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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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Clyde Ruffin: Praying the Gay Away in the First Ward

On March 1st, Mike Martin’s online publication, The Columbia Heart Beat, published a story about a mysterious document dump from an anonymous tipster calling himself/herself “Barney Miller.” The email claimed that a City Council candidate was tied to anti-gay “pray away the gay” groups. The Columbia Heartbeat declined to name names, instead sending many Columbians digging for the truth. As it turns out, the man who spends his days (and nights) praying away the gay is none other than Pastor Clyde L. Ruffin, leader of Columbia’s Second Missionary Baptist Church and candidate for the vacant First Ward City Council seat.

Candidate/Pastor Clyde Ruffin

Candidate/Pastor Clyde Ruffin

The Second Missionary Baptist Church website lists Ruffin’s wife and First Lady of the church, Sheila Ruffin, as “a certified coordinator for the national ministry, Desert Stream, which provides Christ-centered help for those struggling with sexual and relational problems.  She was instrumental in bringing this ministry to the city of Columbia.”

Desert Stream Ministries is a group centered around the Dark Age notion that people need to be cleansed of sinful and unhealthy practices like homosexuality, fantasy, gender identity issues, and masturbation.  Desert Stream was founded and is still led by ex-gay,  Christian Fundamentalist Andrew Comiskey.

In the Spring of 2008, First Lady Ruffin wrote about her introduction to Desert Stream:

More than fifteen years ago, I went on an extended time of prayer and fasting for a Christian friend of mine who had been struggling with homosexuality. I had picked up a copy of Andrew Comiskey’s book, “Pursuing Sexual Wholeness-How Jesus Heals the Homosexual,” at a conference. I began to read about the nature of sexual brokenness, and I realized that my reason for reading this book had nothing to do with my friend. I was the one who was in need of healing.

For those of you pooh-poohing our choice to write about Mrs. Ruffin, please note that she is a public figure with a bio included on the website of the church her husband shepherds. That same website celebrates her leadership role within Desert Stream Ministries.

Screen-shot from the 2NDBC website -- Sheila Ruffin

Screen-shot from the 2NDBC website — Sheila Ruffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Desert Streams offshoots in Columbia, MO meets at Eternal Refuge on Vandiver. The contact numbers for the ministry and its “CrossCurrent” classes are the 2nd Missionary Baptist Church the same phone as Mrs. Ruffin’s home business, Pound Cake by Sheila. 

It remains to be seen how Ruffin’s affiliation with Desert Stream will affect his candidacy in the First Ward. It is rumored that there are several documents further cementing the Ruffins’ anti-gay sentiments and ties with Desert Stream in the packet sent to the Columbia Heart Beat. If a copy of the documents makes its way to Keep Columbia Free, it will be published.

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