Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington doesn’t much like the proverbial corner that Earl McCoy has backed him into with facts and figures that do not lie. The prosecutor’s office is a real mess. Criminals are getting off scot-free, and an alleged murderer is roaming Lafayette’s streets while continually committing crimes in taunting fashion. Police officers and victims are frustrated by the lack of competency in the prosecutor’s office.
Political insiders say that Harrington is desperate and believes there is a real chance that he will be defeated by Earl McCoy in the primary race for prosecutor. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the smear campaign concocted by the Harrington political team is a telling sign that they are worried. Very worried. And they should be.
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington has begun a smear campaign against his opponent by bringing up decades old misdemeanor charges when McCoy was a teenager. McCoy isn’t running from his past. In fact, he is embracing it, and using it as an opportunity to inspire young people that it’s never too late to turn one’s life around and become a productive member of society. He posted a video to his McCoy for Prosecutor Facebook page where he aptly addresses the political smears.
“I have not tried to hide anything,” said McCoy. “When I was twenty years old I plead guilty, was placed on probation and given a chance to change my life. I seized that opportunity, learned from my mistakes, continued my education and grew up to become the man who has been asked by the community to run for prosecutor.”
The political assassination attempts by Harrington and his puppeteers seem to have backfired as McCoy’s supporters continue to speak out.
“Your honesty about your past is what has already gotten you my vote. I can resonate with everything that you said & transparency is a rare but awesome quality sorely lacking in most public offices these days,” wrote Mandy Selleck in response to McCoy’s video message.
“Very well said,” wrote Beth Platenga. “You definitely have my vote. Thank you so much for your honesty and transparency.”
Don Sturgill agrees: “Great video Earl, you are not a bad guy, most everyone has faults somewhere in their life, and it’s up to them to straighten their life out. In your case you did and you proved it years ago. You have our vote no matter what Your opponent does or says!”
“If your opponent wants to bring up old cases it only shows that he really doesn’t believe “paying your debt to society” is workable. At what point is someone “debt free”? Never??,” asked Jon Held.
Lori Weimer wrote, “Harrington needs to give HIS character a checkup!”
Lori Ann Aldridge summed up her feelings, “Everyone should be given a secomd chance. Your juvenile record should not evem be brought up. I appreciate you don’t feel the need to sling dirt like Pat Harrington does. He has nothing else to do because he knows you ARE WHAT TIPPECANOE WANTS. AS A PROSECUTOR HE SHOULD HAVE TRIED MORE THAN 2 CASES IN 11YRS. THAT’S WHAT HE WAS ELECTED TO DO AND CLEARLY HAS NOT DONE HIS JOB. DEFINITELY TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!! YOU’VE GOT MY VOTE AND AM GLAD TO KNOW YOU AS A FRIEND EARL!!!!!!!!!”
Maybe Earl should be thanking Harrington for the opportunity. It seems to have paid huge dividends.