Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff Republican Primary candidate, denied claims in a recently-released television ad that says he will be a pension double-dipper if elected. He also disputed the “negative” ad’s description of him as a “politician.”
In an exclusive to Brevard Times, Ivey said, “First and foremost the negative ad describes me as ‘just another in a long line of politicians.’ I have never been a candidate for office and in fact never even ran for Student Council in High School. I have been a law enforcement officer my entire life, working for over 31 years to protect our citizens against criminals.
“The term ‘Double-Dipper’ refers to someone that retires in a certain position, sits out of service for 30 days or 6 months and then is rehired by the same agency in the same position drawing the same salary as before. I am not doing that and like our military personnel who work for 20 years and then retire before going back into service as law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other productive members of the work force, I have significant experience that would benefit Brevard County as your Sheriff.”
Ivey added that his campaign has remained positive and he points the finger at backers of his opponent, Todd Maddox, for the “negative” ad.
“There is no doubt that this was a negative ad and a clear sign of desperation,” Ivey said. “In fact, it is a negative ad aired by a ‘shadowy’ special interest group that was financed by five people who are each documented supporters of the Maddox team in his campaign expenditure reports.
“Our campaign has remained positive and focused on the issues vital to protecting this community. I am proud to say that we have left the negative campaigning to others and in fact have repeatedly been complimented on the positive nature of our campaign efforts.”
Maddox did not respond to an inquiry for this article. However, Maddox has claimed – in other media sources – that the ad is not being run by his campaign.
Ivey and Maddox square off on Tuesday August 14 in the Republican primary. The winner will face Democrat Adrian Moss-Beasley in the general election in November.
Go here to view both candidates’ profiles: http://government.brevardtimes.com/2012/08/brevard-county-sheriff-republican.html