Brian Berger seemed to offer promise for change. Unfortunately, once elected to office very public personal problems turned his stint in office into a circus. With Brian, voters did not learn of his personal problems until after his elections. With Derrick Hickey, news reports have given us a good idea of what we can expect.
Hickey’s wife buys Redenbaughs website:
According to WWAY news reports Hickey credits his wife Catherine with buying fellow school board member Elizabeth Redenbaughs website when it expired. The reason? Spite. Redenbaugh deserved it. She had ticked Hickey off and it was essentially payback. Regardless of the reason, a slimy move by anyone’s standards.
Hickey claimed an endorsement an elected official said he didn’t have:
According to new reports Hickey mailed out political ads claiming the endorsement of some local elected officials, one of which was county commissioner Rick Catlin. Catlin said he didn’t endorse any of the county commissioner candidates in the primary. The other primary candidates understood that. Catlin tried to give Hickey an easy way out commenting that there was apparently a misunderstanding. Hickey decided to throw Catlin under a bus stating specifically that Catlin had endorsed him, essentially calling Catlin a liar. Catlin denies the claim.
Hickey attempted to dig up dirt on fellow republican candidates:
This was not reported in the press, but Hickey spent some time trying to dig up dirt on fellow republican candidates and emailed it out to the press. His hope of course was that his efforts would harm the other republican candidates. Emails had biased information dating back 20 years, long before Hickey ever moved to town, and on topics he had very little knowledge of.
Based on news reports about Hickey, it will not be politics as usual, but dirty politics. It's win at all cost. Actions speak louder than words, and based on whats been reported, Hickey will be a prescription for more trouble. Whatever the case, you definitely don’t want to get in his way.
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