“Paintsil completes Deputy Voter Registrar Training” is one story among at least three political stories in this weeks edition of what use to be the most read newspaper in Liberty County that clearly advocate for a candidate and/or a political party. This story on Connie Paintsil and the story (or non story should I say) on the Liberty County Democratic Convention are exclusives and that could imply to readers that The Vindicator has “special relationship” to those involved in these stories.
This “new story” informs its readers that “Connie Paintsil was the first one to complete the Deputy Voter Registrar Training in her office.” There is absolutely nothing new or unique about this training, but it is interesting that it is being reported that Paintsil has completed it. Connie Paintsil is the person Commissioner Todd Fontenot has made sure is on the county payroll so he can make sure she will get out the vote for Democrats. She has an office on the ground floor where she spends a significant amount of time on her “church work” which includes organizing the get out the vote for Democrat candidates and preparing for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. And lastly so she could get paid by Liberty County to help the Democrat party with our tax dollars.
Paintsil’s past employment as a dispatcher for the sheriff’s department and as a clerk who people paid their city bill, all had negative rumors swirling around it at the time. Her relationship to John and Nancy Archer and to a scheme that tries to influence voters as they ride in a van to the polls has also been a subject of much concern in some Republican circles.
Quotes like this one in The Vindicator where Paintsil says, “If I go out into the community and tell people how important it is to vote, they can hand their voter registrar card directly to me. I am deputized as a voter registrar,” are also disturbing.
Paintsil’s claims to be “educating the voters”, but taxpayers should be concerned she is educating them at our expense. Her message is, and always has been clear, vote for all of the Democrats. She has a first amendment right to preach that message, but should Republicans and Independents have to pay for it? Fontenot may try to justify Paintsil’s job, but if you pull people over that work in the courthouse and ask them what she does... you will easily find another place to cut the budget. It is not likely however that Paintsil’s job will be eliminated until Fontenot is defeated. Until then Obama and Fontenot may have a boiler room operation in our courthouse!