Jeremy Martin’s legacy: Hood, Franks still sending a message

Seems it wasn’t good enough for Franks to beat Martin by eight percent of the vote with a 3-t0-1 campaign fund advantage. No, Hood and Franks wanted to “send a message.”

Forget that Hood later dropped the prosecution of Martin after the school teacher agreed to pay a $300 civil penalty and turn in an amended campaign finance report. Forget that there’s a long list of candidates in violation of that same statute over at the secretary of state’s office right now.

Forget that Hood and Franks haven’t raised a whimper against Ike Brown’s voter discrimination.
But Jeremy Martin? Hood told the Clarion-Ledger on Feb. 5, 2005, that he wanted to “send a message” in the case: “We hope this sends a message to any other cowardly candidates who want to send out some nasty mailout or negative ad against their opponent. They should think twice before violating our campaign finance laws.”

Sid Salter
Clarion Ledger