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GOP public administrator candidate Julie Metzger takes heat for Democratic connection

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Public administrator hopeful Julie Metzger's conservative credentials have come under fire by local GOP organizers, who say they are concerned by the support the first-time candidate has received -- and given to -- former secretary of state and prominent Democrat Bekki Cook.

Metzger, one of 13 Republicans who filed for the job, defended her conservative leanings Wednesday, arguing that anyone who questions her standing doesn't know her.

"I am conservative," Metzger said in a prepared statement. "I am fiscally, socially and politically conservative. Everything about my life, my faith, my family and my work shows that."

Still, an email that Cook sent encouraging fellow Democrats to pull Republican ballots next week to vote for Metzger prompted criticisms from local GOP leaders. In the email, the Cape Girardeau resident says that Metzger has been her friend and neighbor since 1994. Cook, who served as Missouri secretary of state from 1994 to 2001, cites portions of Metzger's resume, including her master's in social work and her job as director of case management and social services at SoutheastHEALTH. Cook encourages Democrats in the email to take a Republican ballot to support Metzger.

Missouri holds open primaries, meaning every eligible registered voter may select the party ballot of their choice. But primary voters may only pick one party's ballot.

Evan Trump, chairman of the Cape Girardeau County Republican Party, also points out that Metzger contributed to Cook's 2004 lieutenant governor campaign. A review of Cook's financial contributions that year revealed that Metzger did donate $150 to Cook, who lost the election to Republican Peter Kinder by less than 1 percent.

"That just raised a red flag for me and many members of the Republican Party," Trump said. "She's not been politically active before and it's raised some questions about if she's really a Republican. If Barack Obama or Jay Nixon lived next door to me, that doesn't mean I'd give them money, let alone vote for them."

Metzger countered that Cook is a "terrific person and a good friend." She acknowledged that she supported Cook more than 10 years ago because she believed Cook had the best qualifications.

"I think she supports me in this election for those same reasons," Metzger said.

Metzger said she was not aware that Cook had sent an email out asking for others to support her. But Metzger said she's glad she did.

The job calls for being the legal guardian of the county's roughly 150 individuals who have been deemed unfit by a judge to care for themselves.

"It's too important to let politics or personality to get in the way of this decision," Cook said.

But the connection between Cook and Metzger is unsettling, said Holly Lintner, the executive director of the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs.

"She's given donations to a Democrat and been endorsed by a Democrat," Lintner said. "I understand that people want to capitalize on this county's Republican successes, but we need to make sure that our value system and our party is being represented by someone who respects those values."

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Has it become this polarized of a political world where if a democrat supports a republican or vice versa, that the candidate should somehow be questioned as to their personal convictions?? I've voted for both parties...even 3rd parties because I thought they were the best candidate for the job.

-- Posted by gazza33 on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 7:54 PM

Please, we are talking about a non partisian county position where politics shouldn't be in place period! The local Republican Party has anointed Lisa Rietzel as their candidate because she is active in the party. Does that make her the best candidate for the position? I think not. Before you go vote, PLEASE study the qualifications and vote for that person, not the one the Republican party has anointed. The quotes in this article from prominent Republicans makes it sound like you can only be friends with other Republicans. Please think for yourselves and stand by your friends!! Bekki and Julie obviously put their friendship above politics....good for them. We should all love our neighbor no matter their politics. And why is this a story???

-- Posted by little bo peep on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 8:03 PM

aren't most social workers "democrats"? just wondering...

-- Posted by TommyStix on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 8:08 PM

As a Republican who's voted for Democrats several times over my 47 years of life, I think it's wonderful she puts friendship and qualifications above party affiliation. What has the world come to when we can't do that anymore? Kudos to you Julie.

-- Posted by jerryj17 on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 8:44 PM

This is what is wrong in this country and evidently this county now. This position should really have nothing to do about politics. I wasn't sure who to vote for but now I will be voting for Metzger. I cannot believe the statements of Trump and Lintner. What unbelievable morons. I think they have helped Metzger's cause. At least she will be assured of one democratic vote. Well, two votes..Ms Cook.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 8:44 PM

That does it. I am voting for Metzger.

