In the latest news, Hargett sent the TBI to investigate his complaint that one of his terribly dangerous political opponents, the mellow marijuana lover Bernie Ellis, made a "terrorist threat" against the Secretary of State's office. Hargett was worried about the safety of his employees. At least that's his story. What so concerned Hargett? An innocuous comment that Ellis posted on Tom Humphrey's blog. Read the comment here. To keep us safe from people like Ellis, maybe we need Homeland Security to start monitoring all blog comments. There was one by this commenter named Monkey Butt that upset me greatly. But I digress.Goins threatened Liberadio's Mary Mancini, who worked with Ellis and others to defeat legislation this session to delay implementation of the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act. That law requires a paper trail for voting machines by the 2010 election. Goins plopped down beside Mancini in the legislative cafeteria.
"I'm a friend of paper ballots," he said, "But when you push your friends too far, sometime they bite back."
And, he added, "I'm this close to biting back."
Here's the moral of this little tale of jackassery: Don't mess with aging hippies. They're meaner than you think. Hargett sees them as a bunch of pansies. But the pansies kicked his ass on this legislation, so he was embarrassed and decided it was time for payback. Sending a couple of TBI agents to Ellis' house would screw with his mind. Right? Unfortunately for Hargett, Ellis, who's a really nice guy, has more than a few friends in the media. As soon as the TBI left his farm, he sat down at his computer and sent an email to these friends. When the first blog post hit the web, it must have been an oh-shit moment for the new secretary of state.
See Mary Mancini for more on this abuse of power and on the Republican full-court press against the integrity of elections in Tennessee. Also Jackson Baker reports: "Truth-Stranger-Than-Fiction Department: Citizen Activist Routs State Power in Battle of Ellis' Farm" Update: Nashville Is Talking sums it all up.