When I started The Storey Teller as a conduit to express support for embattled Sheriff Gerald Antinoro during the failed recall effort, I did so fully expecting to have 13 people read it and then have it fade into the dustbin of irrelevance soon after the recall election.
After all, who really cares about Storey County Politics?
My purpose of The Teller was to counter the failed effort of Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman, TRIC owner Roger Norman and TRIC Project Manager Kris Thompson to oust our duly elected Sheriff.
I was (very) surprised with the number of people who read The Teller and when I told folks of my plan to shutter The Teller after the recall election they were aghast.
Literally, hundreds of people came to me and basically said “Dude, you can’t stop. Storey County finally has someone brave enough to stand up and speak out about all the things that keep Storey County from being a place we can be truly proud of.”
They mentioned waste, abuse, and fraud committed by Storey County officials.
They mentioned fear and intimidation from people in positions of power.
They mentioned the good old boy network of cronies who look at the County’s General Fund as a personal slush fund.
Most of all they mentioned the conflict of interest that Commissioner Gilman enjoys as he wears hats on both sides of the negotiating table. A conflict of interest that places the self-interest of the Marketing Manager and exclusive Real Estate Broker for TRIC above the interests of Storey County Taxpayers, voters, and citizens.
After hearing from these disenfranchised people looking at me as if I was some sort of savior, I figured I needed to keep it up.
I am not a savior. Far from it.
I am just a guy with a keyboard.
A guy who is not afraid of or beholden to the people who think they own this place.
I’m not afraid to speak my mind against what I think is wrong.
Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman considers this dangerous.
On Tuesday Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman served me with a lawsuit.
The writing on The Teller has somehow defamed him and this defamation has injured him and his bank account.
He claims his injury has a monetary value greater than $ 15,000.
I have attached the complaint. It is a remarkable document, when you read it you get a grasp of Commissioner Gilman’s frame of mind.
After reading items 1-17 in the complaint, I can’t see how The Teller has cost him any money.
What The Teller has done is to cause people to think.
And that, in Commissioner Gilman’s mind, is a very dangerous thing.
I’ll see your defamation and raise you The First Amendment.