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Nate Brown and Ginny Chadwick

When disgraced former councilwoman Ginny Chadwick launched her borderline slanderous whisper campaign aimed at First Ward hopeful Jake Loft, most readers were left wondering “why?” Many chalked it up to an unhealthy need for attention. Others suggested that she had aligned herself with one or more of the First Ward Council candidates who feared Loft’s rising popularity in the ward race. Council candidate Nate Brown was mentioned more than once, but no hard evidence of any clear motive surfaced.

No hard evidence… well… until last night…

Saturday night, March 21st, 2015, Ms. Chadwick was spotted in a dimly-lit corner of a local eatery, enjoying dinner with none other than Nate Brown.

Nate and Ginny

Ginny Chadwick and Nate Brown

According to onlookers, Ms. Chadwick, who while on Council proposed outlawing alcoholic beverages in Douglass Park and led the charge to ban the sale of tobacco and e-liquid to adults between the ages of 18 and 21, enjoyed at least three alcoholic beverages before driving herself from the restaurant.

So it seems that the rumors of a Chadwick/Brown alliance were true.

Ironically, the headline above Nate Brown’s candidate profile read, Brown hopes to restore public trust in elected officials,” — ironic considering that he has allied himself with the former Councilwoman whose string of lies, deceit, and downright terrible decisions seems much too long to have been possible during her remarkably short time in the office. Ms. Chadwick resigned her post after only nine months rather than face a recall election.

Not so ironically, Brown was recently endorsed by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Chadwick Launches Whisper Campaign in First Ward Race

Ginny Chadwick

Ginny Chadwick

First Ward City Council candidate Jake Loft is receiving some unwarranted attention from former First Ward City Council representative Ginny Chadwick, who stepped down abruptly to avoid facing a recall election. Earlier this week Ms. Chadwick launched a whisper campaign against Loft alleging that his campaign was offering incentives for voter registration, a violation of Federal election law.

In response to our Missouri Sunshine Law request, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren revealed that Ms. Chadwick stopped by the Boone County Clerk’s office to tell staff that “she heard Jake Loft was offering/giving money to people for registering to vote.

Jake Loft

Jake Loft

As a precaution, Ms. Noren spoke with Mr. Loft

“Based on my conversation with Mr. Loft I am satisfied, unless further evidence comes to me, that he was not offering or giving money to people to register to vote.”                                                                                                              –Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren

When looking at Loft’s campaign finances, the Chadwick charge seems even more absurd. So far his campaign has raised a mere $700 and has only $293 on hand.

So why is Chadwick so interested in launching a slanderous whisper campaign against Loft?

Nate Brown

Nate Brown

Rumors have been floating around town for a while suggesting that she has befriended and is supporting First Ward candidate Nate Brown. Chadwick has also shown support for the First Ward candidacy of Rev. Clyde Ruffin, a local minister who has yet to respond to recently uncovered information tying him to the “pray away the gay” ministry Desert Stream. Chadwick is pictured below after reportedly “crashing” Ruffin’s campaign launch party.

The fact that Mr. Loft was active in the coalition to recall Chadwick might also be her motive.

At a recent forum focusing on development and infrastructure hosted by CoMo Council Watch, Loft presented himself as a definite contender for the open seat, answering pointed questions from the audience that seemed to confuse most (sometimes all) of the other candidates.

Ginny Chadwick and Rev. Clyde Ruffin

Ginny Chadwick and Rev. Clyde Ruffin

“I want to first state that it is extremely important for members of the public to notify my office if they believe or have heard that a law relating to elections might be violated. I appreciate the efforts of citizens to contact us so we can prevent any violations or stop the spreading of unfounded rumors.”  –Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren

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