By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73
Recently, two Jackson-based Republican political operatives, Greg Brand and George Williams, entered no contest pleas for a misdemeanor charge concerning a printed campaign mailer distributed during the 2015 state election cycle.
Their target was Madison mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler, who was running in the primary for State Auditor. The mailer ridiculed Hawkins-Butler but was also anonymously distributed with no names or addresses listed, a violation of state law because it mentioned a specific candidate for office.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees the state’s election laws, referred to such seemingly outrageous conduct as “destructive to the republic.” Columnist, political consultant, and establishment mouthpiece Brian Perry pushed the same narrative in a recent column, writing that “if you mention a candidate, put a disclaimer on it” because “it’s the law, and also just good manners.” [Read more…]