With the Special Investigator shutting down an inconclusive inquiry into charges of sexual misconduct involving lawmakers, I reached out to Al Gerhart(AG), a long-time Tea Party leader and citizen journalist (that's what us bloggers like to call ourselves), who played a key role in reporting the claims and the process.
Gerhart wasn't all that comfortable with the tables turned and him being the subject. But I promised him that I'd let him see and refute my final draft. I did. He did. And here's the narrative, as he responded to my questions.
SP: Good evening, Al. I just read an account of an investigatory project you've spent a lot of effort on. Do you agree with the content of Tres Savage's narrative?
AG: Hi David, no, I do not agree with Savage's narrative. The fact that McDugle and Kannaday dominated the story calling me a liar and Savage not printing most of our interview is proof of that.
SP: I recall that you were very enthusiastic about Rep. McDugle throughout most of his first regular session. Was it really his early bill on raising the statute of limitation to 40 years that... and I quote, " He was really pissed off when I raised the statute"..?
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The legislature is not currently involved in this investigation, nor is the floor schedule impacted. In the Kirby scandal, a special committee was impaneled to account for how money was secretly paid out and keep a scandal from becoming public.