Green campaign continues to demand tapes, Grassroots repsonds
POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5:21pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 6:18pm
TYLER - Grassroots America we the people and the Green campaign have butted heads for some time now.
It all started when Green reffered to the group as a "fringe political action committee" after they endorsed Candidate Larry Smith for sheriff. Following the endorsement Grassroots America's Joann Fleming demanded an apology for the statement.
The Green campaign then demanded Grassroots America release tapes of the four candidates in their original unedited format to see if green was treated any differently by the organization during his interview.
Now that it's two weeks later, the Green campaign is beginning to think the tapes are purposefully being withheld until the election begins.
A spokesman for the Green campaign says, "This is a perfect instillation of the difference between the two candidates. You have a politician led by Joann Fleming, and Larry Smith who through innuendo and practically political blackmail hangs these tapes over people's heads without showing them or you have a leader with business experience, with law enforcement experience who knows how to lead the Smith County Sheriff's Office and a 25-million dollar budget."
Grassroots America's JoAnn Fleming responded by saying, "I'm not going to play political sandbox with Mr. Green's campaign. He's not going to tell Grassroots America how to conduct it's business. We are a private group of citizens. Now, our board and our attorney are reviewing the interviews because there was some personal names used in those interviews. Grassroots America needs to protect itself and we don't want to be sued because we have released a tape where one of the candidates flagrantly uses names and speaks about people in those interviews. In a way I think will come across as most unattractive. "