Only democrat in the picture and only democratic candidate to attend the $250.00 per plate fundraiser.
Gene is under heavy criticism after attending a Republican fundraiser Thursday night for SOS John Merrill at $250.00 per plate, he and Tez both went. At the same time Mr. Kenneth Brackins a Democrat running for state rep. district 7 was having a $25 per plate fundraiser. Gene stayed at the Republican fundraiser and did not get to the democratic party fundraiser till it was almost over and most were gone, he did not eat at Mr. Brackins gathering. The democratic party is very upset that he choose the Republicans over Democrats and he is a democratic nominee. Also considering his issues with minority employment etc. Mr. Brackins is a minority. Gene also did not attend the democratic party kick off before the June primary when former Gov. Don Siegleman and his son who is running for Attorney General was here, but they are Democrats.
From Gene facebook page:
I wrote this after carefully considering and listening to the buildup of rumors that are rumbling. It is sad to live in such a glass house with so many people with their pockets filled with rocks...ready to hurl them in a flurry. I am reminded of one of my Papa's teachings. He always said, "If you think your neighbor's laundry is dingy hanging on the line, wash your windows and look again." The young folks will not understand this teaching but us older ones will. Perhaps you can teach your children today.....Good day and God bless. Tez
From Montez facebook page:
The ugly political year is upon us. This is the year that turns friends into enemies, family into foe and a good name sometimes must be defended. I hate it. We have two strong political parties in Lawrence County as it should be. Good people in both parties. Our founding fathers had the foresight to know we needed this form of government. Some people argue that we should all be one...well I agree to a point...we should all be AMERICANS. Do what is RIGHT. As a sitting Sheriff of this county for the last 11 years my husband has been a Sheriff to all the people. He doesn't ask you what party you are affiliated with or if you voted for him when you call for help. He is duty bound to serve all the people of Lawrence County. We have taken some fire for representing Lawrence County this week when our Secretary of State John Merrill came into town. John and his wife are personal friends of ours. It matters not what ticket he runs on, we are still friends. We do not endorse his candidacy nor donate to. When other elected State officials have come to our county we have welcomed them as well and we are always ready to show our County off. Just because this is an election year people get ugly and hurtful. We will continue to hold ourselves as professionals and try to dignify the position we hold. Gene Mitchell ..A Sheriff for all the people. God bless us all my friends.