Mercer County Democratic Chairman Richard McClellan is accusing Republicans of playing politics with their call for the county inspector general to investigate an incident involving the Democratic sheriff, Kevin Larkin.
“(Mercer GOP Chairman Roy) Wesley and his unsuccessful candidate (James) McSorely are trying to do through subterfuge what they could not do in the ballot box, unseat popular Mercer County Sheriff Kevin Larkin,” McClellan said. “The fact that they have sent this letter to the press before delivering it to the addressee (Inspector General Robert) Farkas betrays the purely partisan motivation of their request.”
McClellan said that he wants Farkas to look into the matter “along the exact parameters suggested by Mr. Wesley.”
“We are both confident that; given the many errors in Mr. Wesley’s account of events; and given that, the Sheriff and the adjunct instructor in question had a long history of amicable relations prior to this incident, that the inquiry by Mr. Farkas as requested by Mr. Wesley will serve to clear up the matter and reveal no malfeasance on the part of the Sheriff,” McClellan said. “The fulfillment of his request will provide only more evidence that he is a purely partisan political creature who will say anything, may up anything and twist anything for his own ambitious ends.”
“I have spoken with Sheriff Larkin and he regrets that this incident has become blown up far beyond its merits and he regrets further that his family has been unfairly hurt by this incident,” said McClellan.