Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Knight and Day

Yesterday Liberty Dispatch was disappointed to read Jay Knight started his bid for 2014’s county judge race by cozying up to one of the two most infamous critics of Republicans in this county. We, however, are NOT disappointed in Mr. Knight exercising his right to run again on the Republican ticket. This article seeks to determine whether Mr. Knight has no beef with the way Craig McNair is doing the job as Knight has said, or whether he is open about an entirely different agenda than the incumbent.

Rather than focus on Jay Knight choosing “a conversation” with the most liberal, anti-Republican blogger in Liberty County history to try and ascertain what his candidacy adds to the voters’ choices in the 2014 county judge race, Liberty Dispatch has chosen one paragraph from what appears to be a press release rather than a conversation in reality.

Here is the sentence/evidence we will focus on today from Knight’s press release: “This lingering revenue problem didn’t occur overnight and it’s not going away overnight. You will never hear me say that I inherited this problem. What you will hear me say is: Let’s work together to fix it.”

The first thing someone reading this sentence who is trying to decide whether they should stick with incumbent County Judge Craig McNair or not, is that Knight correctly points out that the problems with the budget were there before Judge McNair was elected. That is a nice thing to admit and should make the reader want to continue reading to see why Knight is running. But the next sentence reminds us all of what we do not like about politicians. After admitting his opponent was not responsible for the problem, Knight writes that he would “never” say he “inherited the problem”. Of course what he said he would NEVER do is exactly what he did in the sentence just before his declaration. This is not clever and we may all be country folks around here but we are far from illiterate. Knight is now on record saying the problem was there before … or that the problem was inherited.

Nevertheless, after getting past a lapse in common sense and a weak effort at political spin, we are still hunting for what a Knight candidacy offers that should make conservatives vote for someone other than the first Republican county judge in a century that they just elected.  The next sentence seems to be the key to what Knight’s press release identifies as the problem with Judge McNair and what Knight would do different. Knight is saying he will “work together” or in a different place in the press release he uses the word “teamwork”.

These are the kinds of words that polled well when President Obama ran for President. The President’s experience was “community organizing” and he indicated he was an expert in bringing people together to solve problems. He said he was a uniter not a divider. He said he would do a better job of “working together” or “teamwork”.

There are some politicians who wish they were the county judge and that Craig McNair would spend a great deal of time consulting with them and what they mean by whispering he does not work with anyone is: “I want a bigger budget and he refuses to spend more money in my department.” To these people, I would sincerely hope that though they may be Knight’s key supporters, he would deny their request if he was elected.

As for working as a team, the commissioners and the county judge have talked about everything from sharing equipment to sharing ideas. Like these commissioners and this county judge or not, they are working more like a team than any group we have seen in twenty-five tears of observing.


Note: With no money to spend and already good relations between leaders, Liberty Dispatch will continue to search Knight’s press release in search of why he is running.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight, Jay Knight wants me to support him as a Republican and he goes over to the democrat car wreck blog to announce and talk about his campaign? While the car wreck blogger beats up on our current County Judge?

That really stinks to high heaven. Jay knight is supported by the Liberty County democrats... HA Do the Liberty County democrats really think us Republican voters are stupid?

More RINO democrats trying to pull a fast one on the Liberty County voters.

No thanks democrats, you can keep your carpet bagger spy.

Anonymous said...

Ive heard Jay Knight really fancies himself as a ladies man although he has been married for years. Maybe some local women who have been victimized by him should come forward.

Anonymous said...

I smell a RAT trying to slip back into the Liberty County Courthouse. This nut is insane if he thinks I would ever vote for him. The reason he wants in is to get in on the Phil deals and throw his weight around the county.

Anonymous said...

You're right, if Jay Knight slips into the courthouse he will be worst than Phil Fitzpack.

Anonymous said...

My take on the situation is that Craig McNair is not in the courthouse to form the good ole boy network, he is there to help make Liberty County financially solvent.

I met Jay Knight and he reminds me of a used car salesman, high sleaze factor.

Im offended he is a covert democrat trying to get elected in my party.

Anonymous said...

I live in Dayton and was pretty much ok with Jay Knight on the city council except for his constant spending sprees. BUT... This guy don't even rate in the same ballpark as Craig McNair. Its obvious whats going on in Jay Knight becoming a candidate for county judge. He has been put up to run against Craig McNair by the people who are pissed off at Craig McNair for not giving them the money they want.

Sorry scum ...

Anonymous said...

I appreciate Jay Knght's participation on the economic development team but that group is responsible for allocating or spending taxpayer money, not exactly a window into Jay's soul as far as weather he could get the county back into good financial shape.

