Tim Impallaria has some splainin’ to do. For those three Dagger readers that weren’t forced to see every crazy accusation and counter-accusation in the Sheriff’s race, Tim Impallaria is the President of the Harford County Sheriff’s Deputy Union. Obviously the campaign made a serious mistake by backing Jesse Bane for re-election in hindsight. The PAC spent a lot on trying to get Bane re-elected. $20,000 on mailings, $1,250 in cash, another $500 to John Ryan during the primary, $800 for Bane t-shirts (I’m really amazed that all the actual expenses for the campaign were even numbers, I’ve never seen that before). It probably comes as no surprise to anybody that on November 7th the Union wrote a $1,500 check to Jeff Gahler. Oh, I hope it makes up for that letter from Impallaria reminding all the voters that correctional deputies aren’t deputies.
But that’s not what interests me. What I find interesting are the donations made in October. See, the Sheriff’s Deputies were very clear with their endorsements, and who wasn’t endorsed. The only state person endorsed was Tim’s brother Rick, and the Union chose not to endorse in Council District E and F. According to their release the process ended October 4th and that deputies had the choice to not endorse.
So why did the Deputies Union PAC write checks to candidates that the Deputies did not endorse?
Curtis Buelah got a $500 check, Patrick Vincenti got a $500 check, Mary Ann Lisanti got $500, Glen Glass got $500, Pat McDonough got $500, and Wayne Norman got $750. None of these people were endorsed, some weren’t even incumbents (luckily for Tim they all won and the only real damage was the Sheriff’s race). Add on top of that $4,000 to Barry Glassman’s Harford Leadership Slate and $6,000 to the mysterious “Deer Creek PAC” (More on that later). But how can the Deputies PAC give money to people that the Deputies didn’t endorse? What was the basis?
Tim, what is going on here?