During the 2008 election, Covington City Commissioner Steve Megerle, along with two associates (Jerry Bramberger and Craig Johnson) paid for and distributed flyers out of the campaign fund outing fellow Commissioner Shawn Masters. Last week, they were found guilty of breaking Kentucky election rules that required full disclosure; that is, they did not put on the flyer that it had been paid for by the campaign. All three admitted guilt (read Megerle's and Bamberger's statements, both accepting full responsibility).
Not content to let it slide, the judge in the case dressed them down in court for their actions:
Hon. Kenneth Easterling, Kenton District Court: "To put a piece of literature in mailboxes or on cars is political bigotry. Nothing else, but political bigotry and it's shameful."Content that justice had been served, Megerle refused to resign. Calls were made to rally at the next Commission meeting, people were making phone calls -- you know, all the good activist stuff that should be happening.
That is, until tonight, when Steve Megerle resigned via a statement.
From Back2Stonewall.com's post:
There was applause in a crowded commission chambers after his letter was read.I echo Wolfie's sentiment: BRAVO TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED HARD ON THIS!!!!
Megele couldn;t resist some last snipoing though wiritng in his resignation that: that he wholeheartedly believed if charges had been brought to remove him as a commissioner “I would have successfully defended them.” Megerle also wrote that he decided against fighting to stay on the commission “because I want the city to move forward without the distractions that I now realize will be created by others with obvious political agendas,”