Ok fans I admit I have been awful hard on Democratic Metro Council candidate for District 6 David James for primarily two reasons. First, there has been no proof offered of his residency that would make him eligible for the election, and secondly, the ties to illegal Jim King have been a great concern to me.
I met with David James this morning over breakfast to set the record straight and I have to admit he is LEGAL. David provided a copy of his lease agreement at his address signed on August 3, 2009 which means he meets the one year requirement to run for office in District 6.
All I can say at this point is thanks David. Seriously, that is the one issue I just could not overcome. After the exhaustive 2 years (and counting) I have spent working towards justice in the case of Jim and Katie King (a fight that is still ongoing today as the Kentucky State Police are still investigating among others), and the ridiculous contested ballots of practically anyone who is considered a threat in elections this year by the Democratic Party, well you get the picture.
By the way the Republicans have not been much better remember the illegal suit brought against Ed Martin by the Lally whackers?
Facts are important. David just provided the facts and proved his residency making it a moot point. I do owe David an apology to some degree as I have been very critical because of this issue so David my apologies but next time do me a favor.
Take care of this sooner save us both some time and trouble ;-).
Since I was with David I decided to cover a couple of different areas. First was Jim King and his relationship with him.
David tells me he first met with King, upon King's request, during the primary race for Mayor. King wanted information that would help him develop a safety plan and David is an expert on that issue.
In fact when I ran for Mayor in 2006 I reached out to David even though he was with the KBI at the time, David immediately met with me, and helped me understand the needs of the community with police staffing, funding, etc. It was partly because of the many things I learned from David during that time that I was able to draft a public safety program that I still believe to this day was the best solution offered then and now.
James says his relationship with King is nothing more than a periphery one based solely on his meetings with King speaking about public safety issues. I have no reason to doubt that at all as it is true to David's character.
I did speak with David additionally about the current Deonte Hollowell story as well. I asked James if he had anything whatsoever to do with the report being tossed about by Democratic hack, and pseudo journalist Thomas McAdam of the City Hall examiner.
James vehemently denied any involvement whatsoever and went on to state:
"I had absolutely nothing to do with this story against councilman Hollowell. In fact I have not went negative in any way in this election. The people of District 6 deserve someone with integrity and honor representing them. Negative campaigning destroys that credibility and wastes time on something other than what the people of District 6 want and that is a pure discussion on the problems and what we will do working together to overcome them."
James further stated: "I like Councilman Hollowell and everyone makes mistakes. I want him to know that I had nothing whatsoever to do with this negative campaign tactic and I wish him all the best."
I have to admit I believe him. David James in the past has always been above board and openly discusses everything. Today was no different and for that I am grateful.
So Mr. James sorry for causing you the trouble but the questions were very necessary and relevant to this election. Enjoy the race and good luck.
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