Sparta Councilwoman attempts to politicize the police
All across America, people are concerned about what some call the "militarization" of our police departments. There is a lot of discussion going on aimed at reassessing the interaction between police and citizens from various groups -- ethnic, racial, and political.
Into this already heated atmosphere steps Sparta Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith.
Whilesmith is a lobbyist for Concord Energy/ Concord Engineering, an energy firm that just landed a fat contract from Sussex County. She is also the chairman of the Marie Bilik for Assembly campaign.
Bilik was recruited to run against Assemblyman Parker Space and Freeholder Gail Phoebus by another Concord lobbyist. This was done in retaliation for Space and Phoebus' call for an investigation of a solar energy deal gone bad that cost Sussex taxpayers millions and had to require a $7 million bailout. The deal is currently being investigated by federal and state law enforcement authorities.
Without revealing her connection to the Bilik campaign, Concord Energy, the solar deal, or the federal/state investigation, Whilesmith contacted every police chief in Legislative District 24 today and asked them to politicize their departments in the effort to retaliate against Freeholder Gail Phoebus.
It was Freeholder Phoebus who opposed the solar bailout. It was Freeholder Phoebus who led calls for an investigation. It was Freeholder Phoebus who wrote to the United States Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities & Exchange Commission, and the State Attorney General's Office.
Let's hope that Councilwoman Whilesmith's unethical attempt to politicize police departments in Sussex, Warren, and Morris Counties is thoroughly rebuked. The police shouldn't become partisan political agents in an attempt at retaliation -- particularly when there is an ongoing criminal investigation.
Whilesmith's unethical request of police chiefs is printed below:
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:20
Subject: Sparta Councilwoman needs you to be Aware...
I ask that you share the following information with your department.
Though you may not know me, I consider public safety my number one obligation to the residents of Sparta, just ask any one of Sparta’s fine officers.
We have an important Primary coming up on June 2nd. I recently attended the Assembly debate in Blairstown and it is imperative that all public safety officers understand what transpired. You do not have to take my word, I will share a video with you so that you can see and hear for yourself.
I am going to the trouble to send this to every police chief in the 24th Legislative District because this Primary is important. People need to understand what is at stake.