Winner: Investigaton Was a "Witch Hunt" Against Dan Farrand
Winner: Investigation Was a Waste of Resources
March 20, 2013
ELMIRA, NY - Former State Senator George Winner, who continues his legal career at the Keyser, Maloney and Winner Law Firm in Elmira since leaving the state senate, talked today about Rathbone Town Supervisor Dan Farrand, and the investigation into Farrand and several other town officials in Rathbone.
The District Attorney for Chemung County, Weeden Wetmore, has announced that he is not going to prosecute Farrand or any of the other candidates from the November 8, 2011, Town of Rathbone elections. While Wetmore was very critical of Farrand and other town officials for allegedly encouraging voters to file absentee ballots that year, Farrand maintains that he was only acting on advice from an election official.
According to George Winner, the whole thing was nothing but a witch hunt. "I just think that the expenditure of money here of a hundred and some interviews by the state police is a tremendous waste of resources, for something that did not arise to be an illegal act," Winner tells WLEA/WCKR News. "Farrand should be grateful that this is behind him now, as he has been more victimized really by a campaign by a disgruntled journalist, who just might have personality conflict, and continued to write about this when there was nothing to really criticize him for," Winner stated.
Winner did not name the reporter he was talking about.