Sigh… Megan Thompson Would Like You to Know that Doug Ervin is a Lying Liar Who Lies

Posted: July 31, 2020 in 2020 Elections
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I was hoping we wouldn’t get to this point in the campaign, but here we are. I naively thought after all the crap we’ve been through with Ridgeway and Owen that we could at least have a freaking campaign that had two candidates just run for office, offer us ideas, plans, and just let the chips fall where they may.

Silly me, this is Clay County where politics is a circus… Oh, Hell, this is America. No matter what you do, no matter how much you hope, you get American politics. Every. Damn. Cycle.

Last week a mailer dropped from the Thompson campaign in Republican mailboxes around the county.

And as usually is the case with the Thompson campaign mailers that we’ve seen so far in this race, it was short on substance. This time it was long on ridiculous, untruthful accusations about her opponent.

Did you know? Doug Ervin is a lying liar who lies!

Oh, dang, darn, dang, darn! That lying liar! How freaking dare he!

See it says it right there!

Did you know? If you type something in like 144 font on one side of a political mailer it obviously makes it true.

Now flip it over and you can behold the lying liar in all his lying glory.

LIAR!

Good grief… It’s like they hired a thirteen-year-old to put this together.

(Please tell me they hired a thirteen-year-old because I really don’t want to believe Megan had any role to play in this. I sat across the desk in her office, enjoyed a coffee, and had intelligent discussions with her multiple times not too many years ago. She surely didn’t think this was a good idea?)

I had some nice things to say about Thompson on the write-up I did on the primary ballot the other day, and I legitimately meant them, but I’m starting to question things if this is the type of crap they’re going to pull.

Not retracting them, just starting to question them.

It’s clear this is nothing more than a personal attack attempting to harm Ervin’s character. Which, frankly, is an absolute pile of shit considering how decent of a person Ervin is. You won’t find one person in this county that knows Ervin well who would have anything negative to say about him.

For anyone that cares about facts, here we go:

First, before I even address the specifics of the “lobbyist” claim, you notice something about the citation?

That’s Sourcewatch.org. It’s a bit of ironic hilarity in the sense that this says “Republican Voter Alert”. You do realize that Sourcewatch is a left leaning website that spends a significant amount of time trying to “expose” right leaning organizations?

(American politics is stupid, we can’t just have different ideas, we have to have groups that “expose” the other group. Maybe most Americans have thirteen-year-olds run their political organizations?)

But, hey, gee golly, Republican Alert! Alert! Alert! Alert!

Sigh…

I reached out to the Ervin campaign for a little rebuttal, with regards to the actual claims here’s a bit of a response:

  1. These weren’t “vacations” they’re referencing, they were conferences.
  2. Ervin was a member of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). Again, completely ironic I’m sure, but Sourcewatch is often concerned with exposing ALEC. It’s literally on Sourcewatch’s front page. ALEC is a right leaning organization that pushes market oriented, limited government solutions. You know the things “conservatives” used to be for, you know, the thing the Thompson campaign continues claim in their mailers that they are. Either we’re not what we say we are, or we’re so scared of losing this election we’re throwing darts at walls hoping they land on the right message.
  3. Ervin served on two different task forces for ALEC which required him to attend these conferences.
  4. He paid for the flights, hotels, ground transportation, and any non-conference expenses and these weren’t tax payer funded. I know that’s not claimed, but people often allow their mind to wander. Just pointing that out.
  5. As a member of a task force, ALEC provided scholarships, typically $500 – $1000 (sometimes higher, but typically $500), to help defray the costs of attending. They were mandatory, or you lose your seat.
  6. Ervin never even attended a conference in San Diego, CA.
  7. Everything was properly reported on his personal financial disclosures.
  8. The last conference he attended was over 10 years ago.

With regards to the registered lobbyist attack, I get it, we’ve turned all lobbyists into basically one step above Satan, but it’s part of the political process. As long as you tax and regulate big companies like a lot of you think we should do (after all they’re just evil rich people, that pay employees, who pay taxes), you’re going to have lobbying. Tragically, lobbyists are just one more thing we have reduce to one word or one phrase that’s connotatively loaded. It’s kind of like how a Megan Thompson campaign mailer has attempted to reduce the campaign down to one word or one phrase.