-- Posted by VIKED on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 8:56 PM

Evan Trump, chairman of the Cape Girardeau County Republican Party, has convinced me I'm voting Metzger!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 9:08 PM

Wow, how low can Mr. Trump and the republicans go? Julie Metzger is the most dedicated Social Worker, Administrator, caring for the community person I know. Who is this Mr. Trump and what has he ever done that is honorable. Obviously, he and his central committe morans have done no justice her. All our roots are democrat here in SE Missouri, we just call ourselves a republican.

As a republican, I am voting against the incumbents and I am voting for the best qualified person.

-- Posted by foxfire1 on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 9:10 PM

Local Lawyer is doing his or her best at COOKing up a defense to getting caught red handed. Its a republican primary and only republicans belong on the ticket. Lisa Reitzel is highly qualified with a medical background and is a true conservative and has tirelessly worked to keep the Republican party strong. There are other republican candidates that are also qualified that are also true conservatives as well. The candidate in this story is a self identified Democrat through her own voter ID surveys and finally got called into question when Becki Cook sent out an email encouraging Democrats to pull a Republican ballot and vote for her. If that don't fire up the republican base then nothing will. So now you want to say the central committee stirred this up. Horse Hockey.

-- Posted by the_shadow_knows on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 9:11 PM

This really angers me. The PA position requires expertise in case management, social work and a knowledge of the law. Working in the trenches for a political party should NOT entitle anyone to this position, which detracts from the seriousness of the responsibilities given to the PA. For the party leadership to question someone's political affiliation because of ONE contribution to a person's neighbor, who just happens to be a member of a different party, is mean-spirited and immature. For them to suddenly raise the issue so close to the election is a cheap shot. Aren't we all still Americans? Hang in there, Julie!

-- Posted by riverchick on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 9:21 PM

Hey Horse Hockey, Mr. Trump called the SE Missourian and stirred up this low ball, typical response. Who is watching the hen house... the shadow is watching you.... 1984 once again.

If you don't vote their way, they will come after you in the Shadows.

It appears it has nothing to do about the people served by this position, it's that you must fit into the republican box. Oh, btw, I am a life long conservative who have voted both parties. Am I bad too?

-- Posted by foxfire1 on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 9:25 PM

The Public Administrator post in Cape Girardeau County is a political and partisan position. Until that is changed, the voters have a right to know the affiliation of the candidates. Contributions are one factor to determine their partisan bonafides.

-- Posted by Courtois on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 9:50 PM

Your just plain wrong foxfire1. The Missourian called Mr. Trump because of the unprecedented email that was sent by Mrs. Cook. Mr. Trump did not call them. Crossing party lines in the general election is done all the time. Being a democrat and filing on the Republican ticket is becoming a common practice in Cape County and must stop. The party is going to have to stand firm on these issues.

-- Posted by the_shadow_knows on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 9:52 PM

We all know where this came from! Can't BS from the Shadow.....

A Mad as hell Republican.....

-- Posted by foxfire1 on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 10:09 PM

What evidence, shadow, is there that she is a "self identified Democrat?"

-- Posted by tom on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 10:23 PM

It seems you only get elected in this county if you have the R behind your name. That is all anyone cares about. How do you think Scott Clark got elected? Because he was the most qualified candidate??? No because he had the R by his name. Please think for yourselves when you go to vote.

-- Posted by little bo peep on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 10:24 PM

This job has nothing to do with party affiliation. Trump, Lintner and the other goons are mad because they know they are outmatched so now they're trying to sling mud right before the election. Very sad, very low and very PATHETIC.

Here's another vote for Metzger.

-- Posted by autumn on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 10:33 PM

To anyone who thinks offices like public administrator, coroner, etc., should not be partisan, I recommend they push for charter government and make these appointed professionals. I believe Cape has resisted this in the past. As it stands, Lintner, as a party leader, has a duty to elect Republicans and it appears she is just trying to do her job.

-- Posted by Courtois on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 10:41 PM

Lintner only THINKS she's a party leader. For all this talk about conservative values, her little group doesn't seem to have any values, including Reitzel. They are certainly going to a lot of effort to attack Julie's character. Not practicing what they preach...

