This photo was taken in Washington in March of this year. It appeared in the NaCo County News, April 6, 2009 issue.
We have to ask who paid for Austino, Rainear, Whelan, Thompson and Pepitone to assist in Lou’s campaign for NACo on this expedition? Do you see the banner behind them? This was clearly a campaigning activity, and not county business.
It must be nice to have the county coffers and the Cumberland County Democrat Organization campaign war chest at your disposal for personal campaigning.
The taxpayers are STILL waiting for an accounting of LAST YEARS NACo campaign, How much of the expenses for those trips has Lou reimbursed the county for? Does he even intend to ever reimburse the county for this misappropriation of funds?
Partial repayments are not acceptable. Lou was elected to represent the county’s best interests, not go gallivanting across the country on personal campaigns, at taxpayer expense.
Of course we never expected the sheriff to be honest. Any man that can call a press conference and blatantly lie and misrepresent court documents that he is holding cannot be trusted at even a menial job. However, we did expect much more out of Whelan. Is there even one ounce of integrity in this group?