Commissioner Hearn’s vote for relative draws criticism

Put on the hot seat by fellow Commissioner Steve Brown at the April 6 commission meeting, Fayette County Commissioner Lee Hearn acknowledged that a recent appointee to the county’s elections board is “a distant cousin” of his.

After the meeting, Hearn told The Citizen that Addison Lester III is his mother’s first cousin, but he recommended Lester’s appointment because

Lester had lived in the county for years, and also because he is retired and has the time to devote to the position.

Brown said Monday that the revelation about Lester’s familial relationship to Hearn calls into question whether Lester should be supervising the election next year because Hearn will be eligible to seek re-election.

At the April 6 commission meeting, Brown said he thought that Hearn’s relationship to Lester should have been disclosed when the commission voted 3-2 to appoint Lester at the Feb. 24 meeting.

“I think that would have been proper, to disclose the relationship,” Brown said.

Hearn said in hindsight he regrets not explaining his familial relationship with Lester prior to the Feb. 24 vote to appoint Lester to the elections board.

“The point is we need to have fair and just elections in the county and our cities,” Hearn said, noting that Lester is one of three members of the elections board.

Hearn said he feels comfortable with Lester remaining on the elections board “because of his background, expertise and willingness to serve.” Lester, Hearn noted, is the son of former Fayetteville City Manager Doc Lester.

“I believe he will do a great job for us,” Hearn said.

Brown, however, wants to revisit the appointment at a future commission meeting.

“I just don’t think you can have somebody who is a blood relative, even if it’s a second cousin, managing your re-election results,” Brown said. “I just don’t think it’s ethical and I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”

Brown at the Feb. 24 meeting opposed Lester’s appointment since Lester would be replacing long-time elections board member Marilyn Watts, who had asked to be re-appointed to the position.

Brown contended that Watts should stay on the board given her vast experience with election laws, particularly since the other two appointees on the board were going to be elections board rookies.

The county commission directly appoints one of the three board of elections members. The other positions are filled by one appointment each from the local Republican party and the local Democratic party.

Hearn said he feels Brown would have opposed any person whom he sought to put on the board.

Brown said the county needs to revamp how it handles the process of appointing volunteers to the county’s various boards and commissions. He suggests that applicants should fill out an application which contains their name, address, length of time living in Fayette County and perhaps why they would like to be on the Board of Elections, for example, along with what things they would like to see remain in place and other changes they’d like to explore.

“We’ve got to take this extremely seriously and have a little bit of process in place for selecting these folks,” Brown said.

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Horgan and Hearn: our ruling class of idiots

Herb Frady is mean, old and forgetful. The list for Robert Hogan and Lee Hearn includes law breaking and stupidity.

Getting high on illegal drugs is not what we need in our county commissioners. Having Sheriff's Deputies visiting the house on domestic disputes is not what we need in our county commissioners. Appointing relatives to the Board of Elections to supervise their reelections is not what we need in our county commissioners. Thumbing their noses at the citizens is not what we need in our county commissioners.

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Doggone powerful, these commissioners

OK. It's established that you can smoke pot, abuse county charge accounts, not respond to public comments, appoint relatives to election jobs, change county priorities, campaign for commissioner before registering as a candidate, let your dogs run loose where there's a leash law with no fines, claim you are representing the majority of voters on county projects nobody wants, run as a Republican when you are a Democrat, fire those who discover what you've done wrong, and still be a commissioner.

The worst thing about all this is that your buddies will allow you to get away with all that. Looks like there's much more digging to do.

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let your dogs run loose ...AND PAY NO FINES?

Are you sure about that? Tell me you are joking! If not...I'm gonna march back up there and tell them I want my money back!

I had to go to doggie court last week, and as usual I filled the coffers of Fayette county. Unlike your car citations, Horgan's pot citations, etc., dog citations don't wear off. They count from the womb to the tomb in Fayette county dog court!

They brought up charges from 2006. That is 5 years ago! AND...an overzealous policeman at the BP station hit me with a ticket for each dog instead of one ticket on that date. (Oh the joys of Tyrone livin!)

This time, a tree fell on my fence during the night and I didn't know it. I let the dogs out and never knew anything was wrong till that night when I went to feed them.

A tree falling, knocking down my fense didn't make the slightest difference...

