County Judge candidate Jeff Barton today issued a combative invitation to the detractors behind a barrage of anonymously critical e-mails to meet him at “high noon” on Monday to debate, saying “cowards shouldn’t get away with lying about people, their family and their character.”
“I’m challenging these Bert Cobb supporters who have been engaging in cheap Internet fraud and hooliganism to take off their electronic masks and expose their identities to the light of day and to the citizens of the county. When I’ve got something to say, I stand up on the front porch and say it where everyone can see my face. I use my name. I’m happy to have my facts checked. If these people have nothing to hide, then let’s meet for a debate,” the county commissioner said.
Last month, Hays County Democratic Party chair Katie Bell Moore asked the district attorney to investigate an e-mail distributed under the name “Hays County Democrats.” Most recently, e-mail has been sent under the name “Hays County Citizen,” many of them echoing Cobb’s criticism of Barton.
“Some spammers sell fake prescription medicine and fake Rolexes. Some sell fake information about candidates. If they had guts — or true facts — they’d have signed their names in the first place. But I’m giving them one last chance to show a shred of honor. Take off the mask. Be a human being. Make your case in the light and in public.”
Barton said he would be waiting at noon on Monday, Oct. 25 in downtown Kyle at the the corner of Burleson and Center streets.
UPDATED OCT. 22: Cobb’s campaign released the following statement in response to Barton:
“I share Mr. Barton’s frustration with these anonymous e-mails and wish they would stop. To be perfectly clear, when I criticize Mr. Barton’s tax increases and selfish pay hike, I do so openly and with the facts. However, if Mr. Barton wants to face-off with his detractors, I suggest a much larger venue than a street corner. A parade permit is probably in order.”Email | Print