Like many of the people law enforcement deal with on an almost daily basis, Sheriff Patterson (and/or his campaign consultants from out of the county) are turning to the blame game rather taking responsibility for his alleged criminal acts and/or payoffs.
Liberty Dispatch is encouraged to hear that Patterson’s people didn’t include Bobby Rader in its latest round of defending the incumbent Sheriff. After revelations by The Cleveland Advocate that Patterson and District Attorney Mike Little gave a pass to early evidence that former County Judge Phil Fitzgerald was misallocating FEMA assets, these people lashed out at Rader and blamed quite a few others that had nothing to do with Patterson screwing up. Patterson’s criminal campaign guru, Eddie Shauberger a/k/a “Chatterbox”, told Liberty Dispatch any of us supporting Rader for Sheriff would regret it because his associates (a/k/a The Outsiders) were going to “cover Rader in mud”.
We are under no illusion that these people will not start slinging their mud in the last thirty days of this campaign, but at least they had a moment of clarity and realized blaming Rader for Patterson giving Fitzgerald a pass lacked credibility. Shauberger has bragged that the Patterson campaign has all of the money it needs to paint their opponent in such a poor light few will vote for him. So even though we all dodged it this time, we expect flyers and mailers and phone banks to be unleashed by Patterson’s people soon. He has a well known reputation for active politicking and drowning us all in erroneous press releases while being a very inactive leader within his own department.
Once again however, Patterson expressed no apology to taxpayers who expect him to pursue justice according to the rule of law rather than sit quietly when someone rich and powerful and well connected appears to have committed a felony. Maybe it was because he himself had committed multiple felonies? A simple “Looking back, I wish I would have insisted that the District Attorney and I would have handled this differently,” would be a good start, but that would be an admission. But almost anything we suggest would have been better than what he said. After all, saying there was no evidence is ridiculous in light of the current federal investigation. And saying the people under you could have pursued charges against the County Judge even when the D.A. and the Sheriff discouraged it is not believable even to people who have been loyal Patterson supporters in the past.
But true to the strategy of Patterson’s campaign spinmeister, indicted “serial grand perjurer” Eddie Shauberger, his campaign is projecting their usual motivations on Ray Akins in an effort to shut Liberty Dispatch up or discredit us. None of us at Liberty Dispatch or any of our legal counsel can even make up a story of how Mr. Akins supporting Rader helps Mr. Akins in any form or fashion. But consistent with the way his criminal mind works, Shauberger is on record insisting helping Sheriff Patterson will help him. Even though Rader has no power to effect what Shauberger and his associates did in his private business and Rader is honest as the day is long, Shauberger has said he will do anything to get Patterson elected. On the other hand, Mr. Akins’s rightfully says his decision on who he supports for Sheriff is based on competence and his motivations can easily be seen all through the last twenty years of his life – he has worked consistently and with great sacrifice for over two decades as a Republican activist to elect the best conservative candidates who will be public servants while in office.
Along with promising to further demonize Liberty Dispatch and Ray Akins, Shauberger and company vowed over a year ago to “do whatever it takes to get Vanessa Brashier fired from The Advocate”. "We are going to get that bitch," Shauberger has said repeatedly.
Patterson’s own efforts (via a letter to the editor he wrote to The Advocate) to try and dismiss the importance of the revelation of evidence that shows he had an opportunity to stop Fitzgerald’s “FEMA activity” soon after Hurricane Ike, is damning. Maybe rather than focus on what Ms. Brashier and her staff write in The Advocate, Patterson himself should not send in a letter to the editor that proves what the paper contends without the paper's rebuttal or further commentary. His letter should have expressed regret to the citizens of this county that he didn't handle things differently, instead we all get to read his tortured account and wonder if he thinks everyone in the county is stupid.
In addition to Patterson’s “damage control” efforts, Liberty Dispatch has learned, true to their threats, Shauberger and Patterson’s strong arm political hit team have sent letter(s) trying to get the owners of The Advocate to fire Brashier. Apparently, they want to shut up the media (and the feds), so their own feeble attempts and political (black) mail aimed at Patterson’s opponent can be invented and unchallenged by anyone with the ability to present the truth to the voters.
Henry Patterson is still trying to leave the lack of charges and an early investigation of Phil Fitzgerald on the plate of Mike Little, Wes Hinch and some of the best law enforcement people we have in Liberty County. Did Henry Patterson make a deal with Fitzgerald to hide Fitzgerald’s crimes and his own alleged illegal and criminal acts related to witness and evidence tampering, official misconduct- elected official, hindering an investigation, making false police reports and obstruction of justice (and alleged payoffs)? Clearly, there is no evidence that Patterson's promise to come in and clean up the good ole boy system in this county has been fulfilled. But there are many questions about his own involvement in the same type of good ole boy trade-offs.
Lastly readers should be reminded that Henry Patterson sold out his friend Harry Kelly and forced him to take a rap that Henry Patterson should have been rightfully indicted for and now he wants Mike Little to take the rap just like he did with poor Harry Kelly. We all know how Henry Patterson turned to the “cult criminal element” called “The Outsiders”. Along with “The Outsiders”- Eddie Shauberger who is Henry Patterson’s criminal campaign adviser is learning crimes from Henry Patterson almost as fast as Patterson is learning criminal perjury from Eddie Shauberger, long recognized a conman and crook in Liberty County for the past two decades.
Henry Patterson has been a total embarrassment to Liberty County. No wonder he is rarely seen by most people. When he is gone, Liberty County and the Republican Party can breathe a big sigh of relief- in a new and joyous dawning…