I call that an act of God. Fayette county does too, a merciful one, that keeps money in it's coffers! Sympathy or understanding are not on the agenda there for the regular taxpayer. Only wallet cleaning!

If Horgan or Hearn didn't pay their tickets I will have a fit! I want a refund!!!!!

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Bingo!

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Horgan's ethics

Peter, don't forget that Horgan had an ethics violation when he first ran. He started spending money on newspaper ads before he filed his declaration of candidacy which is against the law. He announced that he was running before VanLandingham was even buried. The local Board of Elections had to have a hearing about his violation. At that time Horgan and Sam Chapman threatened Ms. Watts that they would have her removed. That is exactly why the BOE is created separately from any political body. These kinds of threats have been used all over and it takes a strong person to stand up to little bullies. Little pot headed bullies that let their dogs run all over the neighborhood and think they are above the law. So now we know for sure that Horgan and Hearn both have no ethics.

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RWM & Georgia Peach, Yes

Peach, you are right. I had forgotten that episode and that’s one he puts directly on Marilyn. She was on the Elections Board and she brought the issue. It was her JOB. You know, supervising elections, becomes aware of a violation and follows through. I guess that not everyone does that though and the opposition is disturbed when someone does.

And yes, RMW, Sam was Horgan’s Campaign Chairman. He, Sam, was also upset when the same thing was brought up about him, his voting record, when he ran against me.

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Speaking of Robert Horgan

came across this on the Fayette County State Court Calendar for Judge McMillian dated 3-10-11

case #'s 2011SN-0023-0026 & 0027 Dog Running At Large- 2nd 3rd and 4th Offenses/Must Appear State of Ga. vs. Robert Horgan

I wonder how many Robert Horgans are there in Fayette County?

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Robert Horgan FOURTH OFFENSE-Dog Running At Large
moelarrycurly wrote:

came across this on the Fayette County State Court Calendar for Judge McMillian dated 3-10-11

case #'s 2011SN-0023-0026 & 0027 Dog Running At Large- 2nd 3rd and 4th Offenses/Must Appear State of Ga. vs. Robert Horgan

I wonder how many Robert Horgans are there in Fayette County?

Not sure how many Robert Horgans there are in Fayette County, but THIS Robert Horgan OBVIOUSLY did not get the memo the first three times about having to restrain his dog and not let it run "at large". I only found ONE Robert Horgan in the phone directory.

2011SN-0027 STATE OF GEORGIA v. ROBERT HORGAN
Count 1.) DOG RUNNING AT LARGE / FOURTH OFFENSE / MUST APPEAR Offense Date: 02/05/2011
NOTES: ARRAIGNMENT NOTICE AND CALENDAR SCHEDULED

2011SN-0026 STATE OF GEORGIA v. ROBERT HORGAN
Count 1.) DOG RUNNING AT LARGE / THIRD OFFENSE / MUST APPEAR Offense Date: 02/04/2011
NOTES: ARRAIGNMENT

2011SN-0023 STATE OF GEORGIA v. ROBERT HORGAN
Count 1.) DOG RUNNING AT LARGE / SECOND OFFENSE / MUST APPEAR Offense Date: 02/03/2011
NOTES: ARRAIGNMENT

Just Google "2011SN-0023-0026"

http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/animal_control/animal_control_laws.htm#430

Fines for Violations
A judge can fine any amount up to $1,000.00 and/or jail time. The first offense is at the discretion of the Judge, second and third offenses are mandatory set fines. You may be fined more but not less. Four or more offenses are at the discretion of the Judge.

Typical Fines

•First Offense: At Judge's discretion
•Second Offense: $250.00 plus court costs and the animal must be spayed or neutered if it has not already been altered, including purebred animals
•Third Offense: $500.00 plus court cost

Any guesses how much THIS Robert Horgan will be fined?

I'm checking now to see if I can find when his case is actually scheduled to go to trial.

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Horgan=Careless&Lazy

How careless do you have to be to let this happen 4 times? The judge needs to take it to the max this time. Would it be too much to hope for Judge Sams on this case?

Accidents can happen where a dog could get out of the fence once or twice, but 4 times?

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Skyspy & Espresso Beans

Never had those before but told Frau Gym about our exchange and she picked some up today at The Fresh Market. Hey, I like those, even if my "Mid" shifts are finished! Maybe oughta rename them "TRACON Tablets"!

