RPK hit with cease and desist letter after targeting Rep. Short; refuses to drop attacks

10/25/2016 03:36 PM

A lawyer representing Democratic Rep. John Short issued a cease and desist letter to the Republican Party of Kentucky for an attack website reported on by Pure Politics last week, and now the RPK is telling Short to bring a suit, if he dares.

The RPK is asked to remove or amend the website in a letter sent by Anna Whites on Monday, because the site is “false, misleading and defamatory.”

Pure Politics spoke to Short last week about the website which focused on the lawmaker being named in sworn testimony from an admitted planner and perpetrator of voter fraud in Magoffin County, who said Short asked for his help in his 2012 race.

The cease and desist letter which is directed to Republican Party of Kentucky Spokesman Tres Watson, says Watson misrepresented “law and fact” in his statements to the media.

The full letter also seeks to rectify Short’s positions on the Affordable Care Act. Download the full letter here: Rep Short Cease and Desist.pdf

“John Short has repeatedly punted when pressed by reporters for a direct answer to the question of whether or not he engaged in vote-buying,” said Watson. “He even told one reporter he might talk about it, but not until after Election Day. Now he’s leaning on his trial-lawyer buddies to hide these accusations and his liberal record of supporting Obama’s agenda from the voters.”

In a statement sent to the media on Tuesday, Watson fired back against the letter and defended the RPK’s website.

“The fact is a co-conspirator who has been convicted of vote-buying gave sworn testimony that John Short (and other individuals also convicted in the 2014 case) arranged for him to buy votes in support of Short in 2012,” Watson said in a statement. “We have said nothing that is not backed by facts in evidence. We will continue to inform the voters of his actions and we will not bow to John Short’s desperate attempts to silence us and save his own political career.”

Watson said that if Short wishes to “follow through with his foolish threat of a lawsuit,” that they ask the Mallie lawmaker to do so “in time for us to schedule a deposition before Election Day so we may ask him, under oath, if he is guilty of vote buying.”

“The voters deserve a State Representative that won’t dodge a question about vote-buying crimes,” Watson continued.

Short faces former Kentucky State Trooper John Blanton in the Nov. 8 election.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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