-- Posted by mommasays on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 10:55 PM

Tom that is a great idea. A political candidate can get their rating. She can release her own rating. She has access to it. Let her settle it once and for all. In fact let all the candidates every single one of them running release their ratings. That will settle it. You all can argue and finger point about it all you want. Release the rating. I'm done with it.

-- Posted by the_shadow_knows on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 11:44 PM

I think people should consider Tammy Sladek, she has been the secretary to Phyliss Schwab for years and understands and knows the clients that need representation. While I like Julie on a personal level I just think the the most qualified person should be elected.

-- Posted by Sunflower Girl on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 12:59 AM

I see nothing wrong in that, majority of candidates do the same thing. The lady is trying to win an election and needs all the votes and support she can get. There will be a lot of democrats pull republican ballots in the primary and there will republicans pull democrat ballots. Are you suppose to stop talking to your neighbor just because she is from a different party now, come on that is going to far.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 5:45 AM

I plan to hold my nose and choose a republican ballot this month as there are some repub candidates that should be replaced and I will vote for their replacements.

It's fun to see all the discussions that I am more conservative than my opponents, bs, enough of this 'carp'.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 5:46 AM

Swampeastmissouri-

You are so right...this has gone too far. This group will stop at NOTHING to help their candidate- REITZEL!!! I have lost all respect for REITZEL and her supporters, and I vote Republican! They are an EMBARASSMENT!!!

-- Posted by mommasays on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 8:02 AM

Thanks Grover Norquist for insuring that compromise is impossible.

-- Posted by Mudflopper on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 8:46 AM

Well...this is certainly interesting. The county commissioner Purcell is not a republican and most know it. However he continues to run on the republican ticket and can win. With hordes of people running for the high paying jobs, winners can win election with tota votes in the 20% range. How about getting a runoff provision so that we can truly elect someone instead of this circus. JULIE IS OUR CHOICE. the last time I checked republicans and democrats receive help from the PA office. Maybe under this attack we should consider that a republican designation is NOW REQUIRED.

-- Posted by Logger35 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 8:48 AM

Julie still has my vote. GO METZGER!

-- Posted by ,n sense on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 9:59 AM

So why should I vote for Julie Metzger who lies to the public about being a republican and is actually a democrat? She filed under the republican ticket just so she has a better shot at winning. That throws up a huge red flag to me! What else would she lie about in office if she can't even be truthful about her own political party? Isn't this what everyone always complains about....crooked politicians? Many people think that a political party shouldn't play a part in being public administrator, but to me it's more important to be truthful about your beliefs. Julie seems to be trying to spin her story that she is not a democrat, when the facts are saying otherwise. Why would we want someone like this in office taking care of the elderly and disabled who can't help themselves, when she tries to fudge her way in and out of situations? If we can't trust her to be honest about her political party, we CAN'T trust her with the well being of members of our society. I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR JULIE METZGER. I hope others take my advice as well.

-- Posted by redhawk2011 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:20 AM

This whole mess shows the abject folly of open primaries. Let Democrats decide who will represent the Democratic Party in a general election. Let Republicans decide who will represent the Republican Party in a general election. Let the Libertarians, Greens, Constitution, etc. decide theirs. It is absurd to let those who don't share a party's ideals help select said party's candidates. It's quite undemocratic if you think about it.

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:33 AM

YEA, Becky! Vote for the best person to do the job....I always do.

-- Posted by janet1940 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:36 AM

Funny, redhawk2011 and truth_serum must be toting the party line with the exact same post!!

I'm voting for the most qualified candidate. Public Administrator is a social work position and needs a social worker in it.

-- Posted by SWAS on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:53 AM

To all and to Julie, I have no problem with Julie, this is not a witch hunt. Moyers called and gave me the circumstances, and ask for my opinion, we spoke for 10 minutes and this is the part he printed.

I agree, qualifications are very important, and there is more than one qualified candidate. As far as my values statement, that is a standard line I use, voters have a responsibility to identify the candidates' qualifications and values and vote for the candidate that most closely aligns with their own.

conserve_our_future- Yes, I was quoted saying that, that was a classic example of a Rudi Keller misquote! My point to Rudi was that I truly believed, before Nathan got in trouble that he was smarter than that. It was a statement of shock. I don't think the other candidates, or the Party has conceded to Julie's qualifications, but that is not what the story was about and though I mentioned to Moyers that there was more than one qualified candidate, I didn't expect him to print it because that wasn't the issue at hand. But, surely you can understand that our full views aren't represented in the "sound bites".