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AHG &Espresso Beans

They are good. Don't OD on them, they work very well. Have a good weekend.

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Horgan's dog

Now you know where he got his stash from.....the dog goes out and retrieves it :) Either that or the dog was "exposed" to some second-hand smoke and got a major case of the munchies and needed to go get some snacks right away.

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I Feel Sorry For Horgan's Pooch

Thanks, moe, for this information. I truly believe that one can tell a lot about another person by the way they care for their dog. Any dog left to run in the streets is destined for a great deal of pain and probably the loss of life. In the end, the ones who suffer are the dog and the unfortunate person who might not be able to avoid hitting the dog.

I can't get started on the treatment of dogs because I'll be here preaching until the end of time.

Poor Horgan dog!!

Horgan just can't get it right!!

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I Agree With Ninja Guy

This appointment stinks on several levels. It seems Hearn will only appoint someone who's southern baptist.

The guy is Hearn's mother's cousin, lives nearby and they go to the same church so I ain't buying the "distant cousin" theory. And by the way, how come Hearn kept all this a secret from the public?

With a population of over 100,000 surely there's got to be some who can be appointed who's not related to a commissioner running for office next year!!!

Well it looks like we're going to need a landslide in the 2012 election or Hearn's people are going to fix the race results.

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Mr. Hearn Must Repent

Woe to the backslider! Only a backslider would be involved in such shenanigans and bring disrepute on the house of the lord! He must be brought before the council of deacons and put on a program of healing and redemption! Mr. Hearn, put priority on saving your soul, not doing favors for your cousins at the expense of the citizens! A man cannot serve two masters! A house divided cannot stand!

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint (Proverbs 25.19)

Go Somebody!

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Bacon - Qualifications?

"The Board of Elections and Voter Registration is responsible for administering honest, fair, and impartial federal, state, and local elections and maintaining accurate voter registration records. All work is carried out under the guidelines of federal and state laws"

That's it I can't find any other reference to what the Board does or qualifications on the FC website. Perhaps it's there but I can't find it. It most certainly is there someplace.

Just for a refresh of this story read:

http://www.thecitizennews.com/articles/02-23-2011/fayette-county-pushes-...

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Beezlebub, Beezlebub, Beezlebub

If I recall correctly, Git Real has the inside scoop on the inner workings of the Board of Elections. Maybe he can help lessen our ignorance.

(Thread title is standard method of invoking Git Real...or is it "provoking Git Real"?)

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Board of Election "qualifications"

I'm not a fan of Lee Hearn (ever since he got fired for abusing govt. credit cards) but I'm hoping someone could shed some light on the "qualifications" one needs to successfully run/oversee a board of elections.

How much training do you need? I'm not trying to be flip here (okay, I'm lying, but just a little flip), but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of intellectual firepower required to run this department, as evidenced by Marilyn Watts long tenure.

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Board of Election "qualifications"

Lee Hearn actually got fired? This is big news. The way I heard it, he almost got fired. If he had actually been fired, how could he have gotten his current job as head of Public Works in Henry County? Could you provide some clarification here?

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pips & Hearn

Blv he was Chief of the Henry Co. Transportation Dept and now works for the City of McDonough.

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Pips1414, I think you're right

You're right, Hearn quit after his questionable $38K in govt. credit card charges were exposed, he slunk over to Henry county, then returned triumphantly to do Herb Frady's bidding as a commissioner.

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I'm kinda with Brown on this one

What is the logic here for dumping Marilyn Watts who always did a good job and wanted to continue? You have to look at the 3-2 vote and assume the vacancy was created by Frady, Horgan or Hearn for some reason. I can't see Horgan being vindictive or part of a conspiracy, so that leaves Frady and Hearn. Does this have something to do with Smith and Maxwell being defeated? Can't see that either. Then we see Hearn's inexperienced cousin appointed? Huh?

Yes Mr. Brown, do indeed revisit this at the next meeting and try to get those 3 talking about both parts of this issue - why Watts had to go and why Lester is the most qualified. Should be interesting.

