Those who hold seat must have integrity

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By George Chandler

In your interview of Gary Ahlers, candidate for Magistrate Judge, published Sunday April 25, Mr. Ahlers is quoted as saying that I, George Chandler,  “tried to use these records he found online to ruin my reputation” during the 2006 election campaign.  He then goes on to suggest it is ridiculous to bring up something that happened 15 years ago.

Well, this time he brought it up, not I.  I did not try to ruin Mr. Ahlers’ reputation in 2006, nor do I intend so today.  The contrary is true:  I gave him an opportunity  to salvage his reputation;  he blew it. When I discovered in 2006 the New Jersey charges and the subsequent expungement, I had a private meeting with Mr. Ahlers, to tell him what I knew and so to give him an opportunity to divulge the New Jersey charges publicly without any disclosure by me.  Mr. Ahlers then chose to mischaracterize the expungement of his record as “exoneration,” and I challenged him on the misrepresentation of that process in a phone call and a letter to the Monitor.  My target was not his reputation but a threat to the integrity of the Magistrate Court.  At least this time around he has abandoned exoneration in favor of expungement.  

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