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More ethics violations for Bryant Republicans

Posted By on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 7:18 AM

TRIPLE PLAY: A third ethics violation for Bryant Mayor Jill Republican Dabbs.
  • TRIPLE PLAY: A third ethics violation for Bryant Mayor Jill 'Republican' Dabbs.

CAUTIONED: Clerk Republican Kizer.
  • CAUTIONED: Clerk 'Republican' Kizer.
Bryant Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs and Bryant City Clerk Heather "Republican" Kizer were rapped this week by the state Ethics Commission for improper campaign finance reporting.

It's an ethical hat trick now for Dabbs. She'd been cited earlier for 1) improperly using campaign money to pay for two lawsuits; 2) ordering an increase in her pay without City Council approval, and, now, 3) failure to properly report a loan and contribution to her campaign and failure to tell people who paid to attend a post-election victory party that money would go to her campaign fund. She was cautioned yet again for her failure to follow the law.

Kizer has been in cahoots with Dabbs from the start of their ignominious appearance on the scene in Bryant when they sued to have their names officially listed on the nonpartisan municipal election ballot as Republican Dabbs and Republican Kizer, the better to ingratiate themselves with Republican-trending Bryant voters. This was one of the lawsuits for which Dabbs improperly used campaign money. In this latest Ethics Commission action, Kizer acknowledged failure to tell people who paid to attend a post-election victory party that money would go to her campaign fund and failure to fully report contributions and expenses for the event. She was cautioned for the failings.

What Dabbs and Kizer have done, of course, is give the Republican brand a good tarnishing through disregard for the democratic process, incompetent financial reporting and a general arrogance in conduct of city business. Don't forget that Kizer, too, captured an improper pay increase until the whistle was blown and she had to pay it back, but she escaped ethical censure because she didn't actually order the increase, Dabbs did.

Here's the Ethics Conmission's latest letter of caution to Dabbs.

Here's the Ethics Commission letter of caution to Kizer.

Dabbs, naturally, is spinning to beat the band. Though she accepted the finding of violation and expressly admitted a law violation, she said she disagrees with it. (Huh??) She otherwise characterizes it all as trivial stuff. (She neglects to tell her people she was fined $100, a large punishment in the realm of the Ethics Commission.) It's an attitude that suggests a continued sharp eye on the mayor is in order. And Alderman Danny Steele, who originated the ethics complaints, probably shouldn't sit by the mailbox for an invitation to the mayor's Christmas party. But he better watch how he behaves. Kizer's husband was appointed by Dabbs to head the police force.

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