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To RWM re Horgan & Watts

Horgan has a "bone to pick" with Marilyn. Here's why. When Horgan was first running for Commission, his Voting Record was looked up by the Republican Party. This is standard procedure to see if a candidate is registered, votes and for which Party (see if they are a Republican, if they claim to be). Horgan was/is? a Democrat voter, when he voted. The Republican Party said so. Horgan and Sam Chapman were VERY unhappy and claimed it was "unfair" to reveal the truth. Ever since, Horgan has been hostile to the Fayette County Republican Party and identifes Marilyn with it. Explains?

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Ok Peter thanks, that is the first real reason I have heard

So it really is more about getting rid of Watts than pushing Hearn's cousin. Thought so, but didn't know why. Horgan a closet Democrat, huh. Figures. Real Republicans don't smoke pot and they know how to take care of their dogs. Oh well, he's on his way out without doing too much damage.

Silly little games immature people play when they get a little power. No surprise there.
BTW, what does Sam Chapman have to do with any of this? Surely you arn't suggesting he's a dopey Dem as well.

Edited Sat PM. So now I have been told that Sam Chapman was Horgan's campaign manager. I guess that makes some sense.

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Morgan

Chapman's whole family is democratic!

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Fayette County Ethics Ordinance

as detailed on the county website.

Sec. 2-209 STANDARDS

(L) Witholding of Information

No county official shall knowingly withold any information which would impair the proper decision making of any of the county board, authorities, agency or commisssions.

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Well that seems to cover it, stooges

Now we need someone to come forward and charge Hearn with an ethics violation at the next meeting. Lets see, who can we get to do that? Frady? No, he's the chairman. Horgan? No, that would look funny. McCarty? No, he doesn't actually do anything. Who else? Who else?

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RWM-carry this forward

a few steps. Ethics comm. members are appointed by the County Commissioners. Hmmmm...

The penalties can be (if ethics board finds a violation)
1) do nothing
2)a public reprimand
3)a formal reprimand
4)public censure
5)recommend termination, resignation, or recall
6)recommend prosecution in State Court in Fayette County
hhmmmm....

numbers 1 thru 4 are public humiliation only

numbers 5 & 6 are recommendations- to who?

If 5 or 6 are the pentalty, how much is the cost to the county taxpayer?
special election? court case?
This ethics policy was updated Dec. of 2010, signed by Jack Smith

Think this through. And hope that all taxpayers understand that the value of honesty and proper disclosure is worth the potential loss of tax dollars that could have gone to avoiding a tax increase, or a road improvement or a salaried employee that could be cut back, etc.

This is what any complaint could create, regardless of whether Steve Brown or you or I initiate it.

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Well when you put it that way, doing nothing seems obvious

Yea I can see nothing being done since Hearn is an insider of sorts and whoever is on the county ethics commission is probably a political toadie.

Still, little stevie brown should get out there and push his position, doncha ya think?

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Yup, wouldn't hurt, I guess

someone needs to keep this issue front and center so that elected people with short memories won't think this will go away unnoticed.

I, for one, will never accept having to concern myself with the possibility that my vote is not counted or is manipulated. So, count me in with the ones who would do whatever it takes with the legal system to nail any weasel or family of a weasel who would attempt such a disgusting act.

And for all his faults and mistakes in the past, Brown has exposed an intentional cover up.

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this is obviously it ...they can legaly get away with murder

and they KNOW it...

the penalty is really nothing...

We have obviously elected trash...

now that they are in there...they are going to do what they intended in the 1st place!

With very little that can, or will be done.. to them if caught red handed!

as in... (Oh...I never knew he was my 2nd cousin...I know we lived in the same county for 50 years...but.. I never bumped into him before..I mean I never met him before and only saw him in church!)

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suggar-how about this

for a scenario? The relative, not having a clue how to run an election, and knowing that every move they make going forward will be scrutinized, possibly by the Feds, offers to step down.

The fully trained and professional woman is then voted back in, at the same time as Comm. Hearn publicly and on the record admit and apologize to the other BOC and voters and the fully trained professional that he screwed up and was wrong.

Don't anyone underestimate that this move was not a monetary sympathy move. $250. a month is peanuts to many, but for some it could be medication bills for the month, or utility bills or some other expense that they are unable to afford in this economy, especially retirees. How many have wanted to help a relative financially but they are too proud to accept charity, so a workaround is done to make it apear to be less obvious.

