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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Duke Case: Campaign Hijinks

What is Steve Monks thinking? Why is he playing spoiler in this election if the goal is to remove Nifong from office?


District Attorney

  • Lewis A. Cheek (D)
    5105 Copper Ridge Drive, #308
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919) 419-3303

  • Steve Monks (R)
    information requested
    Durham, NC

  • Mike Nifong (D)
    615 November Drive
    Durham, NC 27712
Notes for this race:
The term of office is 4 years.
Nifong faces opposition from Republican write-in candidate Steve Monks and Democrat Lewis Cheek, who appears on the ballot as unaffiliated. Cheek says he will not accept the office, thereby leaving it open for appointment by the governor.

Of course, the Herald-Sun would take notice of anyone looking to cross swords with their man, Nifong.
DURHAM -- Two men tied to a Brevard firm that markets a controversial alcohol-monitoring device to the state's courts were involved in a recent political dinner called to persuade one of the challengers in Durham's district attorney's race to drop out so another candidate would have a better shot at defeating incumbent Mike Nifong.

The dinner's sponsor, former state attorney general, gubernatorial candidate and N.C. Secretary of State Rufus Edmisten, is a registered lobbyist for Rehabilitation Support Services Inc., the western North Carolina company that's selling the so-called SCRAM ankle bracelet.

Also present for the dinner with DA write-in candidate Steve Monks was Ken Hewett, the Brevard company's eastern North Carolina marketing director and the target earlier this year of complaints from Durham judges unhappy with his sales tactics.

Durham has been one of the leading markets for the SCRAM monitoring bracelets over the past couple of years. But Nifong has joined forces with several of the county's District Court judges and administrators in two key state agencies to try discouraging their use.
Is Steve Monks just staying in the race so he gets some free dinners? Why does a man who is shooting for 5% of the vote need a campaign manager? Does Ms. Woods like a nice dinner too? This is wacko and the Herald-Sun is following the mixed seafood platter.
Monks and his campaign manager, Charlotte Woods, have said the point of last month's Edmisten-sponsored dinner at the 42nd St. Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill in Raleigh was to give a group of Nifong opponents from Durham a chance to lobby Monks. They wanted him to bow out of the DA's race so another candidate, County Commissioner Lewis Cheek, could run one-on-one against the incumbent in the Nov. 7 election. Monks has refused to quit the race.
Investigate a fictitious gang rape allegation that has transfixed the nation and divided Durham? No, sorry not interested. Let's investigate who is eating the surf and turf at a political dinner? The Herald-Sun is all over this story and hard at work on their first Pulitzer.
The former attorney general is said to have other ties to local Nifong opponents, but [Ken] Hewett's presence at the dinner was a mystery that deepened when he told The Herald-Sun that people claiming he attended the dinner "must have the wrong person."

But Woods identified Hewett from a picture one of the paper's photographers shot early this year for an article on the complaints about his sales tactics. Rehabilitation Support Services President Bruce Roberts later conceded that his marketing director had attended the dinner.

Roberts denied, however, that Hewett did so with any political motives.

"Ken was at that dinner because he was hungry," said Roberts,...
Was Ken Hewett hungry or not? Did he leave any food on his plate? Are there any photos of his plate that show an uneaten portion of creamed spinach? The people of Durham need to know these things, dammit! Let's get the priorities straight here.

Maybe a comment from Monks, regarding what he hopes to accomplish in the DA's race, would have given the public a bid more gristle to chew on.

2 tied to device at anti-Nifong dinner [HeraldSun.com, Oct. 17, 2006]
photo via LieStoppers Board

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