I later came to learn that Sheriff Mike Lewis and States Attorney Matt Maciarello had been investigating me ever since I announced my intent to run for Mayor. Sound familiar Folks??? Yeah, I have been through this many times in the past and clearly even with new the leadership, not much has changed in Salisbury, Maryland. That in itself is very unfortunate. You have to ask yourself WHY? Why was the Grandmother of the Foxwell Family STAGED to do her speech immediately after the Thomas Leggs trial? NO ONE else went to every hearing during that case in the Media. I heard it all and I wrote notes throughout the whole thing and there's only ONE individual who could stand in their way in the next elections.
Moving on, out of nowhere a few weeks ago I get a call in which I still stand firm on as being Mayor Jim Ireton. His call came in at 11:24 PM on a Saturday night. I'm not going to get into the condition but I will tell you that questions came up in that conversation about my platform and what I planned on doing as Mayor for the City. I refused to answer those questions over the phone but stated I would be more than happy to meet with Jim in person. I was then invited to his Office the next day. He stated he would pick up lunch at Panera Bread and meet me there at noon. You know the rest of the story.
I contacted Councilwoman Debbie Campbell because I wanted to know where Jim lived. I became very concerned because Jim seemed very depressed and after recently losing someone in our community I simply wanted to go by his home and make sure he was ok, since he had not returned any of my calls or text messages. Debbie suggested that it would be best to contact Chief Barbara Duncan and you know the rest of that part of the story.
In yesterday's press conference, Mayor Ireton expressed what I took as anger that Debbie Campbell and I had the Chief go to his home to check on him. He went on to say that three Council Members had already made up their minds on who was going to be the next Mayor, (me) and chastised them for their alleged position with me. I want YOU to recognize right here and now how Mayor Jim Ireton took the opportunity to tie those three to Joe Albero, (don't forget that throughout this article). The Chief called me and stated "no crime" had been committed and wanted me to give her permission to subpoena my phone records. I immediately thought, WHY? Why would I want to turn my phone records over when I had already been to the SPD and showed Officers the incoming call and Chief Duncan admitted yesterday that I had done so and that the Officers had confirmed it was Ireton's number. I told the Chief I wanted to contact my attorney and ask their advice. I did not return a call to Chief Duncan.
I have absolutely learned from the Chief this morning that she did in fact subpoena my phone records. Records in which I take EXTREMELY seriously. It is NOT her business NOR the Mayor's business who calls my telephone, NOR is it of the Daily Times, I think you can see why and I think you'll agree. However, as stated below today, the Daily Times even stated, "the editor's number showing up in Albero's phone records". Funny how after my phone records became available that Ireton would tie three Council Members into that Press Conference!
At the end of yesterday's press conference Chief Duncan said time and time again, no crime had been committed. So HOW did they get my phone records?
In today's Daily Times article they stated, and I quote,
Complicating the incident, Gaudette is the roommate of a Daily Times reporter who has since resigned citing her knowledge of the situation and failure to disclose the information to officials. A Daily Times editor was also drawn into the investigation when Gaudette made a prank call to him the same night, while disguising his number as that of Albero's. When the editor later saw the missed call he dialed the unfamiliar number, which because of the "spoofing" technology had appeared as Albero's.
This resulted in the editor's number showing up in Albero's phone records on the same night as the prank call.
According to police reports, the editor did not learn until talking to police that he had inadvertently called Albero.
Now I ask you, look closely at the image below. Look at the TIME in which BOTH calls came in.
How is it possible that what the Daily Times stated in today's article is possible. HOW can they allegedly spoof me and talk to me for 7 minutes and 38 seconds, then allegedly spoof Joe Carmean, (Editor of the Daily Times) at the exact same time??? How convenient, eh? Some investigation, especially when the SPD never contacted me about MY side of the story while they were investigating. How can the investigation be closed? How could Carmean have called me back AFTER they spoofed me and then called him and BOTH calls are for the exact same time?
Wouldn't it only be fair to ASK me everything that was stated in the CONVERSATION to decide if it was a political ploy, IF this was in fact an alleged spoof phone call? Where is Joe Albero's justice in all of this? The Chief has informed me that I am welcome to go to the Commissioner and file whatever I'd like and they would move forward from there. Hmmmmm.
The Daily Times article fails to mention that someone from the Daily Times that was involved lied to the Police, yet the Mayor wanted to point the finger at Council Members for causing so much of a problem. Isn't lying to Police in an investigation a criminal offense? The Mayor stated time and time again yesterday calling me out by name and stating I was a "Delaware Blogger". I will repeat again, I met with the Mayor at the Salisbury Festival some time ago BEFORE I mentioned to any of you my intent to run for Mayor. He said, you can't, your not a Maryland resident. I pulled out my wallet, pulled out my MARYLAND Driver's License and showed it to him. The Mayor continues to "defame" me with the intent to plant in people's minds I am not a Maryland resident or qualified to run for Mayor. The Mayor has stated on PAC 14 that a candidate running for Mayor isn't even a Maryland resident AFTER he has personally seen my Driver's License.