As for the commissioner, the voters are now on to him. His future is in his hands. Any other lie or omission or act that violates our ethical standards, throw the book at him.

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I do not think it was to help a relative with money

Hearn keeps saying..."I go to church!" as if putting a cross in front of a weir wolf..

Going to Church does not make everyone a good person, nor does it absolve their bad decisions.

If by some strange reason, he wandered around all these years and didn't know his own 2nd cousin, when he did find out, the proper thing to do is to contact his cousin and say, "you know, I made a mistake, this looks bad for both of us. We don't want there to be any misgivings about the elections."

He doesn't do that, he expects the voters to suck up his mistake in judgement and shut up.

Now it appears he was helping Horgan settle a score. What is so Christian about that?

The whole thing reeks of stupidity and underhanded dealings. Hardly anything they teach you in Sunday school.

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I might also add

Has he ever given a thought to ...what if whoever ran against him next time might be Black?

And if he, being Hearn, won, that the NAACP wouldn't tear this county limb from limb when they found out his own cousin counted the votes?

This at best, is very bad judgement.

This should be put ..BACK..ON THE AGENDA AND RE VOTED ON...

Not only was his judgement flawed, so was Horgan's and Mr Frady's.

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Peter Pfeifer

As always, I respect you. So Hearn doing Horgan's dirty work?

These are such Picayuneish people!

This is going to the State Board of Ethics.

Let them pass judgment on this foolishness!

If they don't apply enough tar and feather to Horan and

Hearn, then the voters will do it in the next election.

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Let Lester Do the Job

So what if he's Hearn's distant cousin. Nobody has questioned Mr Lester's ethical or moral character. All you're worried about is a relationship - they're distant cousins. Mr Lester will be one of three people serving on the Elections Board. Do you really think he can steal the election in that capacity? Move on and address some real issues in this County.

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I Have To Set The Record Straight

When I said, "Why do you suppose the previous Commissioners (Smith, Maxwell, Frady, Horgan, and Hearn) would devise a plan whereby they appointed themselves as judge and jury over who would represent both the Republican and Democrat parties on the Elections Board," I wrongly lumped Mr. Maxwell in with the other Commissioners.

To Mr. Maxwell's credit, he was the only Commissioner who would not go along with Smith, Frady, Horgan and Hearn in their bid to control the Elections Board and thereby the election process in Fayette County.

There, I feel better now.

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BBQ, Lester's Qualifications vs. Ms. Watts' Qualifications

BBQ, I just came from our Commission Meeting. Number one, from all of the Public Comments tonight, Mr. Lester has not been present for any of the Board of Elections meetings since he was placed on the Board by three Commissioners.

Ms. Watts has a list of qualifications longer than my arm. She has taken every course and class available to someone who has been on the Board of Elections for many years.

Why, in the world, would the Commissioners not reinstate an expired term when that person had taken the time and trouble to avail themselves of all the training provided?

Why would the Commissioners prefer a novice

to manage our County Elections over a very well trained and experienced person?

This makes no sense!

Why do you suppose the previous Commissioners (Smith, Maxwell, Frady, Horgan, and Hearn) would devise a plan whereby they appointed themselves as judge and jury over who would represent both the Republican and Democrat parties on the Elections Board?

For some reason, they were trying to CONTROL who managed the election process in Fayette County!

In other words, BBQ, all of our Commissioners were/are Republicans. The previous and three of the current Commissioners wanted to decide if someone from the Democrat side would be able to serve on the Board of Elections in Fayette County.

The Commissioners were told by the Head of the Republican Party in Fayette County that if they continued along that path the Department of Justice would come into Fayette County and start investigating our election proceedings. He told our Commissioners that our Election process had never ever been in question before and they just didn't want to go that route.

So, Frady, Horgan, and Hearn backed off that route and the next thing we know Hearn is nominating a person from his church. Frady, Horgan, and Hearn all voted in favor of that person (Addison Lester) to be the Commission's representative (leader) on the Board of Elections.

Steve Brown and Allen McCarty did not vote in favor of that nominee. Commissioners Brown and McCarty voiced the opinion that Ms. Watts should remain on the Elections Board because she was qualified where the other two members did not have any experience or training. Addison Lester did not have any Board of Elections experience or training.

