but more than likely that can’t go out until Monday morning, unless the D.A. is persisitant and has a subpeona served Saturday or Sunday for a Grand Jury appearance on Monday am, provided the Grand Jury is still in session Then there is always the opportunity to plead the fifth which you will never know about even if there is/or isn’t an indictment (unless you have it from an unconfirmed source, which is illegal because all grand jury proceedings are confidential). Good luck, all corruption needs to be rooted out.

  2. bowersville says:

    Un-indicted co-conspirator is a good term for the D.A. to use, provided the D.A. has the evidence. Failing to co-operate may work in some circles, but not many.

  3. Harry says:

    Buzz, as a Gwinnett county Republican, I couldn’t agree more with you and Greg Howard in this. If she doesn’t immediately clear the air both privately and publicly, then Republicans need to shun her Tuesday.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    Oh, puh-freakin’-leeze!

    Where was Gregory Howard’s demand for Ralph Reed to come clean about all of his nefarious dealings with Jack Abramoff? Oh, that’s right…he and First Vice-Chair Kathryn Gartland was busy plastering Ralph Reed signs everywhere.

  5. debbie0040 says:

    Reed did come clean about his dealings. When are the indictments of Reed coming Bill? Did the Senate Report find Reed broke the law? Reed fully co-oprated with the Senate Committee investigating Abramoff. Rosser refuses to co-operate with the investigation. There is a huge difference! Give it a rest. Cagle supporters continuing to blast Reed do nothing but hurt the Cagle campaign.

    I think Greg and Katherine are doing a great job!!

  6. Bill Simon says:

    Debbie, my patience with your inaneness has been used-up. You are either too ignorant OR too stupid for me to interact with on ANY level.

    Just because we are on the same side for Secretary of State, that doesn’t mean we got there by reason of the same thought process. Lord only knows how your thought process actually works, but I’ve seen enough of your activities over the past 4 years (and who YOU think are good people to support, or align your allegiance to) to know that you are someone with whom I have very, very, very little in common.

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