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Party tested over charges

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Dyer County Democratic Party has been tested over the last several months, with two of the four elected leaders indicted and the party's representative on the election commission arrested.

Party chairman Winona Brewer, 49, 133 Gurley Dr., was secretly indicted last week by the Dyer County Grand Jury for fraud in connection with taking almost $40,000 from an elderly neighbor. She was arrested Thursday and released on a $10,000 bond.

Brewer is a delegate for presidential contender Hillary Clinton and on Clinton's Tennessee steering committee.

Orby Tavian Robertson, 49, 8704 Highway 412, was elected as party secretary in June 2007, the same month he was indicted for statutory rape for engaging in oral sex with a boy between the ages of 13 and 18.

He was removed from the post after the indictment.

William Hardy resigned from the Dyer County Election Commission as the Democratic representative in June 2007. Hardy, who was chairman of the commission, was arrested in January 2007 for leaving the scene of an accident after he drove a car into a ditch on Jan. 1 while allegedly attempting to buy marijuana.

Brewer is scheduled to appear in city court on April 21.

Robertson's case has been reset four times; his next court date is scheduled for April 29. He had been undergoing counseling in the interim.

Hardy's case was resolved after he voluntarily entered a treatment program.

Dr. Thomas Parnell, who sits on the Dyer County Election Commission as the representative for the Democratic Party, said on Saturday he was not aware of Brewer's indictment.

"I would presume when the story comes out the members [of the party] would have to have a committee meeting," said Parnell.

Parnell said guidance from the Tennessee Democratic Party is needed "to determine if an indictment alone" is reason to remove Brewer from the local leadership.

"I would suspect there has to be a meeting to decide," said Parnell.

Calls seeking comment on the matter from the Tennessee Democratic Party last week were not returned as of press time.

Clinton's Tennessee steering committee in December removed the names of Halls resident Gladys Armour Crane and former House Majority Leader Tommy Burnett.

Crane was convicted in a federal case in 1981 over highway bids.

Burnett was jailed in 1984 for failing to file an income tax return. He returned to prison later when he was arrested in the federal "Operation Rocky Top" corruption probe.

Burnett is currently a lobbyist.

E-mails seeking comment from the Clinton campaign about Brewer's indictment were not returned as of press time.

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Good Lord , I haven't seen soo many lowlives in one article in my life. THANK GOD I'M A REPUBLICAN . It's all you scum suckin liberals that are the matter with our country. It's no wonder you won't correct your heithen children your all screwed up your selves .

-- Posted by cacy101 on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 10:48 AM

Now, now Cacy. Republicans get into trouble too and that's even worse. Republicans know better.

-- Posted by charleyraww on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 1:52 PM

i think i just read the most ignorant comment ever

-- Posted by jeramy on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 4:49 PM

Hahaha I'm so glad I left the Democratic party last year. But to say some how Republicans are "better" is just flat out retarded.

-- Posted by jonboon on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 5:04 PM

Opps. I was shooting for satire and obviously missed.

-- Posted by charleyraww on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 6:09 PM

No wonder the Democratic Party opposes "Three strikes and you're out"


-- Posted by augielio on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 7:11 AM

not all democrats are like that cacy1.there are just as many screwed up republicans if not more.and as for the kids comment you should be ashamed,i have 2 beautiful children and am trying to raise them right with good honest beliefs.and i am happy to be a DEMOCRAT.....

-- Posted by tnmama on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 8:28 AM

just remember, folks -- these people vote, too, and according to their values which are a reflection of the canidates they support. So, who you gonna vote for at the poles?

-- Posted by exresident on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 9:05 AM

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