I originally started this blog to keep tabs on my local politicians. It was my hope to shed some light on local politics and educate people (the traditional role of the press!!!). I never monetized the site. I never wanted it to look like I was profiting off of this. I wanted it to appear as it has always, a concerned citizen who is passionate about changing government for the better. As I have become more educated on local politics, I have come to realize how very few “good guys” there are. Most politicians and people involved in politics are exactly what we think they are, power hungry and unprincipled. It is about them, nothing else.
I have known for some time that Ryan Silvey was friendly towards Vic Hurlbert. Believe me I have been warned enough about him by certain players inside of Clay County politics. I have always defended Ryan and even promoted his political career here on the blog. He has been helpful and respectful to me in the past. Unfortunately, I can defend and support Ryan no more.
Why, you may ask? Well, there is this video (please go and watch it, if you have a YouTube account please click the dislike button):
Yes, that is his endorsement of Vic Hurlbert for state representative. He actually said that “Vic understands the importance of limited, efficient, transparent government.” Oh, so that’s why he left Clay County government in disgrace! Ryan, please, let me see the dictionary you are using, because I don’t think those terms mean what you think they do.
You have to give Mr. Hurlbert credit, he’s running a great campaign, but as always in politics, things are not what they appear. He is hard at work trying to purchase this house seat. According to his July 2012 report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Hurlbert has loaned his campaign $78,800.00. As if that isn’t bad enough, he did it through a series of mostly $4,900.00 loans which fall just short of the $5,000.00 threshold that triggers mandatory reporting within 48 hours of receiving the loan. This allows Hurlbert to hide his self funding loans until the end of the reporting period (TRANSPARENCY!!!!). Desperate to win this seat, Hurlbert is funding his own campaign as the voting public has failed to support him through contributions. To date, he has received only two contributions from the public. As if this attempt to buy a state rep seat isn’t bad enough, this isn’t Hurlbert’s first election purchase. Hurlbert bought the Clay County Presiding Commissioner seat for his wife Pam Mason, the formerly defeated County Clerk by “loaning” her over $101,200.00 which has now been “forgiven” according to reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Until Americans figure out that politics is not about the guy (or gal) from your party winning, politics does not change, this country does not get better, and you give sanction to individuals that don’t put principles first. And at some point truly principled conservatives need to recognize that the problem does not lie in the other “team”; instead, it lies within the Republican party. The only way we change that is we stop supporting incumbents that have lost their way.
As of today, I encourage Republican voters in Clay County Missouri to NOT vote for Ryan Silvey in his Senate race versus Sandra Reeves. Don’t get me wrong, the answer is not to vote for the Democrat in this race. In Missouri we have the ability to write in a name or simply to fill in the write-in bubble and leave it blank. This is what I will be doing in both the primary and general election ballot.