After the New Times article Wednesday I prepared a response. I also contacted the chairman by leaving a phone message. Everyone who knows me knows the article was a political hack job. I did not initially release my response because in my honest nature I actually thought the committee would coordinate responses with me, backing their candidate who they have known for years. Mark contacted me Thursday evening saying I had to meet the executive committee Saturday morning at 910, Mark did not ask my side of the story.
Throughout Friday morning I received phone calls saying the Executive Board was going to pull my endorsement. Friday afternoon my response to the New Times article was sent to the Post Standard, put up on my campaign web site, and campaign Facebook. Not one single person from the executive board asked my side of the story prior to Saturday morning.
The Executive Board has opposed my efforts in this race since the start. I have a record of every person that called or met with me telling me to not run for County Executive.
The Saturday morning meeting was at the Iron Workers. 14 out of 17 Executive Board members were in attendance along with 7 non executive board members. Dave Stott requested to sit in and was told he could not. Mark started the meeting which felt more like an inquisition by telling me ” you have ten minutes to talk”. The meeting was more of a venting for the Executive Board, I took the heat and lumps, often I would try and answer and get cut off. Scott Butler in my opinion seriously over stepped the boundaries.
The meeting ended at 950, a possible DA candidate was pushed away by 1130, Mark called me at 1136, the Committee email went out at almost the same time. (The statement, in my opinion, was prepared prior to the meeting.) I have the names of all the people present and the essence of their comments, which I will share if requested.
So where are we today? I think it is important to the people of Onondaga County especially the County employees that I move FORWARD in this race.
I’m asking for help getting petitions and am told signatures that have already been obtained are legal documents that can not be destroyed. I will pick up or arrange to have petitions picked up. My cell 427-6961, my address 3798 Oak Hill Rd, Marietta NY 13110.
A number of committee members have contacted me in disgust. I ask all members to stay the course in the hopes of healing the wounds in the future. You are welcome to share this communication with anyone you chose. People are welcome to call me.
Several people have said to me “you’re too honest for politics”. My response- “That’s a good problem to have.” The Executive Committee could have easily said we have known Toby for years, he is not a racist or racial profiler – which is the truth.
Thomas Newton, Campaign Manager Toby Shelley for County Executive, (315) 569-2589 Mobile
Friends of Toby Shelley, 6712 Pottery Rd, Warners NY 13164