For the Record
Before I comment any further, read the email below.
From: John Prince [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 3:07 PM
To: Lisa Sygutek (email@example.com)
Subject: Pass Herald Q&A
I’m assuming you are an honest and reputable newspaper that would not stoop to sharing my answers with anyone, especially other mayoral candidates (through printed page, electronically or otherwise), until after the Herald is published on Tuesday. Failure to comply will result in my having to have you shot, once I assume the mayor’s chair. :-) Regardless what your ‘poll’ is forecasting. :-(
John Prince For Mayor
Crowsnest Pass, AB T0K 0C0
Phone: (403) 564-4518 Cell: (403) 563-0637
Fax: (403) 564-4509
As one can plainly see the above was a good-natured gibe email I sent to Lisa Sygutek during the last municipal election.
From: Pass Herald [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: October-06-10 3:23 PM
To: John Prince
Subject: Re: Pass Herald Q&A
Of course we will not share you answers. We have received John Salus’ and Bruce Decouxs’ answers earlier in the day. In fact we are not even proof reading the responses. As we receive them, we will put them in, typos included.
And as you can also plainly see by way of her response she took it as such…. until a plot was conceived and hatched.
A couple of days later after the above email exchange Lisa took the opportunity (now conveniently interpreting my email to her differently), to file a complaint with the RCMP stating she felt threatened by me as a result of this email and I was summarily called down to their office and grilled by her toadies (who apparently have a track record of being at her beck and call), who obviously had nothing better to do that day than go along with Lisa’s spur of the moment plan of harassment and intimidation (and eventual smear) against a political foe, using her position in the media to do so.
I later found out word was spread around town through email and social media of what she had done here, disparaging me in the process…. in the midst of an election campaign.
Now, with a new election upon us, last Thursday I sent the following email to Lisa.
From: John Prince
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:46 AM
To: Pass Herald
Subject: Press Release
Good Morning Lis,
If I send you a press release later today for your next edition on Sept. 17th can you assure me it will receive a favourable placement in your paper, as what Blair Painter received?
Crowsnest Pass, AB T0K 0C0
Phone: (403) 564-4518 | Fax: (403) 564-4509
In so many words, I was basically told that since I wasn’t a “lucky spermer” (like her boy Blair and her), she couldn’t accommodate me. She being the publisher of our only newspaper in town, and now also our Returning Officer for the upcoming election.
Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.
I’m telling people this because I want your reaction and opinion on whether or not, with just over a week to go before Nomination Day, you think I should run. Or do you feel as I do that democracy is dead in the Crowsnest Pass? Considering how the deck seems to be stacked against me…. again…. by those who believe in winning at all costs.
UPDATED: 12:41 p.m.
In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.