Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bernick still can't seem to get the story straight.

I will make it a policy to never speak with Bob Bernick again when asked about anything. It appears he only wants to hear, what he wants to hear and what can generate controversy. In 2006 he called me about the Ridgway stalking injunction, and I could have not been more clear. My wife Carrie was standing right next to me when I was talking with him on the phone. The Deseret News did publish a correction weeks later, but Bernick's name was nowhere to be found, and it was not prominently printed.

Now again we have another Bernick inflammatory article published without all the facts. I asked for a correction and after several days a correction was published, however the correction was more inaccurate than the original article. Here is the published comments from the person's involved in the article.

Rob Alexander | 12:20 p.m. April 29, 2008
Dave Hansen and re: Dave Hansen, I called Bob Bernick after I saw that this story today had some errors. He was the writer of this article. He said that bylines aren't always used in follow-up articles, mainly due to space limitations in the print edition. In the online edition he has now fixed most of the errors that originally appeared in this article.

The title still is misleading, though. To me, this was never an issue of GOP rules, it was a question of ethics. Also, I didn't apologize to Mrs. Towner in a post; I posted a comment saying that I telephoned her, discussed this with her, and apologized. I also asked her on that phone call if she would like me to request an article retraction, and she said no.

Rob Alexander | 1:11 p.m. April 29, 2008
I just realied a mistake Bob Bernick made in his corrections to this article, a mistake that is contrary to what I told him on the phone. The main concern I had with Carrie Towner's calling me originally was that I felt she wa trying to deceive me into believing that I was in Senate District 2, thus making her my SD Chair (which is two levels higher in responsibility than Precinct Chairs like myself). I knew that I live in SD 3.

It was later brought to my attention that my Legislative District (35) isn't entirely within SD 3. Part of it (the part in which Rick Taylor lives) is in SD 2. So I apologized to Carrie Towner once I realized that it was a misunderstanding rather than deceipt.

Carrie | 2:43 p.m. April 29, 2008
I appreciated receiving Rob Alexander's call. He was very gracious and I believe he is a fine candidate. I have committed to remaining neutral in the race, which I will continue to do. I wish both candidates the best.

It would be wonderful if everyone in our community cared enough to be involved in politics, despite the misunderstandings and negative publicity.

Mark Towner

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