Sheriff Adam Fortney posted an 11-minute video rant in response to an article about the Sheriff’s race (“Fortney, Johnson race for sheriff shatters record for campaign cash,” The Herald, Aug. 26).
He claimed the reporter asked for a quote in response to a “horrible” employee quote. He also claimed there was no context to what the article was covering in this request. Instead of asking questions about the context, he responded with: “If you choose to publish this quote it says more about your gutter journalism than anything else and I will not lend this style of journalism any credibility from the Office of Sheriff by participating in it. Please do not reach out to me again with this trash.”
He later claimed he wouldn’t respond to the quote because it is about “internal fighting” among the sheriff’s office. The employee quote was in response to a labor union backing his opponent and had nothing to do with “internal fighting.” This is an excuse for his abhorrent behavior and shows a lack of accountability for his actions.
He doesn’t think the race is being covered fairly by The Herald and has since called for that reporter to be removed from covering the race. Who does he think he is? The article did provide information on why some of his supporters are backing him.
He claimed it took him 24 hours to respond because he was upset. If he can’t handle a quote in a newspaper, which he provided, he is not fit to handle the duties of sheriff.