(La Porte County, IN) - Another flyer casting elected officials locally as puppets and clowns are circulating.
The most recent one has La Porte County Council members dressed as clowns and puppet strings attached to La Porte County Commissioners Rich Mrozinski and Sheila Matias. La Porte County Attorney Shaw Friedman is portrayed in the flyer as the puppeteer.
The flyers mailed to a select number of elected and former officials draw a lot of attention and seem to generate more laughs than anything else. Councilman Mike Rosenbaum says the flyers are not fair to the elected officials singled out by the publisher, but they are kind of funny.
“I’m not crazy for the pictures but, you know what, you have to have a sense of humor about things,” he said.
The latest flyer alleges local officials are more concerned about making sure Friedman is fully paid for his services than giving adequate raises to county employees. As a result, the commissioners are suing La Porte County Auditor Tim Stabosz for withholding more than $12,000 from Friedman.
Though the commissioners have approved paying the expense, Stabosz said he would release the money to Friedman once the attorney provides the information he wants to verify the charges at question were for the legal services. The commissioners contend that the auditor does not have the authority to withhold payment.
A different flyer each week started being circulated by an anonymous publisher a month ago. The flier is being sent by the "Let's Go Brandon" PAC, which is a non-registered political action committee.