JAY KOON DISMISSES CLAIM …
|| By FITSNEWS || With the support of S.C. governor Nikki Haley, State Senator Katrina Shealy and interim county sheriff Lewis McCarty in his back pocket, Jay Koon‘s election as the next sheriff of Lexington County, S.C. appears to be a foregone conclusion.
Hell, we’ve even had family members urge us not to rock the boat related to his candidacy …
And to be fair, there may be nothing to “rock.” The 42-year-old law man could very well be the clean-cut, family values candidate he holds himself out to be … just as he could very will win the March 3 “Republican” primary election for this local office outright.
However, buried within an otherwise glowing story about Koon published this week by The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper was a very troubling reference.
Specifically, Koon was accused by one of his challengers of being “connected” to former Lexington, S.C. town councilman Danny Frazier.
Frazier, of course, was one of several individuals indicted last year in connection with the “Lexington Ring” – a cabal of corrupt politicians and crooked cops accused of running an illegal video poker operation (and other for-profit schemes) in the county. In fact Frazier was surreptitiously recorded describing the inner workings of the “ring’s” illegal operations in early 2012 – although Haley’s administration failed to act on this evidence.
Koon dismissed the allegation, telling reporter Tim Flach of The State that it was “political hyperbole.”
But is it? Multiple sources have told FITS about the “connection” between Koon and Frazier – although in fairness to Koon nothing we’ve seen nothing at this point which would lead us to believe he had anything to do with the “ring’s” activities.
Still … given the scandal that befell the most recent occupant of this office (and the erosion of public trust which followed), any proximity to the “ring” is cause for real concern. And further investigation.
Koon and three other candidates (Richland County deputy Justin Britt, veteran criminal justice instructor Ed Felix and West Columbia, S.C. police chief Dennis Tyndall) are all vying to fill the office vacated in December 2014 by James Metts – who spent forty-two years as sheriff before his career was undone by corruption related to the “ring.”
@fitsnews known Jay all my life. He's one of the few "boy scouts" left in this world. I couldn't think of a better man 4 LCSD right now.
— Ricky Sanders (@BIGGUN9572) February 16, 2015