At tonight's Commission Meeting, 9 people went to the podium and addressed our Commissioners. All of those people voiced their extreme concern about Commissioner Hearn nominating his cousin for the Elections Board position. They also expressed their concern over the fact that Commissioner Hearn did not provide that information when he made his nomination.

Commissioner Hearn said that he was sorry he did not provide the information concerning his cousin. However, neither Frady, Horgan, nor Hearn made any attempt to remove Mr. Lester from the Elections Board position. All Public Comments tonight requested the removal of Mr. Lester from the position due to a conflict of interest.

It is obvious that our previous and some of our current Commissioners have an overwhelming desire to control the election process in Fayette County.

Several citizens asked the three Commissioners to clarify the reasoning for their decision. None responded!

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Election cousin

What about the sheriff's wife?
Are comments forbidden?

I have never liked the atmosphere around polls! One sometimes is made to feel privileged to be there instead of being treated like a voter.

Better than it was in the 60s anyway---no pick handles.

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If he is his mother's cousin that 'ain't' a distant cousin--heck

that ain't even no where near to bein' a kissin cousin. The main problem is that this person was described as someone he knew from church and as a member of the community--oh, wait, was he such a distant cousin that he forgot the connection--think not---just knew it was a little smelly and better not to mention it.

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I'm More Worried About

churchitism than nepotism! When you involve church ties in politics, you are asking for more trouble than a barrel full of monkey half cousins!

Swift Death to Nominations For County Office Based on I know Him/Her/Them From Church!

Go Braves, I guess...

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BBQ Jones

Ok... fair enough if his cousin gets to count the votes....all my dead relatives get to vote!

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So, BBQ why did they dump Marilyn

Is that question not relevant?

Answer that one. Then we will "move on" you stupid Democrat operative.

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Let It Rest

1. I'm not a Democrat Operative - I'm a member of the NRA
2. I'm not stupid - I graduated from high school
C. I'm glad all the other problems in the county are fixed so we can worry about who's related to whom!

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BQQ Jones

Do you understand ..why?????... there is a board in charge of voting? Do you remember a few years ago when most people felt, and some still feel, that Bush ...stole.. the election from Al Gore? I am one of them.

There was even a movie about it.

The deal is...all we have for our overtaxed life, is our one pathetic vote. Lobbyist butcher it daily in Washington, but when it gets local...your rights have scraped the bottom of the barrel.

This is a very old story... For years, until the likes M Watts were put in place, people bought/sold/stole the elections all the time.

That is a FACT.. The South, which I am of the zillionth generation, stuffed the ballot box...GOT THEIR COUSINS TO BE IN CHARGE OF COUNTING THE VOTES... (these guys aren't original at all!)
and of course, registered every dead relative to vote.

When people say ...'the south will rise again'...they mean of election day!

People like Watts, that couldn't be bought...are all we have between us, our vote...and nothing.

Is that what you want? people like her replaced with realtives of the guys running?

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Robert

The Lady was doing a good job, so it wasn't that. She attended all meetings and was detail oriented.

The job pays $250.00 a month, so it isn't that he wanted to keep his relative up in style.

That leaves only a few thoughts as to why you would throw a good employee out and put an inexperienced relative in the position to count the votes in your upcomming election.

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Frady and Horgan must act now

I think that since Frady and Horgan, the commission chairman and vice chairman respectively, both voted for the appointment of Lester on a tainted nomination, they must immediately vacate that appointment or they become just as guilty as Hearn. It will be interesting to observe what they will do about this issue. But whatever they do won't excuse Hearn. He needs to resign.

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Pips1414

With all of this goings on with the commissioners, I think there are a couple of developers and bankers sitting out there sweating over this WTF bypass of yours! Now, it does seem like a nice road that I wouldn't mind driving at least a couple of times a year, but with all the stonewalling, secret budget shifting, non-stepping down of Rastafarian commissioner after being caught with the goods in a Christian county, appointment of unqualified half cousins from church, I think there is a big ball of money tied up out there that will evaporate unless the road is built! Someone should make a diagram of all the players and lenders in this deal, and it won't be me!

How are them lawsuits coming along!?

Swift Death to (your choice)!

Go Braves! Bat Heyward in the 2 hole!

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that big ball of money

is buried under many LLPs I feel.

It may have quite a few strings to people in decision making positions.

