I received an email that could be described as the rantings of an agitated individual.
Initially, I decided I wouldn’t reply because I understand that when someone makes up their mind, they are unlikely to change, even when presented with facts. However, just as I was going to hit delete, I noticed the “FW:”
Something Rick Whitehead needs to understand: I don’t make statements I can’t back up. When I joined this race, I told Richard Whitehead that if I ever had a problem with him, he would hear it directly from me. I don’t waste time with what’s going in his campaign.
Rick Whitehead, you need to read up on how the Internet and computers work. I suggest you start with RFC 5322. Here is the non-technical version: Email messages contain headers that are normally hidden. Among other things, these headers contain information about where an email message originated. In the above photo, the “references” field and the “in-reply-to” field show that there was a parent message. Rickwhitehead.com is the domain name associated with Richard Whitehead & Associates LLC.
Rick, if you’re going to write emails accusing others of dirty tactics and then ask people to forward them, you should instruct them to remove these headers.
Focus on your campaign and be less impetuous, that is not a desirable trait of a good sheriff.
As a side note, I hold no ill will against the sender of this email as many people have been knuckled under by Rick Whitehead’s high-pressure sales tactics. I have partially obscured the sender’s name; it appears they have also been directed to harass other candidates; this might afford them some insight.
Follow up: I replied to the person that sent the email and asked a few questions, the reply to my final question tells me all I need to know:
The hardworking men and women of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s office deserve strong, fair and honest leadership.
In addition to being a person of impeccable character, your Undersheriff will meet the following requirements:
- Long time, sworn law enforcement professional.
- Currently certified, or qualified to obtain Idaho P.O.S.T. certification.
- Well respected in the law enforcement community.
- Superb orator.
- Affable personality.
- Keen sense of humor.
- Has the courage to point out problems wherever they exist, not a yes-man.
- A proficient troubleshooter.
- Lives according the concepts of “Servant Leadership”.
- Has the full support of their spouse.
- Shares my passion for perfection and hard work, as the first year will require long workdays to meet our goals.
Even though I have already identified and spoken with a few solid individuals who meet these requirements, given the importance of the position, it would be unwise to make a commitment this early in the race.
Meet Nicholas Barnett
You may have seen the “Dukes of The Nuke” car around Hayden and wondered what the story behind the owner was. I wondered the same thing so I stopped and spoke with the owner, Nicholas Barnett.
It is never a good idea to pass judgement based on appearance. Here is a young man on the right track. Nick serves our community by working at a church youth camp during the summer. He plans on attending a theological college and hopes to become a minister.
Nick and his friends also enjoy participating in the wasteland festival, an annual post-apocalyptic, mad-max themed event held in the California desert.
North Idahoans don’t make assumptions based on appearance.
Everyone has a story. I’m glad I paused long enough to find out what Nick’s is. The Dukes of the Nuke now sports a Grimm for Sheriff bumper sticker. #keepitidaho