To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Representative Hurt's letter, that states, "Mr. DeVoy lusts for power."
In my letter to the editor, I called attention to Representative Hurt's inappropriate behavior of promoting a lie that county Commissioner Hunter Taylor wants a county sales tax. A claim Mr. Hurt has not denied. I have worked closely with Hunter Taylor, during the past year. He has never supported, nor spoken of a county sales tax.
Two weeks ago, George Hurt went to the business of a former state representative. Mr. Hurt demanded that he take down Hunter Taylor's sign. Hurt claimed Hunter Taylor wants a county sales tax. The former representative was not fooled. He refused to take down the sign.
Rep. Hurt knows, by statute, that county commissioners cannot create new taxes (such as a county sales tax) or increase taxes. That authority is only in the hands of Rep. Hurt and his fellow representatives.
When I first decided to run for county commissioner, George Hurt befriended and supported me. After I was elected, George tried to tell me what to do and how to think. Although we agreed on many things, some we did not. George Hurt views politics as power. If you do not comply with his demands, he has no use for you.
So, who really "lusts for power"? Is it the one who points out a bad politician's actions or the one who intentionally promotes a false statement, to change the course of an election?
David DeVoy, Chairman
Belknap County Board of Commissioners
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