EDITORIAL – Last Sunday afternoon, October 12, at approximately 4:47pm, an email blast went out from “True Dearborn” to an unknown number of Dearborn area residents. The email started with a question: Is Dearborn benefiting from Mayor O’Reilly’s “one party rule”?
I did not receive the original email until Monday morning, when Gary Woronchak forwarded a copy to me, after I requested him to forward it to me. “True Dearborn” used a Gmail account that was quickly deleted after the email campaign was distributed.
The email message continued:
“As City residents struggle to recover from the flood, and continue to suffocate from a business and regulatory climate that has stifled growth, led to unnecessary litigation and left residents footing the bill for millions of dollars of tax payer waste, Jack O’Reilly is hard at work attempting to unseat incumbent 19th District Court Judge Mark Somers and to take over the school board. If left unchecked, O’Reilly will check off the box next to last piece of territory on his map of political conquest. The question is – who, if anyone, will benefit from the consolidation of power from all three branches of City Government into the hands of one politician?”
Who is True Dearborn? Is there something deceptive about “True Dearborn”? Is True Dearborn one person or a group of people? Why not disclose your real name(s), if you really are True Dearborn? John Hancock would have signed his name as large as possible. What is True Dearborn trying to hide?
As Wayne County Commissioner (and former Dearborn Press & Guide editor) Gary Woronchak stated so well:
“Without getting into the content of the email or commenting on the judicial race itself, I wish the sender would stand by their comments with their name. It says it is paid for by True Dearborn Committee, which probably isn’t an actual organization. The source is important in matters like this because, against all good reason, 75 percent of people believe whatever they read in their email (although 63 percent of people who quote percentages in their posts make them up).”
We won’t quote the whole email from “True Dearborn” here, however, the message continues:
O’Reilly endorsed Judge Somers in the past, but now claims “Dearborn cannot afford to keep Mark Somers as District Judge”. He bases this claim on the fact that Judge Somers was sued by a former court employee and has been ordered to personally pay the judgment (case is still up on appeal).
By O’Reilly’s standards, we certainly cannot afford to have him be Mayor, nor can we afford to have Debra Waling be City Attorney.
The genius tag-team of Walling and O’Reilly have wasted millions of the residents’ precious tax dollars throughout the years, with reckless disregard for the consequences.
The message contained a fiery concoction of facts, claims, rumors, innuendo, allegations, along with more facts and opinions sprinkled in to spice up the message. The email continues on for several more pages, and concludes with:
Let’s tell the O’Reilly “Team” and his judicial candidate that they may have sold our City Hall, but they cannot buy the Courthouse! – Paid For by True Dearborn Committee, and not authorized by any candidate.
We tried to figure out who “True Dearborn” is, but our investigation turned up empty. So, we ask our readers: Who is “True Dearborn”? Please tell the truth “True Dearborn”. Who are you?