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Forrester Tries Again to Calm Storm Over Freeman
by Jeff Woods
on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 12:16 PM
Democratic Party chair Chip Forrester trumpets his openness and transparency in his latest YouTube message and defends new treasurer Bill Freeman. "I'm awful proud to have Bill on board," he says. But one of the biggest complaints from party executive committee members is that Forrester was keeping a little secret when he asked them to make Freeman the treasurer. Forrester just didn't get around to mentioning Freeman's history of Republican giving.
"I wish we'd been given more information when we selected him," committee member Don Farmer of Milan tells Pith. "There was a lack of knowledge. We took the recommendation of our chairman. That's why Freeman was selected. It was based on the chairman's recommendation. Chip never gave us any of the information that's now coming out. All we were told was that he's a good Democrat."
A resolution calling for Freeman's ouster is circulating within the committee, and Farmer says he's for it.
"In Mr. Freeman's interest, I think it would be to his advantage if he would step aside and just resign on his own. It's causing friction in the whole Democratic Party from east to the west. Everybody's talking about it."
Farmer adds, "It's really damaged Chip's integrity." To be fair, Farmer voted for Charles Robert Bone for chairman, so he's not exactly one of Forrester's BFFs. But Pith is hearing even from Forrester supporters that he may have to sacrifice Freeman at some point to save himself.
Courtesy of Braisted