This morning I sent the Vanderburgh County Election Board a complete withdrawal of the complaint I filed against the Hatfield for Commission campaign on Friday, May 11th. It is attached below. I filed this complaint as a voter of Vanderburgh County and not as agent for any organization or campaign.
Yesterday Jeff Hatfield and I met at his office to discuss the complaint along with the public coverage of it. I wish to apologize to Mr. Hatfield for any harm that I caused him personally and publically.
The character attacks that were exchanged between us in the media represent the most base elements of politics. I take full responsibility for the degradation of the dialogue as I was first to level an accusation.
We are so blessed here in Vanderburgh County with good and honorable public servants, inside and outside of politics. Elected officials from both political parties work together, generally, to promote good public policy. As a community, we should foster cooperation and goodwill.
I aspire to these beliefs in my public and personal life. In this instance, I fell short.
Withdrawal Included Below
E-MAIL SENT TO ELECTION BY MR. SCALES TO THE VANDERBURGH COUNTY ELECTION BOARD
Vanderburgh County Election Board,
Last Friday I submitted a complaint against the Hatfield for Commissioner Committee (attached below). The focus of the complaint was based on the timing on his filing and whether it violated portions of IC 3-8-2.
I met with Mr. Hatfield yesterday. We spoke concerning the process and my complaint. I am satisfied now that the filing meets all legal standards and was filed appropriately.
I am formally withdrawing my complaint.