Monday, April 12, 2010

Susan Lynn Gets into Pissing Match with Steve Gill

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Why does this man hate Susan Lynn?
  • Why does this man hate Susan Lynn?
Right-wing radio hero Steve Gill has been on the attack lately against Rep. Susan Lynn for failing to follow a provision of state election campaign finance law—namely, the one requiring candidates to file papers appointing a treasurer before they start raising money. Lynn waited until April 1, then she named herself as treasurer for her bid to unseat Sen. Mae Beavers in the much-anticipated nastiest campaign of the century.

Somebody has lodged an ethics complaint against Lynn with the state over her apparent lapse in filing her paperwork on time. By law, such complaints are confidential, but the complainant apparently sent a copy to Gill. (Wasn't that helpful?) This is hardly a big deal. But Gill has been beating up Lynn on his morning show, causing her to cry out in anguish in an email to the radio blowhard.

In the email, which fell from the sky into Pith's lap a little while ago, Lynn asks: "Why are you so constantly so hard on me? Where does it come from?" Everyone knows Lynn's just as conservative as Gill. So she asks, "What is it? What is wrong?"

In his reply, which Pith also received, Gill is unrepentant. "IF you don't want to be called out, don't do stupid things, don't tell lies, and don't break the law," he writes, then proceeds to smack Lynn around for various perceived wrongs. We're beginning to think Gill's for Mae Beavers. Here's the full email exchange:

Steve,

I am at a loss to understand you. I know the election laws apply to me, and I would never think that they don't. If I have overlooked anything I will do what I need to do to make it right.

Why are you constantly so hard on me? Where does it come from? We hardly ever speak. I am one of the most conservative members of the House. You see my conservative editorials - my work at ALEC - my stand on the issue—my votes are conservative. What is it? What is wrong? I don't understand why you would treat me any differently than any other conservative member of the General Assembly.

Most sincerely,

Susan Lynn

However, you know that if I have violated the law, I will be the first to do whatever I should do to make things right.

* * *

Susan -

I am not sure how I am "constantly so hard on you." I expose the truth about you and other legislators - Republicans and Democrats — when you do things that are not what you pretend to be or when you do things that are unethical or stupid. I apply the same test to you that I apply to all other legislators. IF you don't want to be called out, don't do stupid things, don't tell lies, and don't break the law. None of this has anything to do with your personal life or behavior...it is all based on how you conduct yourself politically and in the policy arena. Nothing more
or less. The same standard I apply to other politicians at every level.

I am increasingly losing respect for the few good things you have done because you have your little minions constantly harass me on your behalf. And because I don't think voting for drivers licenses for illegals makes
you particularly conservative. Or for huge budgets with sweet little earmarks. And because you don't follow the rules, make smearing and slandering people a part of your regular playbook, etc. You take money from the taxpayers for per diem expenses while sleeping in your own house...and see absolutely nothing wrong with this behavior. Do I need to go on?

Increasingly the gap between what you pretend to be and what you actually are is widening. You have chosen to run a smear campaign against Mae (and against other good people) to advance your ambition, but I don't have to
smear you at all to help balance things out...the truth will do.

Instead of worrying about my exposure of your illegal fundraising, you should promptly make it right by returning all the illegally obtained money and apologizing publicly for failing to know and/or obey the law. But I am betting you instead try to deflect things and blame Mae, me and all your other perceived demons rather than take responsibility for what you have done, or failed to do. That is NOT being a conservative. Maybe you will surprise me and do the right thing. I would certainly encourage you to do so.

Good luck in your campaign. You are welcome to come on the show sometime and explain why raising tens of thousands of dollars illegally makes you a great fit for a promotion to the State Senate.

Steve

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