Evan Trump, nor myself called the paper advocating this story. We were asked to respond and we did. Don't believe it, call Moyers and ask. We have had many Republicans over the last several weeks call us with various concerns about Julie's party affiliation, from comments she has made on the radio, in person and her donations and endorsements. These people have asked us as "Party Leadership" to take a stand on this. Until yesterday, when Moyers approached us, we had chosen NOT TO make this a public spectacle.

Courtois- Thank you for your comment. I agree with your thoughts.

Howdydoody- Thank you for your kind words you are entitled to your opinion just like Evan and I are entitled to ours. Thanks God and America for this right. Bless you.

Mommasays- I apologize it was not my intent to attack Julie's character, the final statement of the story was made in a general sense. I don't know Julie well enough to criticize her. I am sure she is a great person and good at her job as well. In the same light, you shouldn't attack Lisa's character, do you truly know her. She is a great person!!!

May I also point out Sharon Schuessler, Linda Nash, Mary Ann Friese and Debra Tracy are all friends of mine and are also great people as well.

Little bo Peep- I know who you are and of course you would feel that way. But, Scott is very qualified for the job and he is doing a great job!

Autumn- Outmatched by whom, Julie? She is qualified but I don't feel outmatched, there are several qualified candidates, not one clear choice based on qualifications in my mind, I think voters need to take a look at these candidates on several factors. I made my choice. I am not telling you who to vote for, you make your choice. That is the beauty of the election process. We will see on August 7. Good luck to all.

-- Posted by HollyLintner on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:03 AM

They did take out truth_serum's word for word post. That's crap!

-- Posted by SWAS on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:11 AM

This article makes me sick and is typical of the attitudes that are paralyzing our great country today. I hope everyone who exercises their right to vote does their "homework" and votes for the best candidate, REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL PARTY!!!!

-- Posted by chinook on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:29 AM

Y'all need more to do, I think. Get a life.

-- Posted by Raunchy on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:44 AM

USDA SUBSIDY INFORMATION

USDA county office from which subsidies were paid:

Subsidy Payments

most recent address on file in USDA county office

Bollinger County, Missouri

$2,028.00

Mark & Lisa Reitzel

Whitewater, MO 63785

Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

$133,273.00

Mark & Lisa Reitzel

TOTAL

$135.301.00

This is LISA REITZEL way of saying she has the qualifications on working the system, YEA! she and her husband has worked the system for $135,301.00 of our tax paying money. Smaller Goverment is the republican way as long as LISA gets her part. No wonder Jo Ann Emerson backed LISA, now LISA can subsidies Jo Ann Emerson's campaign with our tax money too.

-- Posted by Rev.Carl Spackler on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:58 AM

Moderate republicans have been attcked from their right flanks for the past 3 years. Folks better wake up or there will be no compromise to get things done anywhere.

Down with the Tea Party movement and Grover Norquist!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 12:19 PM

Rev. Carl Spackler

Let me set the record straight on USDA subsidies. This program has been existence for several years and has nothing to do with Jo Ann Emerson and candidates. People are paid according to the acres planted. and yeilds. I don't even know how you can tie them together. I also farm and get subsidies but do not give money to Jo Ann Emerson because that is not the way the program works. This is hard earned money that has helped me survive some of these terrible years in farming. Thanks to government for helping the farmers out. Every other country subsidies their farmers much more that the United States does. There might be some of the other candidates that receive payments also. Why don't you expose them. Jo Ann Emerson has nothing to do with how much a person receives from this program and to beleive different is crazy. If we farmers were not here to feed you Rev. then who would. Ever thought of that.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 12:51 PM

I should say that I do not support anyone in this public administrators race but to critize the Farm Program does get me a little fired up. We work from daylight to dark and for what to get thrown under the bus about the payments that we receive trying to feed the Americans and people in other countries. I want the thank Jo Ann Emerson for standing up for the farmers and knowing that we are really important.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 12:56 PM

If I am a Republican but like a Democratic candidate, should I not speak up to my friends about why I like that Democratic candidate? That's called open mindedness and civic engagement. Does that make the Democratic candidate a Republican? Um . . . no. To vote strictly along party lines is often times to be close minded and, therefore, mis-informed because we have not fully considered the candidate for whom we are voting. I applaud both Ms. Cook and Ms. Metzger for seeing through the party line divide. That is all too rare in this town!

