For every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis – Sir Isaac Newton 1688
This excellent letter to the editor hit our inbox today and we are delighted to share it with you. Smells like blowback…
Elections Have Consequences – Even Recall Elections
Can we ever believe Commissioner Gilman?
Life is simple – people shouldn’t lie! Especially when they are responsible for other peoples’ money- like a Commissioner.
RGJ dated March 22. “Gilman said his businesses were not involved in any of the allegations made against the sheriff. But he confirmed he signed the petition to remove Antinoro from office.”
March 28 – Financial disclosure to the Secretary of State:
TRI – $127,557.01, Lance Gilman – $6,846.00, Kris Thompson – $7,637.64
There was another 10K in subsequent filings and the final report is due out shortly. Gilman’s business partner, Don Roger Norman is “TRI” and Kris Thompson is a Gilman employee at TRI.
RGJ – Arpil 7 “Gilman has repeatedly stated that he was not involved in the recall effort. But he did spend a total $6,840 on mailers and signs”, according to the contributions report filed in late March. As recently as two weeks ago, Gilman told the RGJ his only involvement in the recall was to sign the petition requesting it.”
What does your life experience tell you? People only lie once? Not typically, usually when you catch someone lying, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. And consider this – he represents 1/3 the votes of our Commissioners who are supposed to represent us, the taxpayers of Storey County.
All of us can cut a little slack for someone who inadvertently “misspoke”.
But his BIG LIE was no accident; they were calculated statements to mislead taxpayers. And any reasonable person should ask “what other lies have not been exposed?”
Elections DO Have Consequences – Even Recall Elections.
First and foremost, Commissioner Gilman should submit his resignation immediately for the BIG LIE as part of his apology the taxpayers AND costing us $25,000- $30,000 (At the same time, we will accept a check from him, but need two forms of ID, hopefully they have the same residence address).
If not an immediate resignation, The BIG LIE is easily grounds for recall, but one would hope he would not put the county through another expensive fiasco like he just orchestrated and we all had to endure.
Let’s go a step further. Let’s review this petition to see what other County officials signed. Such a review is appropriate, not as a call for retribution but to reveal where our elected and appointed officials stood on this issue. As a matter of fact, anyone of reading this would probably eagerly and honestly defend anyone’s right to sign the petition.
But a County official, be elected or appointed, who signed this recall petition was either in collusion with the Commissioner knowing of his BIG LIE, or has a gross lack understanding of the politics in this county or possesses a serious lack of judgement. Any one of these demonstrates a lapse duty; to focus their unwavering dedication to the best interests of their employer – the taxpayers of Storey County.
Second, After the immediate resignation of Commissioner Gilman for the BIG LIE, It’s time for a serious review of the County official who endorsed this recall fiasco and supported the BIG LIE. These County officials knew exactly what they were doing- if they didn’t, it’s time to seriously question their competence and/or loyalty to their employer- the taxpayers of Storey County.
Finally, it’s obvious with no one CURRENTLY in our county government willing to challenge the BIG LIE (other than our sheriff) we need to demonstrate our resolve in the voting booth. We need to inject a fresh perspective into Storey County government. We have all heard the expression lately- “time to drain the swamp”. We should expect nothing less than the truth and full transparency regarding our county operations.
Anyone living in Storey County who has been paying attention knows what a liar Lance Gilman is. Gold Hillers may have been the first to learn; before he was elected he assured us that he would oppose open pit mining here. As soon as he was in office he explained his newfound support for it: “Some of the older families here are in favor” was his rationale.
The bad odor around Commissioner Gilman has increased to the point where everyone can smell it now. Don’t expect anything better from Storey County government with him in office. He has no commitment to his constituents.