In the mayor Tim Kelly’s rebukes to Marie Mott in favor of city council incumbent Marvene Noel, does he violate the Little Hatch Act in state law at T.C.A. 2-19-202, particularly when he endorses Mrs. Noel personally and as mayor, as evidenced in his presentation recorded on Facebook at 3:41?
Kelly backs incumbent, rips Mott at 3:40
The answer from Mayor Kelly’s office comes back in short order from staffer Ellis Smith. It’s not much of an answer. “In general, elected officials are exempted from certain provisions of the act. However, you’d need to speak with an attorney familiar with these matters on a specific question.”
He endorses her as a person and also as mayor. The law indicates Mayor Kelly is prohibited from using his office to endorse or rip a candidate from his office.
(a) It is unlawful for any public officer or employee to use such person’s official position, authority or influence to interfere with an election or nomination for office or directly or indirectly attempt to intimidate, coerce or command any other officer or employee to vote for or against any measure, party or person, or knowingly receive or pay assessments of any kind or character for political purposes or for election expenses from any other officer or employee.
(b) It is the intent of this section to prohibit any political intimidation or coercion of any public officer or employee.
Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-19-202 (emphasis added)
Of course Kelley is exempt from the Laws. How else could he function as Mayor (boss of a criminal organization known as a Municipal corporation)?
He is bound to violate the People’s Constitution, and coerce them with violence to participate in the constructive fraud that he, and his handlers, that he has been placed “in authority” over the People.
His high and mighty position enable him to run others down. As a car dealer, he applied that lofty status to defrauding the People to sign their Power of Attorney over to his corporation, so that his corporation (a legal fiction) could surrender the title for the purchased property to the STATE (a legal fiction).
Now, since he has been voted for by a few thousand “residents,” that supposedly enables him to “rule” over all the People of Chattanooga.
If the People of Tennessee decide they don’t like it, they would have to stand up, and apply their Constitution to all of the criminal organizations in the Republic of Tennessee.
After all, even the governor thinks he is “vested” with power, by a few thousand residents.