This time, we’re looking at you Greg Hecht.
Greg Hecht circulated a press release claiming several notable (and many Republican) Sheriffs had switched their endorsements over to Hecht. Usually, these kinds of claims if effective are done the weekend before voting starts. You know, in the days before the internet could catch up and catch any fabrications. Well, we’re here on the internet, and the Olens’ campaign is claiming fabrication. Press release is as follows:
For Immediate Release/10.21.14
Hecht Fabricates Sheriff Endorsements
Late Friday, the campaign of Democrat Greg Hecht rolled out a false press release claiming 37 Georgia sheriffs had “switched” from backing Attorney General Sam Olens. After multiple news outlets ran the story, listed sheriffs began contacting both campaigns to complain. As the sheriffs have called the Hecht campaign to demand their name be taken off, the number he claims continues to change daily.
“I’m proud to support Sam Olens and I am shocked that his opponent claimed to have my endorsement,” said Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton. “Sam is a friend and has done a tremendous job as Attorney General helping my office of Sheriff here in South Georgia with many criminal cases. Sam has always had my full support and my endorsement.”
Mike Dewey, Sheriff, Brooks County, said “I don’t know why Attorney General Sam Olens’ opponent would falsely list my name as switching my endorsement. Sam Olens has proven himself as a friend and supporter of Georgia’s law enforcement efforts and has always had my full support.”
Sheriffs confirming to the Olens’ campaign that Hecht fabricated their endorsement to date, include: Sheriff Nick Norton, Lanier County; Sheriff Mike Dewey, Brooks County; Sheriff Josh Hilton, Calhoun County; Floyd County; Sheriff Neal Walden, White County; Sheriff Thomas, Pike County; Sheriff Young, Grady County; Sheriff Kight, Toombs County; Sheriff Peterson, Clinch County; Sheriff Thomas, Franklin County and Sheriff Nobles, Long County. One of the “switchers” listed was not on the Olens’ list to begin with.
Additional names listed on the original press release have also been redacted from the current list on the website.
“It is shameful that someone this fundamentally dishonest could run for the state’s top legal office. In his failed lieutenant governor’s campaign eight years ago, Hecht’s tactics were so deceptive; one Atlanta newspaper actually revoked its endorsement,” said campaign spokesperson Sheri Kell.