Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fincher To Republicans: 'Put Up Or Shut Up'

Rejecting the State Republican party's request that he resign from the state Registry of Election Finance, Cookeville attorney Henry D. Fincher instead challenged the state GOP to "put up or shut up" and present their claim to the state ethics commission or issue a retraction. A month ago, the House Democratic Caucus appointed Fincher as its representative to the state Registry of Election Finance, the state body that enforces campaign finance laws. Yesterday, the Tennessee Republican Party issued a press release alleging a conflict of interest because Fincher has a campaign account from his years as a legislator. The account shows an outstanding loan to Fincher where he put his own money in his 2006 election campaign.

"There is no conflict. The Republicans are doing anything they can to keep me from looking into their campaign finance records," said Fincher.

Fincher noted that no complaint has ever been filed against him or his campaign account, and he has never had any matter before the Registry's board.

"The Republicans know there's no violation here. They could have filed a complaint with the state ethics commission where I can respond to it and defeat it - but they didn't. They are just posturing, and should issue a retraction," said Fincher.