After the 2000 primary campaign for stateâ€™s attorney, which current judicial candidate David Akemann lost to challenger Meg Gorecki, The Courier, always an Akemann supporter, refused to endorse either candidate (Courier, March 16, 2000), and the Daily Herald called it “one of the nastiest campaign seasons in county history.” (March 22, 2000).
Akemann’s supporters were accused of campaign dirty tricks, e.g., slashing or stealing Gorecki’s signs. (Daily Herald, Feb. 23, 2000), but that was the least of it.
Both Gorecki and County Board Chair Mike McCoy said they believed Akemann’s office was responsible for the leak of a police report about Gorecki less than three weeks before the 2000 primary (Beacon, March 4, 2000). County Board member Doug Weigand agreed, adding that Akemann was “desperate.” County Board member Cathy Hurlbut said the timing of the release of the report was “suspect” and “Any respect I have for David Akemann is gone.” (Beacon, March 5, 2000). McCoy also called the leak “dirty politics.” Gorecki also called the improper and unethical leak of the report “a politically motivated smear campaign timed to derail my campaign.” (Courier, March 7, 2000).
The voters apparently agreed, because Gorecki won the primary, and Akemannâ€™s troubled time as stateâ€™s attorney was finally over.
I heard that many of Akemannâ€™s current opponentâ€™s campaign signs have been vandalized and stolen recently. Is it possible that Akemannâ€™s supporters are up to their old tricks?
Harold B. Cattron