Only a few weeks remain until the election for Chemung County Executive and doesn’t a highly suspicious, very reckless and baseless legal action surface against me based on completely false allegations. The plaintiff Tom Freeman, the former owner of the Jackals, has been out of the First Arena business for years. So the question is: Why this? Why now?
The voting public will not be easily fooled or tricked into believing this malicious and politically coordinated attack on my integrity which I believe is being coordinated in the 11th hour by the Sheriff Moss campaign to score political points. What is factual and believable is that Sheriff Moss in a previous attempt did falsely accuse me of a gas card issue that proved baseless. What is also factual and believable is that Sheriff Moss’s deliberate and unauthorized interference into the Arena’s business practices based on a previous Freeman complaint caused a potential buyer to decide against ownership, a real blow to the community.
Evidently, the Moss campaign refusal to debate the real issues of importance, which is essential for voters to understand the candidates’ positions on issues, is being replaced by a divisive, acrimonious and a vicious attempt to discredit my record, which spans 30 years of public service with 17 years as Deputy County Executive managing a $240 million dollar county government.
It’s obvious to me that the political and vindictive attack by the Moss campaign is exactly the reason why I decided on an Independence, non-partisan campaign to find common ground to bring people together to take advantage of our opportunities and solve the pressing problems facing our community.
Filing frivolous legal actions only increases the acrimony and divides us: we can do much better by a positive and unifying approach to finding common sense solutions.
The voting public understands right from wrong and the Moss campaigns negative tactics will not persuade them.