Hart just put Dooley on notice that next year may be his last if the football team does not show huge improvement. Good riddance.
Apparently, Times Free Press reporter Chris Carroll just can't stop repeating the same story over and over. I believe that this is the 2nd or 3rd time that this story has either been mentioned or posted in a large article in the Times Free Press. I have detailed knowledge of these lawsuits and will set the record straight on behalf of Congressman Fleischmann.
First, anyone can file a lawsuit. The big question is can he or she prove their case. There are two (2) separate lawsuits. Mark Winslow, the disgruntled, former campaign aide to Robin Smith, sued Chip Saltsman, in approximately January, 2011, claiming defamation of character, slander, etc. It is very important to note that Mr. Winslow DID NOT SUE CHUCK FLEISCHMANN at that time. Why not?
In late June, 2011, Mr. Winslow suddenly filed a second "separate" lawsuit against Congressman Fleischmann making the same allegations that he made against Chip Saltsman. Query? Why didn't Mr. Winslow sue Congressman Fleischmann in January, 2011 when he sued Mr. Saltsman? Was this because Robin Smith just happened to start telling folks that she might run again? I don't know for sure but you can ponder the reasons behind the timing of this second, separate lawsuit yourself.
If you read both of the lawsuits, you might very well come to the same conclusion that I did. Both cases look very much like "sour grapes" from a disgruntled former Robin Smith campaign aide still reeling from losing the race. I am reminded of the old saying, "politics is tough. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen."
Finally, let me address the attorney fees and other defense costs associated with defending Mr. Saltsman and Congressman Fleischmann in these two (2) lawsuits. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) advised Congressman Fleischmann that Mr. Saltsman's defense costs could be paid from his campaign funds much like a company or corporation would defend its own employee. As to Congressman Fleischmann, HIS DFENSE COSTS (ATTORNEY FEES, EXPENSES, ETC.) ARE NOT BEING PAID FROM ANY TAXPAYER FUNDS, CAMPAIGN FUNDS, NOR PRIVATE DONORS.
I wonder if Mr. Carroll will put this information in a front page article of the newspaper? I won't hold my breath waiting to see.