Below is an email from Undersheriff Andy Zinke sent from his place of work…even though he talks about his “candidacy” and “my run for office.”
I believe campaigning on the taxpayers’ dime is against the law.
(Sentences in some paragraphs have separated into additional paragraphs to make the email easier to read. Nothing has been removed.)
From: Andrew Zinke <AJZinke@co.mchenry.il.us>
To: [McHenry County Board Members]
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 3:40 PM
Recently, I was victimized by a local blogger who posted a picture of me that he created a false story around.
[See original story on Sunday, July 7: “Politicians Appear at Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade.”
[See follow-up story on Monday, July 8: “McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke’s Giving the Finger in Crystal Lake Parade Brings Comments.”
[The five photos I took of Zinke are posted within his email.]
Many of you have had pictures of yourselves taken out of context, or in a negative position, posted on a blog.
After being targeted and victimized, I can now say I understand why so many people loath him.
Other than to acknowledge that I was apparently holding the roof of a vehicle with my middle finger instead of all my fingers, there isn’t much more to say.
I received cheers and applause throughout the parade from hundreds of people on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office and I was honored to be a part of such a rich tradition. I have received several calls that you are now receiving pictures at your home or place of business.
Since announcing my candidacy [emphasis added], I have been accused by local bloggers of working with a drug cartel, corruption, and now, publicly driving down the Crystal Lake Parade giving everyone “the finger.”
The personal attacks by my opponent and his supporters on my family, my friends, my wife, my children, my in-laws, co-workers, and county board members is despicable and have no place in a legitimate race.
This type of disingenuous behavior is troubling in so many ways. It is mean spirited and takes away from the real issues facing McHenry County. Please know I remain steadfast in my commitments to both the Sheriff’s Office and McHenry County as a whole.
During my 25 year career of chasing and apprehending criminals nothing has ever been so dangerous as my run for office. [emphasis added] I have not publicly commented or lowered myself to the depths in which my opponent and his supporters operate.
I will remain open, honest and ethical; of that you can be assured.
I know many of you have been victimized by similar lies and accusations and I respect your professionalism and guidance throughout the political process.
I would like to thank you for your words of encouragement and support.
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I only cited two places where Zinke was obviously campaigning. On his blog, Zane Seipler found a lot more.
Take a look.