What they ...should.. realize is that no matter how well they think the

little LLP deal covers details, when people get mad, they are willing to

keep following those little strings till they find the answers. Once they

find the answers, an apology isn't going to work.

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Suggarfoot

That is what I thought! Has no one looked into these LLPs?

Swift Death to LLPs that Cover Up The Truth!

Go Braves--The Hawks Don't Seem to Have Anything Left!

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Relatives

Should the sheriff or his wife resign?

Aren't there several cousins at the Court House?

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Shame on Hearn and Shame on Lester

If Lee Hearn has no shame, neither does his cousin. What GREAT qualifications Lester has. Let's see, he has never attended a single Board of Elections meeting - not even the first one after his appointment. (He was out of town). Bet he will show up when his cousin and his ole cronies need him on election night though. Maybe he will hand carry absentee ballots and fill them out for all the other cousins that have lived in the county a long time. Don't forget his daddy was city manager. That is another great qualification. He already serves on another Board. Let's keep him busy now that he is retired. Lester should withdraw or the commissioners should withdraw him before it is too late and the Dept of Justice becomes involved. And don't forget their power play to control all appointments to the Board of Elections. I bet Scott Bennett told Hearn this was OK, just as he advised an elected official in Henry County that he could vote on an issue when he clearly had a confliict of interest. Then they brought him here after he left Henry County in disgrace. Krakeel had a hand in all this Elections mess and he is not even elected.

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What does said appointment pay?..

I'm curious...

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what does this appointment pay? good question

I second that. Why treat a woman who been doing a good job this way?

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Check His Birth Certificate

Like I said, do not look for any admission of wrong doing or appearance of by Hearn, Frady, Horgan, or Krackheel. They are more human than we ever imagined. Can't wait for next election...if they're eligible. el·i·gi·ble:fit or proper to be chosen; worthy of choice; desirable: meeting the stipulated requirements, as to participate, compete, or work; qualified.
3. legally qualified to be elected or appointed to office: eligible for the presidency.
Yikes. Maybe I'm on to something.

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Hearn's conflict

I would be willing to bet that Hearn has many more conflicts. The West By Pass is his baby. Someone needs to look at all the dumbie corporations involved in the properties that are affected. GBI and DOJ need to be involved in this. Why doesn't someone file an ethics complaint with the Ethics Commission? My second cousin is one of my dearest friends and we are close, just as Hearn & his cousin are. This is corruption at it's finest.

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as in wife

as in wife - sheriff's that is

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Hearn has no class...but plenty of relatives!

At the next meeting, the public should ask for that 'vote' to be axed. If Hearn won't, then he should be. This is clearly a conflict and it just shows how STUPID he is to try to pull this off.

And in my humble opinion, his Bible thump-in cousin is no better to have gone along with it!

I've always felt that among the congregation, there are wolves in sheep's clothing. Now we know we have two redneck cousins that think we can't figure it out.

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The Plot Thickens

From what we've seen, here's a clear and well-documented case of a conflict of interest, and it just goes to show how powerful one person can be. Next question: will Frady and Horgan take this into consideration and nullify the Lester appointment they voted for? Will they duck the issue? Will they change the subject? Tune in again at the commissioners meeting room Thursday night at 7 PM, folks. It'll be a great show, and the admission is free. We may even find out that other folks less than an arm's length away own developmental property on the West Bypass. Anyway, public comments should be fireworks.

And last, but by no means least, take a look at Dave Barlow's Letter to the Editor in this same edition captioned "With no disclosure, Commissioner Hearn appoints cousin to post". News gets around fast.

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Horgan ...SHOULD... have stepped down

when he was rollin down the road one Sunday afternoon and caught smokin his wakki tobackee..

NOW.. he wants to put cuz in charge of countin them votes just in time for his next run for office.

If is so obvious he has no respect for his office nor the people of this county!

If he doesn't have the class to step down, then the other commisioners should ask him to.

But I have no faith in the other 2 doing what is right because they would loose their majority vote. Not even if he 'flashed' the ladies at the next meeting would they ask him to step down.

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Sweetfeet, Horgan, & Elections

C'mon sweetfeet, try to keep p here, this has nothing to do with Horgan--it's Hearn and his Cousin. It's not hard really---oh, maybe it is for some.