Anonymous said...

Lester Ray Wisegerber, the infamous prior Liberty County chairman who was soundly defeated and humiliated in his incumbent bid. The same Wisegerber who said "Who cares about whether you have a D or an R next to your name?" That is who introduced and endorsed Jay Knight into the Liberty County Republican Party. Just saying...

Anonymous said...

Jay Knight: talented fiddler, pretty good landscaper, bleeds purple and white. Craig McNair: good pilot, excellent parent. Next County Judge: Anyone but Phil or Tookie or Todd or Melvin.

Anonymous said...

The band Southern breeze is effectively a "small business" and so is Knight landscaping. So whover sayd Craig McNair is the only one that is a businessman is a liar.

Anonymous said...

The liberal blog that practically endorsed Knight also pushes for more money being spent on things like sidewalks and raising taxes to pay for it.

Anonymous said...

I would vote for Jay Knight's wife in a heartbeat, but I would not vote for him period.

Anonymous said...

I sent you an email about Knight and his peanut. Please get back to me.

Anonymous said...

Go watch and listen to Jay Knight's honky tonk band and tell me which one of the band members you want to put in charge of teh county's economy. Seriously!

Anonymous said...

Allen Youngblood for President and Jay Knight for Vice.

Anonymous said...

Allen Youngblood and lester Wisegerber are Jay Knight's campaign managers.

Anonymous said...

“This lingering revenue problem . . .” Mr. Knight has been watching too much PMSNBC and CNN - the Clinton News Network. It’s not a revenue problem Mr. Knight, it’s a SPENDING PROBLEM!

All across the country, at every level of government – cities, MUD districts, counties, hospital districts, states, fire districts, federal government, sales tax, property tax, income tax, excise tax, ad valorem tax – it doesn’t matter, we hear the same thing. “If we don’t raise taxes, we’ll have to close schools, layoff teachers. Vote the tax for the chilllllllllldren!” Or, “We’ll have to lay off PO-lease and farrmen!” Or, “We’ll have to let all those convicts loose out of the prison!” We all contribute plenty of tax money. The problem is our politician’s priorities are out of whack, and we the people have let the inmates take control of the asylum.

IMHO, we should first fund – 100% - police / firemen / schools / roads, bridges, transportation / military. I think most rational intelligent folks would agree on those items. We might have a discussion on adding another one or two, or what those levels should be, but those are the basic things we have traditionally demanded government to provide. THEN let the politicians fight it out in public for what money is left. Let them come to you with, “We need a tax increase to fund study the love life of the three-legged, one-eyed newt frog”, or “We need a tax increase to dig up sand in one place and put it back on the beach where the hurricane blew it away.”

Tighten up the priorities, cut out the foolishness and the stupid, punish the corruption, find and eliminate waste, and there would be plenty of money for the really important things government is supposed to do.

Anonymous said...

Southern Breeze looks like Duck Dynasty. Sings like Jed Clampett. And politics like Anthony Weiner.

Anonymous said...

LMAO

Anonymous said...

If I was a Liberty County liberal democrat yellow dog I would be pissed as heck at a strong conservative Republican like Judge Craig McNair. Check it out!

Re: The Mean Queen said...

Let me take your comment one step further... If I was Jay Knight and I wanted to join forces with someone who hates a strong Republican like Judge Craig McNair, I would call up Allen Youngblood.

Jay Knight effectively sold his soul to the devil and Youngblood is going to end up cutting his throat too before its all over with.

You will get what you deserve alright Mr. Knight, you are a tool and the Dems are going to use you as such. You appear about as sharp as a bowling ball for what you have done. As far as Im concerned you and the mean queen are peas in a pod.

Anonymous said...

I have known the Knights personally for many years and believe the same thing.

Anonymous said...

I believe if Allen Youngblood wants to use and beat up on Republicans because he is a Democrat Liberal activist blogger, then he has that right.

Anonymous said...

Yawn...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Heaven. However, I'm afraid you're going to have to wait for the hereafter to get there. I bet it's not as messy as a democracy.

Anonymous said...

Hah! In Liberty, we tear up sidewalks.

Anonymous said...

He's another TIM ALLISON democrap-turned-Republican.

Anonymous said...

We like our politicians on the dumb to dumber side but I don't think anyone will ever be better than the Tookie-monster.

Anonymous said...

I heard Jay is in kahoots with Barry Graves. Some of Graves people are saying Barry is not really going to run for commissioner. Why should the Republicans put up with this kind of trickery? Graves IS running so why is he letting this rumor out there?