John Lyon at Arkansas News Bureau provides a prepared statement from Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan’s attorney that confidently predicts the treasurer will be exonerated in a state Ethics Commission review of a massive ethics complaint filed by Matt Campbell, the Little Rock lawyer who publishes the Blue Hog Report.
Jonathan Camp dismissed some allegations about improper campaign activities as untrue or frivolous.
Camp has the defense lawyer’s dilemma — a client who lacks credibility. Milligan illegally hired a relative. A publicly financed insurance fund has had to pay tens of thousands to settle complaints against Milligan for employment practices. He’s hired unqualified people at high pay who, it’s been demonstrated, worked on his campaign while nominally engaged in private employment. He is also the man who famously defended Republican politics by saying what the U.S. needed was another 9/11.
Why do Lyon and others in media persist in labeling Campbell a “liberal” blogger? It’s a factual representation of his personal philosophy as far as I know. But the label — which you rarely see applied to proliferating conservative outlets — suggests a bias to his work. His results — downfall of Mike Maggio, Mark Darr and Dexter Suggs, along with numerous other embarrassments of public officials — speak for themselves. He’s more reliable, in my experience, than some nominally “mainstream” media beholden to financial interests, not to mention the proliferating number of paid lobbyists now trotted out without label as political experts on local talk shows.