-- Posted by Sunday's_Child on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 3:36 PM

This is insane! Have we forgotten the people that are being served by this position. These are individuals who do not have a voice and they need someone who speak for them. These last 12 years have been shameful how individuals are tossed away like trash. This position is not a Democrat or Republican position, it is a Public Welfare position. We need to have this position like STL does, which is not voted on, but EARNED!

Who cares who she gave money to 10 YEARS AGO! Come on! Is that the best you got on Julie. It is obvious that the individuals who started this article are scared! They know Julie is more qualified and will put the individuals best welfare first, instead of worrying about the $70k that comes with the postion. They waited until less than a week before the election to publish this article. It is sad that we are worried about this instead of the people who have been mistreated for far too long!

-- Posted by STLCardinals on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 4:58 PM

Tom B.

Please forgive me for firing you up, that was not my intention. My intentions were meant to show that Lisa Reitzel's only qualification is exploiting the fact that she is a Republican. The point I was trying to make is that she is only a republican for as long as it helps her. I know that farmers are hardworking, salt of the earth people, and I had no intentions of insulting farmers. But there are other hardworking people in Cape County that are working 2 jobs, cutting back needs, to make ends meet (without any subsidies). I read an article today that Lisa Reitzel was a co-coordinator for Kenny Hulshof's campaign. And Lisa continues to boast about being affiliated with Hulshof, who was the prosecutor in a case in which someone was wrongly accused and spent 20 years in jail. What kind of integrity does a person have, who would still choose to boast about their affiliation following a wrong prosecution (I'm guessing that was just another "big" named Republican that she wanted to use in her ads). As for farmers feeding Americans you're right, and thank you, but what about freight lines and mom & pop distribution centers do they receive subsidies? I know for a fact, a local distribution center that has been in Cape for decades, that are now out of business, due to hard times. Did they receive subsidies? How do these farmers get crops to market and to the grocery stores. These freight lines & grocers don't get subsidies, but they still manage to operate. And as far as you working from sunup to sundown....where do you find the time to get on the internet and blog? And did that "hard earned" subsidy help you purchase that computer you're using?

-- Posted by Rev.Carl Spackler on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 5:14 PM

I think that the main point that seems to elude Julie's supporters, is that, filing as a Republican when one is a Democrat is not truly commendable. Whether or not she is qualified, if she's willing to deceive the people of this county in order to get elected, then, what else would she be willing to do to reach her goals? Simple question.

-- Posted by Republicanchild on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 7:14 PM

Do you have any proof Julie is a Democrat? Supporting a friend in an election does not make you a member of one party or the other! If you are going to make accusations then back them up, please! Don't try to drag Julie through your mud...

-- Posted by little bo peep on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 8:13 PM

And Holly I don't know who you think I am but pretty sure you are wrong as I don't even know you. Just another comment with no proof.

-- Posted by little bo peep on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 8:15 PM

little bo peep- you commented many times during the race between JANET ROBERT and Scott R. Clark, all the proof that I needed to know who you are. It doesn't matter if you know me or not.

-- Posted by HollyLintner on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 8:44 PM

There are several other very well qualified candidates other than Reitzel and Metzger, including the current deputy, Sladek. Metzger does appear to be well qualified, but it would concern me if she really were a Democrat running in the Republican primary. Again, does anybody have any proof she is anything but a Republican?

-- Posted by tom on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 9:10 PM

Okay Rev Smack guess you don't want to talk about your own humongous subsidies over the last several years. Your veiled attempt to conceal who you are failed. Need your real name be spoken and remove all doubt.

-- Posted by redhawk2011 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 9:32 PM

Republican, Democrat, Independent...who cares?? The public administrator position has about as much to do with politics as does the dog catcher. I'm a Democrat, but I'm very comfortable with the idea of having Julie Metzger in the PA role. I've known her for years and know she's well qualified for the job...regardless of which ballot she's on. By the way, I think it's absurd that at least one candidate touts the fact that she opposes "ObamaCare." Are voters so ignorant that they don't know the public administrator has NO impact on healthcare policy? Ridiculous!

