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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paul Gunther Tells Whoppers

First there was commissioner candidate Phil Dumenil admitting that he had not earned a college diploma.  He quickly removed this claim from his campaign website as well as his business website when a document (click here to see that document) was produced refuting his initial assertion that he had a college degree.  I can’t for the life of me comprehend how anyone could suffer uncertainty over such a momentous event.

Next came commissioner candidate Steve Arentz’s rapid succession of falsehoods when asked by a citizen at the League of Women Voters’ to explain the long history of health violations at his restaurant, Hemingway’s. (Click here to read that account.)  Arentz had to have seen the questioner holding his health department documents in her hands as he answered.

These deceptions were soon followed by an advertisement from commissioner candidate Dave Olds which included the most blatant lies imaginable about his opponent, Jack Broderick. (Click here to see that account.)

Not to be outdone, Paul Gunther is concluding his campaign by telling some real whoppers.   First came his declaration a few days ago at the Farm Bureau Candidate's Forum that a Queen Anne’s County farmer could net $15,000 per acre raising strawberries.  This statement was made just a few seconds after Mr. Gunther spoke in a rude and condescending manner toward his opponent stating “you don’t know jack about farming.” I was not the only one in a room full of farmers that knew Paul was stretching the truth beyond an acceptable limit.

Soon Gunther’s second lie followed when I asked if he could introduce me to a couple of the highly successful strawberry farmers.  He adamantly denied he ever said that a farmer could net the $15,000 per acre and angrily replied, “Storm, maybe you should get your f#@%king ears cleaned out so you can hear better.”  Later, without heeding Paul’s advice, I listened to the recording and confirmed what he said. (Click here to listen to those remarks.)

The following day I read Paul’s campaign ad in the newspaper where he said this: “I have been farming my  750+ acres for over 40 years and I can assure you that, I earn my profit the old fashioned way”.  However, a careful study of the land records show an entirely different picture than Mr. Gunther paints.  The main farm Paul frequently refers to is a total of 467.67 acres but it is in half ownership with William J. Milliken and William J. Milliken, Jr. (click here to see record)  Splitting the remaining 233.835 acres (owned by the Gunther General Partnership) four ways with his brothers brings Paul’s share to 58.46 acres.  One forth of 191.58 additional acres owned by the Gunther General Partnership is 47.89 acres, bringing Paul’s land ownership up to 106.35 acres.  Paul also owns his home on 1.01 acres, two homes in Church Hill on .39 acres and a 20.8 acre parcel with his wife on Neighbors road.  This brings Paul’s total acreage to 128.55 acres.  That’s a far cry from 750.

So why couldn’t Paul just be satisfied to say, ”My brothers and I have been farming for a long time and we can assure you that we earn our profits the old fashioned way.”  Having been part owner of a family farm and half owner in a business with my brother, I would never have referred to them as my farm or my business.  There’s nothing wrong with sharing the credit with those who deserve it.

I suspect Paul said what he did for the same reason he chose to denigrate his opponent, Bob Simmons.  It was an attempt to make himself look big.

What Dumenil, Arentz, Olds and Gunther all have in common, is that they are all candidates handpicked and supported by Mareen Waterman and his “Developer Cartel”.  What they also have in common, is a great deal of difficulty telling the truth.  One could even conclude that they will tell a lie when the truth would fit.

Perhaps it’s impossible to find an honest candidate to fulfill the developer’s goals.

Sveinn C. Storm

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like these guys should be selling used cars rather than running for office.

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  2. Quit insulting used car sales people.

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  3. you left out the 5th developer cartel candidate Gannon. He has decided to sell his soul to Waterman as well. I guess we can call it the Waterman 4 + 1 since it happened so late in the game. I wonder how much money it took for Gannon to switch over to the Dark Side. The choice for commissioners is getting much clearer. Stick with Candidates that can't be bought by developers.

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  4. Arentz, Gunther, Dumenil, Olds and Gannon --- Liar, liar pants on fire!!!

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  5. This really is sad. Paul gave his side of the conversation with Storm and said Storm lied about the making 15000 on strawberries. But that's Paul's voice. Paul is to be pitied(but not voted for).

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  6. The lack of discourse from the candidates is deafening. I'd at least want to defend my position if there was a defensable position to take. But maybe the thousands of hits this site gets per month does not resonate with our ambitious representatives. Oh yeah, that's right, they aren't concerned about what WE think of them anyway. I forgot.