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sugar maybe into the margaritas by 7:48PM

Horgan may be Hearn;s cuzin or smoke buddy, but who cares? Just get those roads to nowhere built.

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Horgan and Hearn...my bad

I did mix them up...my bad...

Horgan, careens down public roads smokin funny stuff on Sunday afternoons.

Hearn, gives the boot to long time employees

for the sake of double-first-cousins-twice-removed who's only qualifications seems to be just that.

Yeah, they are easy to confuse.

Both too dumb to figure out they are gonna get caught.

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Hearn's Dirty Deed

Hearn's good-ole-boy politics as usual deal is justified, he says, because Lester, his second cousin "had lived in the county for years, and also because he is retired and has the time to devote to the position."

Based on that rationale, Kenny Melear should be appointed Chairman of the King Day Parade Committee.

My mother's counsin ? You're damn right that is a close connection. The real sin is not disclosing it. Remember-- Nixon got nailed just because he covered it up.

Dirty, dirty, dirty....

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Board of Elections & Lee Hearn

First, Lee Hearn has now lost what respect I had left for him. He should be ashamed of himself. He will not get my vote again, if he runs.
Second, what a slap in the face for Marilyn Watts. Here we have a volunteer who has worked hard to learn the job and who was willing to continue to serve. Her reward: slap in the face and dismissal, all for personal reasons. A great lesson from the Commissioners in how to show citizens how arrogant they are when flushed with power. Absolutely pitiful!

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Benefit of the Doubt

That a 2nd cousin could be fair & just. My guess is that Hearn either doesn't run or the margin of loss will be too great for any voter fraud. I'll give that Lester has other qualifications other than being a relative, son of a former city official, gawd fearing, church going deacon,and that he probably does have the time to learn the job. My point is that why would anyone want to apply for these civic duty jobs, get the training and put in the time; only to be voted off by pure party partisan politics and replaced by someone w/ Lester's obvious qualifications? I would guess if he was ever interested in the past he would have participated and he could have been appointed by 1 of the partys or waited for this nice lady to retire.

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Call In The Justice Department

This is just an example of the deception that has been going on within our County Government since former Chairman Jack Smith took office.

Commissioner Hearn is the same man who sat before the public during the March 24, 2011, Commission Meeting and said, “There were no backroom deals, there was nothing inappropriate done in terms of the planning,” with reference to the West Bypass.

Yet, the same Commissioner who said that is also the same Commissioner who “inappropriately” with deception nominated his own cousin as the County’s representative on the Elections Board!

Was Hearn the “sacrificial lamb” in the Elections Board deal or was he the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” that got caught?

Nah, Frady and Horgan can’t be absolved of this incident. The three enforcers put this deal over with a 3-to-2 vote as they have with every other controversial decision that has been placed before this Board since the beginning of 2011.

Commissioners Brown and McCarty were the voices for transparency and all that is just when they opposed Hearn’s nominee to the Election Board.

Frady, Hearn, and Horgan don’t know the meaning of the words “transparency” or justice. If they will be so blatant as to repeatedly attempt to rig the county’s Board of Elections, they will try anything.

The Department of Justice needs to be called in on this one!

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Breathtaking chutzpah
Lee Hearn wrote:

“The point is we need to have fair and just elections in the county and our cities”

And we can do this by stacking the election board with our blood relatives?

Breathtaking chutzpah.

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Right you are, Chris

In a way, this is transparent, because everybody can see through it. Commissioner Hearn's stopping short of describing all his connections to Lester during the nomination leads us to believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Hearn should admit that, since his conflict of interest has now been exposed, he feels obligated to withdraw his nomination and henceforth promises never again to let anyone catch him in a similar situation.

At the next Commissioners meeting, the public comments should include a request for the Commissioners to declare the Lester appointment tainted, and thereby null and void. Horgan and Frady will do everything they can to quash the issue.

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or for our Christian Friends

"chutzpah" or chutzpa or hutzpah

(n) : nearly arrogant courage; utter audacity, effrontery or impudence
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Examples, Lee Hearn, Jack Smith, Herb Frady, Robert Horgan

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If second or third cousins can't work here...

......most sheriff's departments would have to close!

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Roundabout

Are you referring to the local one?

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No, but........

....I think they get a little closer here than cousin!

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