-- Posted by jfw on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 9:40 PM

Also Rev Smack you forget to mention those farm subsidies were over a 20 year period of time. So you are a distorter of the truth. Your subsidies dwarf this.

-- Posted by redhawk2011 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 9:45 PM

For Goodness sake its a trust issue. If she would have filed on her true belief ticket that would speak volumes for her character. Sorry but trust for a public administrator is everything. If you cheat to win, are you a winner or a cheater? Do the names Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds ring a bell.

-- Posted by redhawk2011 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 9:57 PM

It is time for the Cape County Republican Committee to clean house and get rid of those that have a conflict of interest. The following need to resign. Trump,Lintner,Wallingford,S. Clark, and Reitzel.

-- Posted by codybill on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 9:59 PM

who did she vote for in the last presidential election? who will she vote for in november?

-- Posted by TommyStix on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:17 PM

Thanks TommyStix for your unbiased truthful insight. Fantastic point.

-- Posted by redhawk2011 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:48 PM

"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."

If a candidate has made donations to a Democrat, is being endorsed by a Democrat, is asking for the votes of Democrats, and his or her voter ID surveys tag him or her as a Democrat, then we have to at least to consider the possibility that we have a Democrat running in the Republican primary. For those who say they have voted across party lines and that doesn't matter, I daresay in those instances you have KNOWN you were voting across party lines. In this case, the assumption is that all candidates in a Republican primary are actually Republicans, not a Democrat disguised as a Republican.

-- Posted by Auntie P on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:50 PM

Auntie P-voter ID? This news story says nothing about "voter ID." Stick to the facts, not slanderous implications by Reitzel supporters.

-- Posted by mommasays on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:06 PM

Little Bo Peep, she lost her seat to a new Republican tory.

Sour grapes are in line when she does opine, and that is the rest of the story.

Another Democrat coming to the aid of another Democrat...

-- Posted by Auntie P on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:06 PM

"For all this talk about conservative values, her little group doesn't seem to have any values, including Reitzel."

Mommysays, this quote is copied from your comment above. Slander? Really? Maybe you should check your own facts...I did not mention any names, Reitzel's or anyone else's.

-- Posted by Auntie P on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:14 PM

Wow this has really blown up!

I think it can be boiled down to this: Should you vote for someone touting their party as a qualification? Or vote for someone who is actually qualified for the job?

-- Posted by jerryj17 on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:29 PM

I think that Julie should state her party affiliation publicly. If she is indeed a Republican, she should clear all doubt for us who consider conservative values relevant. To me, party affiliation matters; it reflects certain values that are VERY important.

By the way, I am not a Reitzel supporter. As of this moment I think Kim Kelley has my vote: business owner, hard worker, medical background...but, I would take another look at Julie's bio if she is indeed a Republican candidate. How's that for fairness?

-- Posted by Republicanchild on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 4:27 AM

It appears Mr. Trump & Mrs. Lintner feel Lisa Reitzel has full right of passage because she is an active political player.

Sorry, this particular job is to important. The best qualified for the job should be elected into office.

-- Posted by polar on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 9:25 AM

JFW-I agree. What does opposing "Obamacare" have to do with being Public Administrator? Those ads bug me. We need to look at job qualifications. Being a nurse, deputy sheriff, accountant, or a history teacher does not qualify you for this position. Being a social worker does.

-- Posted by SWAS on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 10:47 AM

What "facts" make Julie a democrat? Giving money to support a friend?

There are people out there who are friends with those who don't believe in God. Does that make them a non-believer as well?

Idiots.

