Sheriff Candidate Keith Muncey Sheathes His Sword
SAN ANGELO, TX — In a turnabout of rhetoric, candidate for Tom Green County Sheriff Keith Muncey presented an olive branch to opponent J. Nick Hanna and his supporters following the dust-up of criticism of over Hanna being a retired DPS trooper and Texas Ranger who would double-dip retirement benefits if elected sheriff. See Long Knives Drawn Against Former Texas Ranger in Race for Tom Green County Sheriff.
The controversy started when San Angelo Airport Policeman Bruce Burkett, a Muncey supporter, wrote a 581-word essay in criticism of Hanna on Facebook, alleging Hanna would reap additional retirement benefits atop his existing State of Texas retirement benefits if he was elected sheriff.
“This election is about the tax payer…” Burkett began his post. He also took a shot at Hanna for being appointed Chief Deputy upon retirement from the Texas Rangers instead of seeing the current Sheriff David Jones promoting someone from within the organization. You can read Burkett’s post here.
Muncey distanced himself from the criticism of his opponent on Monday. “Neither Nick nor I can control what our supporters say about one another,” he said.
Muncey said there are negative rumors originating from both sides in what has become the most heated and contested political campaign of the March 3 primary. Early voting continues through Friday. Election Day is Tuesday.
“I have strong supporters and so does my opponent. I will continue to run a clean campaign and encourage my opponent and his supporters to do the same. I ask that supporters on both sides not engage in negative attacks and phone calls or make false statements,” he wrote in a press release.
Burkett posted Hanna’s response to his criticisms on his Facebook page. The next morning, Feb. 24, Burkett was again asking why the sheriff position is not chosen from within the ranks of the current department instead of electing outsiders, like Texas Rangers, to run the office.
“My slogan referencing being vested in the community for 40 years is not a dig on my opponent or his family. It is my slogan because I am proud of what I have accomplished in my life, where I am from and where I have made my home for 40 years. That just happens to be Tom Green County!” Muncey said in the press release. Muncey stated that he has worked for the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office for almost two decades.
Recommended for You
Get more stories like this by signing up for our daily newsletter, The LIVE! Daily.