The Mayor went on yesterday suggesting that Joe Albero knew for a fact that it was a prank call and even to this day continues to state it was Jim Ireton who called me. Look Folks, not only am I an alleged victim of this event, the Police never interviewed me NOR did they give me access to the Police Report until YESTERDAY. Even with that being said, we got our hands on the Police report and were told after only a few minutes to give it back to them, (illegally) and told me I'd have to file a FOIA request to get it. Then we watched the Daily Times in front of Jim Ireton take pictures of every page so they didn't have to FOIA a copy, the very same people who created this whole thing to start with. Besides that, why should I, (as an alleged victim) be required to file a FOIA request on an investigation involving me?
Ireton went on in the Press Conference and I'll quote again from the Daily Times article today, "At the news conference, Ireton said he received a call from Gaudette on Wednesday night "expressing his sincere apology for what he caused and what he did and for any problem that it caused me as the mayor."
REALLY? The Mayor was feeling SORRY for the alleged person who allegedly made the alleged prank call, yet attacked me personally AND three Council Members? Now why would the Mayor give sympathy towards this person? As I stated yesterday, could it be that the Mayor made the call? Could it be that they used Joe Carmean's phone first, (look at the times of BOTH calls) hung up and then called me from his cell phone? Could it be convenient at this point and time to say what the Daily Times has said because they cannot deny a call came in from Joe Carmean's cell phone? Could it be they didn't think this thing out well enough after a night of partying?
I'd like to know, if you've followed this Blog long enough, recall how desperate the former Police Chief wanted to subpoena my phone records to get my sources. Other public figures were desperate to gain access to my sources as well. SOUND FAMILIAR? I was told by Chief Duncan NO CRIME had been committed and she needed my permission to get my records, yet they went ahead and got them anyway. Then all of a sudden the Mayor starts calling out three Council Members in a Press Conference whereas they had NOTHING to do with it. How did the Mayor know anything, unless perhaps he has seen my phone records?
Ladies and Gentlemen, be VERY afraid of what is going on right now. Be VERY afraid that this Mayor would feel SORRY for an alleged person who allegedly made the spoof call! Be VERY afraid that when and if you disagree with a Sheriff, a States Attorney, a Mayor and so on that the State will open investigations on you. That other investigations will pop up and you find yourself at the end of politically driven retaliation investigation/s.
IF I am arrested for something, anything, know that there are certain powers to be behind it. Know that they are doing everything they can to include three Council Members in that triangle. I have been in these battles before and walked away victorious. This is ALL about politics and the intent to defame.
Joe Albero can and will be the next Mayor of Salisbury, with your support. They know that Joe Albero will stand up and fight for ALL of us and speak the TRUTH, no matter the cost. Joe Albero is not a criminal. Joe Albero has never been out to cheat anyone.
This whole thing could have disappeared the very next day IF Jim Ireton would have returned my calls or text messages. Look, we've all done stupid things in our lifetime. If Jim had called me and said, Joe, I didn't make that call but I'm having it investigated. That would have ended it. Jim could have called and said, Joe, I screwed up and I'm sorry for the call. It would have dropped instantly. However, YOU really have to look at this whole thing, along with all the other things I'm mentioning and see it for what it really is. Why was Sarah Lake sitting in the Press Conference yesterday? I want you to know I walked right up to her and said, SHAME ON YOU for what you have done.
In the end they want to tie Debbie Campbell, Terry Cohen and Tim Spies purposely to Joe Albero in the hopes of bringing them down with me. Ladies & Gentlemen, we do deserve better than this. If you'll look at Court Records on Monday I have filed a lawsuit against Mayor Jim Ireton for defamation of character in the attempt to discredit me as a potential candidate. I told you yesterday I wasn't playing around.
While I have been defamed, do I take the high road and walk away from this lawsuit filed today? Hasn't the City of Salisbury been defamed enough?
I want Mayor Ireton to publicly state that he does recognize me as a qualified resident and candidate of Salisbury, Maryland. The ball is now in his court. If the Mayor will in fact publicly admit I am a resident I will reconsider my legal position.
I'd like to add the following. The other day Greg Bassett of the Daily Times laid out several standards he pledged to his readers they would follow. They NEVER got the other side, (from me). They NEVER mentioned me as a potential Mayoral candidate in any of their articles. They NEVER stated sbynews.com, just that I am a Blogger. When I read the article the other day and then this one, I came to the conclusion that the Daily Times truly believes their readers are just plain challenged. I'll add, stay tuned for next weeks announcement from the Court House.
You have to wonder why the local Main Stream Media only talk about Joe Albero when certain powers to be stage irate individuals willing to publicly attack me to sell papers and ads. Long Live Salisbury News!
Draw your own conclusion to this whole mess. I wouldn't be too quick to feel sorry for Mayor Jim Ireton. Ireton stated, "I will not be distracted by this. Why? And this is very very important: Because the truth is the truth," No Jim, YOU only have and know half the truth on this matter. I'd be more than happy to meet with the Mayor and discuss the entire matter, if he's willing to do so. Just remember Folks, Sarah Lake has been a close ally with the Mayor. Don't you question WHY they would do such a thing? It certainly isn't because the Daily Times wants to see Joe Albero as the next Mayor. Read between the lines. Talk about a massive scandal. Some are talking about impeachment.
The Daily Times added: Taking advantage of the media presence at the news conference, Ireton went on to accuse the council majority of holding up serious issues because of the upcoming election.
Please, do tell me in case I missed something. Isn't the "upcoming election" in April of NEXT YEAR?