-- Posted by Fer Sure on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 11:14 AM

Ok, I've sat silent long enough. Most people responding here are dancing around the question, the same as Julie Metzger. Look at the "quotes" from the article Mr Conserve_our-future. You said, and I quote "she says that she is a conservative Republican". Now lets go to the article "read the article at the top of this page, you know the actual article" as you pointed out. So it appears that she was "QUOTED" in a "PREPARED STATEMENT" to say "I am conservative". "I am fiscally, socially, and politically conservative...". NOWHERE, in this article does she state she is REPUBLICAN. She submitted a "PREPARED STATEMENT". Everyone here should be smart enough to know that you can dance around an issue with words and not answer a question. The question of ARE YOU A REPUBLICAN OR ARE YOU A DEMOCRAT, has NOT! been answered!!! Using republican words like "conservative" doesn't mean squat. You'd have to be an idiot to say I'm fiscally liberal, when you're trying to get a job that requires budgeting.

I have NO problem with her backing her friend and neighbor, who is a democrat, for all means if it's a friend, you're going to support them. And now her friend Bekki Cook is supporting Julie. And yes, the job of Public Administrator has NOTHING to do with being republican or democrat, and yes Julie is highly qualified to perform this job, no question about it. BUT THE ISSUE IS INTEGRITY!!!! "IF" Julie is a democrat (which she has NOT directly answered), then she compromised her integrity from day one when she filed for office and chose to lie about her party affiliation. PLAIN AND SIMPLE, CUT AND DRIED, SHE HASN'T ANSWERED THE QUESTION. And while it doesn't matter one bit if your republican or democrat to do this job, if someone is willing to compromise integrity from the get go, what does that say of their morale character???

-- Posted by purplehatgirl on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 4:44 PM

I partially agree with what some have said about qualifications for the PA job; however I do feel you need some experience in health care, and some type of accounting.

I think one would need experience in health care because the Average Joe would not know what to look for if a resident was being mistreated or abused.

I think one would need experience in book keeping or sometime of accounting so they can manage the funds (our taxes) of the individuals that need help.

Also the way I understand it is that the PA job time requirement is 25 hours a day, 8 days a week. Do these candidates (and families) know this? Are they ready for calls at 11pm, 12am, or 1 am? Are they aware that they might have to leave their family on Christmas night during dinner and attend to a ward that might have had an issue? I do know what it is like(minus the ward part), to have a parent or family member have to leave at all hours or have to leave during a holiday dinner, it can pile on a lot of stress.

I ask the voters to keep all of this in mind before choosing a candidate they feel is right for the job. Please do not be like the uneducated voters who commented that because of this story they are voting for Julie Metzger. There are 14 candidates running for this position, just because you are a social worker does not mean you are the best qualified. However being Republican or Democrat does NOT qualify you one bit.

-- Posted by Slevin Kelevra on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 4:55 PM

What will Trump and Lintner require next time before a political forum? I'm guessing a polygraph (lie detector) test. Jesus Christ himself couldn't meet the criteria required by Trump and Lintner. He is way too liberal.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 5:32 PM

Selection of a Public Administrator should be made based on qualifications,not political party. It is a service job with tremendous responsibility. Julie's education, lifelong career and years of work experience in social work along with her caring attitude mirror those qualifications. This community should appreciate and support her willingness to use her talents in service as Public Administrator - its an opportunity to provide those in need with the highest quality care available. That's why my vote will be for Julie Metzger.

-- Posted by schott1 on Sat, Aug 4, 2012, at 8:04 AM

I'm a Democrat and I STRONGLY SUPPORT all of these Republican candidates....I guess in the eyes of the county Republican Party they are ALL now disqualified. LOL

-- Posted by Wildcat67 on Sat, Aug 4, 2012, at 2:17 PM

This country is truly messed up.democrat vs republican. Republican vs democrat. From a truly independent voter such as me I would stand no chance in your elite houses of sanctimonious dung. I actually hope both of your parties die a slow and painful death so we can get back to the business of being a great country. Until all this kind of partisan stuff subsides we are all doomed to go down the path to nowhere.

I propose a amendment to disband all political parties and start new. The old ones have failed us

To stay on topic though. Julie, you get my vote.

-- Posted by 3forone on Sat, Aug 4, 2012, at 6:24 PM

Well, now I know I will be voting FOR Metzger.

-- Posted by dmt49 on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 11:32 PM

It sounds to me like the two women are good friends with a lot of respect for each other. Something that is lacking in politics today. So she contributed $150 bucks to the woman's campaign. Big deal. This is really news??

-- Posted by marstonmom2 on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 10:53 PM


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