About the whole lobbyist thing…

  1. He followed the law to protect himself and his employer. That evil lying liar who lies, how DARE he follow the law! Gasp!
  2. He never lobbied for anyone but Cerner, you know, his employer. You know, the company that is one of the largest employers in the state and the Kansas City metro who just happens to specialize in an industry that is easily the most highly regulated “private” sector in the entire economy. How DARE he! He was asked to do a job by Neal Patterson, you know that guy, the one that ran Cerner. Sorry, it wasn’t as glamorous as collecting liquor license and amusement park fees for the last 6 years, but hey, some people got jobs to do.
  3. If you were to look at his expenditure reports, most years show minimal amounts, some even showed $0.
  4. It states at the top that Ervin “IS” a lobbyist. Someone needs a lesson on the most used verb in the English language. He’s not registered since 12/31/2019. That’s not a present tense state of being no matter how you twist it.

He issued a statement recently about all this lobbyist nonsense on his Facebook page if you care to read it:

He took money from BAD folks… Oh, good grief. Now we’ve gone from thirteen-year-old to five-year-old.

Mommy, that man took money from that bad woman.

Sorry son, we probably should banish him from human civilization…

This is maybe the most disingenuous attack in the entire piece.

Did Doug Ervin take money from Luann Ridgeway. Yup. It was 18 YEARS AGO when most people (I was never one of them!) in the Republican party in this goofy county thought Ridgeway was something special. This is just stupid.

And if we really want to get into campaign contributions and criticizing them, well…

Maybe we should, Megan.

You see, everyone can play the guilt by association game, and it’s actually one of the reasons I wasn’t even going to say something about the whole campaign donations things because I thought, again naively, that we could just have a campaign here for the betterment of Clay County, but…

Yeah, Clay County Politics.

Oh, the picture above, what’s that? You see that’s a donation from Matt Thompson, Megan’s brother in law to none other than Ms. Ridgeway. And who is T. K. Thompson you might ask…

Well, that’s Megan’s father-in-law…

And…

Now, that my friends is a donation.

Is it wrong…

Nope. I despise campaign finance “reform”, I actually think the “ethics” reform plan the Ervin campaign has put forward is stupid. Hell, I even hate the reporting that’s required in campaigns.

Money=Speech.

But… Since we know what we know, one could make an observation that it’s insanely peculiar when you consider Megan’s husband is the Assistant County Prosecutor. One could, could, get out in the weeds and accuse the Thompson campaign of solely being about name ID to eventually run Megan’s husband for County Prosecutor.

I honestly don’t know for sure.

I’ll repeat what I’ve said previously. I’ve always thought Megan Thompson to be a good, and decent person. I get this is politics, and people do things they may not otherwise normally do. After all, the Thompson’s have a Hell of a lot of money riding on this race…

Could you imagine the fear if you spent $75,000 dollars of your own money on a race that you could lose? Stay away from the stock market Megan.

Don’t even get my started on the rationality of spending $75,000 of your own money on a race that only pays roughly the same in salary annually.

Could you imagine what one could have done with $75,000 as opposed to “invest” it in a race for Clay County Commissioner? A position that easily 50%+ of the “normies” don’t even know exists.

But, hey, she’s a conservative Republican!

In all reality, in 2020 that means you have no fiscal discipline or fiscal responsibility, so one could have a take that this absolutely seems in line with typical “conservative” thought.

County Commissioners have nothing to do with the budget… Really…

What is so insanely frustrating about all of this to me is that I honestly and truthfully liked Megan before this primary race, but in all honesty, my interest and excitement is waning in the context of what’s happening in this primary. This mailer is ridiculous, and after all we’ve been through the last 8 years we deserve far better than this.

To me, the decision is quite clear on Tuesday. I’m voting Ervin for Commissioner, and right now, I need to think about how much voice I care to contribute to the Thompson campaign if it continues to the general.

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