NASHVILLE, Tenn.-September 22, 2016–Misbehavior by Democratic officials has become a theme in 2016. At the top of the ticket, the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton is well-documented. At the state level, a Democrat convicted of a felony resigned only to have local Democratic leaders pick an individual who is facing his own legal problems. Now, at the local level, it appears the Hamblen County Democratic Party has joined the Shelby County Democratic Party as counties where the local chairman has broken the law.
The Morristown Citizen-Tribune is out with a story this week about the Hamblen County Democratic Party Chairman being indicted for illegally removing civil and criminal court files. From the CT story:
“(The Chairman) was indicted Monday by a Hamblen County grand jury for nine counts apiece of illegally removing documents and theft under $500, both misdemeanor offenses.
“(He) is chair of the Hamblen County Democratic Party and a member of the Hamblen County Election Commission, according to Jeff Gardner, administrator of elections.”
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes reacted to the indictment by stating, “They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s true, Hillary Clinton has to be overwhelmed by the efforts of Tennessee Democrats who are doing their best to follow her criminal lead. Add the Hamblen County Chairman to the growing list of Democrats who feel they’re above the law–and clearly prove their Party should be nowhere near the levers of responsibility in this state.”
The Shelby County Democratic Chairman was accused of embezzling over $25,000 and the TNDP Chairman has attempted to sweep the story under the rug.