At first, Republican California Assembly candidate Patricia McKeon denied that she implicated her husband, Rep Buck McKeon’s former staff member and Assembly race competitor Scott Wilk in a complaint about the website: Really Patricia?.
Last Friday, March 23, 2012, the SCV Lincoln Club held a 38th Assembly District GOP Candidate Forum. All three candidates, Patricia McKeon, Paul Strickland and Scott Wilk, agreed to participate in this Candidate Forum and were present which is where this story unfolds.
The forum format was indicated as follows; each candidate would give an opening statement; a question and answer period on the issues would follow; concluding with a closing statement from each candidate. It also included, in accordance with President Reagan’s 11th Commandment, no personal attacks on fellow GOP candidates would be allowed.
During the forum the following question was asked: “You mentioned you signed the unity pledge honoring Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment. Mrs. McKeon, it has been suggested that your campaign asked Steve Cooley, our District Attorney, and one of your supporters, to investigate Scott Wilk over an anonymous website that has been critical of your candidacy. Would you care to clear the air about this rumor?”
Patricia McKeon, in a rather indignant tone, claimed at the forum that she made a “general inquiry” of the District Attorney’s office about a website that was sharing negative information about her dealing as Rep. McKeon’s paid treasurer. She went on to claim that she did “not say who” was behind the anonymous websites that used her name and personal information. She emphasized that in her letter to District Attorney Steve Cooley that “…I did not ever, ever, ever, indicate one person ever…” was behind these “sites that were very vitriolic.”
And, then this letter appeared:
Now, an elected Republican Central Committee Member from the 38th District, B.J. Atkins, is calling for Patricia McKeon to release all documents she has with regards to her communication with the Los Angeles District Attorney. Here is his letter:
From Atkin’s letter to me:
I would like you all to be aware of this request and the supporting information. It is important for the electorate to know if their elected officials can be “TRUSTED”. Patricia McKeon and Bob Haueter have been adamant in their denial of naming Scott Wilk in a complaint to the DAs office. A complaint intended clearly to prompt an investigation. The complaint was rejected soundly within ten days! The only way to know for sure is to see the correspondence to the DA, from the McKeon campaign.
Well, I agree.
Patricia McKeon should come clean and release all of the documents verifying what she said last Friday. If she was intentionally misleading Santa Clarita Lincoln Club Members and DID drop a dime (which is apparent that she did) on Scott Wilk, then she should be held accountable.
In the meantime, Patricia, inquiring minds want to see those letters between you and D.A. Steve Cooley’s office.
This issue is NOT going away.