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  7. Remember when Paul Gunther said he was supporting FASTC because he thought he could "negotiate" for an overpass at 301/304?

    Doc Jackson had the best answer to that...."Paul, on your best day, you couldn't negotiate with me!"

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  8. Paul used to be the friend of the people and that's why I voted for him last time. Now he's only concerned about the developer crowd. I'm voting for the Simmons fella.

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  9. Wow, Paul was really nasty. I hope everyone listens to the recording. What was his problem? What a stupid claim on growing strawberries.

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  10. One of ".....The People"November 1, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    How can anyone support ANY of the cartel candidates when you actually have PROOF of everything that they have done, are doing, have said or are saying?!!! It truly boggles the mind that they have the unadulterated nerve to belign and lie about those candidates who have PROVEN that they care about the county more than their own interests and pockets!!

    Mr. Storm, please DO NOT EVER stop informing us of what we need to know in order to protect this great county and all who live in it.

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  11. "Thou shalt NOT lie"

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  12. I've always thought Mr. Paul was a nice man. My parents think he is a nice guy and think Storm is full of it. I want them to listen to how he talked to that man. This is my first time voting and I don't think Storm is so bad. My friends have all been looking at this and think he is pretty cool for making all these politicians look bad.

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  13. If you think Paul is bad you should listen to Joe Gannon. Ask him about his job history and you'll hear some whoppers. He never keeps a job more than a few months. He was head of the Democrat Central committee and quit when he didn't get his way. What would he do if that happened and he was a commissioner? He either quits or gets fired.

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  14. Ask Gannon why he isn't driving an oil truck anymore. I guarantee you he won't tell the truth about that one. Were you sleeping on the job Joe?

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  15. I know them both and they are both cut out of the same cloth. I'm reluctant to write this because they both have wonderful wives, but Storm is right on this time. When you hear them talk it's I, I, I, me, me, me. Could never bring myself to vote for them in the past and I won't do it tomorrow.

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  16. Paul used to be a good guy. I don't know what's wrong with him. I think he went off the deep end when he supported the thing in Ruthsburg. Don't know why he did it cause he lived near there. All of his neighbors were against it so he made a lot of folks mad. We all figured there had to be something in it for him and maybe there was. I guess he likes old man Waterman more than us. I don't think he can win now.

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  17. In most areas around the country, they hate the outsiders because they come in and want to change everything. In QAC, it's the outsiders, the new folks who see that QAC is unique and hope to keep it that way. It's the people that have lived here, like Gunther, Sylvester, Leverton, and others that want to pave it over for their own selfish interests.

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  18. Joe Gannon is really busy telling everyone that he didn't really sell out to the developers. He said they offered him their support and he figured it would be the only way he could beat Dunmyer. He says he's just using them for free advertising. Now that's the kind of morals we need. Give us a break Joe anyway you slice it it's still a sellout.

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  19. Really serious business. Got this off our message machine and these guys are really bad news. We moved here three years ago and I would never have thought local politics would have the same dirty politicians we have on the national level. Thanks for the robo call. Read the whole thing. I'm sure glad that Mansfield guy lost. Unbelievable! "Politicians" was my favorite. It was well written and it said it all.

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  20. I wonder how Robert and Allen feel when they hear Paul take credit for everything? Think he treated his bothers like this when they were growing up?

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  21. I just listened to the audio of Gunther telling us we can net $15,000.00 an acre growing strawberries. I think I'm going to look into buying a small farm. 100 acre farm looks pretty good. What is that, 1.5 million? In 15 years I could buy the Ashley Farm.

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  22. How many jobs has Gannon had in the last 10 years? This could be interesting. Battle of the job hoppers. Who would win? Gannon or Mansfield?

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  23. hey JB, while you were listening to the audio did you hear how rude he was to Bob Simmons? That from the mouth that spoke a few minutes earlier about civil discourse. What hypocrisy. Oh, that's right, the rules only apply when you want them to.

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  24. How was Gunther allowed to speak at the tea party and the AFP rally against government waste? He supported Ruthsburg pork wholeheartedly and our county deficit is a nightmare. As a commissioner when did he ever say no to spending. Shouldn't he have been saving during the good years? He treats us taxpayers like his ATM machine. Goodbye Paul.

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