Additional Sheriffs Come Forward After False Endorsements are Exposed
More sheriffs have contacted AG Sam Olens’ campaign saying they too did not endorse Hecht. Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight was so angry he went to the local newspaper to set the record straight saying “I never endorsed Hecht.” “He was just collecting names.” See yesterday’s article HERE.
The current list of falsified switchers who have contacted the campaign stands at 14. One sheriff in a Metro Atlanta county is still an Olens’ endorsee, but asked not to be listed in the press release. One additional sheriff on Hecht’s list was never on Olens’ list.
Current list as of 10-24-14:
Sheriff Nick Norton, Lanier County
CHARLESTON, S.C. – South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature.
Harrell, a Republican who became speaker in 2005, pleaded guilty to six counts that included using campaign funds for personal expenses, misconduct in office and false reporting, in a case that has laid low a key figure in the state Republican Party.
Harrell also agreed to cooperate with investigators going forward and to submit to polygraph tests, prosecutors said, raising the specter of further probes into other top state officials.
“I have agreed to this today to end what has been a two-year nightmare,” Harrell said in a statement. “To continue to fight this would have taken at least another year, possibly two.”
Harrell, who was indicted last month on nine criminal counts that included falsifying his private plane’s logbook to seek payment for non-existent travel, had previously denied any willful wrongdoing.
Under the plea agreement, Harrell will serve three years’ probation of a suspended six-year prison sentence and will pay a $30,000 fine, prosecutor David Pascoe said at a hearing in Columbia, the state capital.