I would like to clarify statements being made by Gary Daugherty today.
When interviewing candidates I give them every opportunity to put out their message. After I chat with them I forward a copy of my write-up. Every candidate is given the opportunity to change whatever they like, remove whatever they like, and add whatever they like.
During my chat with Gary he said his vote on the override was private, I didn’t know if he supported the override or not.
The draft for “Upton Daily meets Gary Daugherty” was sent to him for approval. I quoted him in my interview as written below.
When asked if he supported last year’s override for the school budget Gary said, “I want good schools but I want it to be transparent. I’m always cautious of overrides because the money is set forever.”
After reviewing the post, Gary changed the statement to read like this.
When asked if he supported last year’s override for the school budget Gary said, “I reluctantly supported it because I was a hundred percent sure all the money was going to the schools. I’m always cautious of overrides because that money is set in the tax rate forever.”
He is now writing on facebook.
“An article was written earlier this week in the Upton Daily implying that I was not a strong supporter of the school system in our town”
Gary changed the statement and added the word “reluctantly.” He also had the opportunity to ADD and REMOVE anything he wanted to from the post and he took advantage of that opportunity. He removed an entire paragraph and changed several statements.
I write this not to disparage Gary. I really liked him and given another circumstance he would have had my vote. I don’t like when my integrity is questioned especially when Upton Daily is probably the only place where candidates are given the opportunity to make any change they want to their “meet the candidate” write ups. To be honest my feelings are hurt.