After seeing someone named Ed Caffrey ‘quote’ me incorrectly on public news sites twice over the past week regarding the Great Falls Crime Task Force, I decided it was time to set the record straight.
The following comment was attributed to Mr. Caffrey on the Great Falls Tribune Facebook page; I simply thought Caffrey was misremembering something I said. Quoting Caffrey:
“In conclusion, I supported and voted for Mr. Tryon. I did so because of his campaign statements about Supporting/helping the average GF citizen, and curbing the waste of our tax dollars. HIS PREVIOUS STATEMENT: “This task force will not recommend anything that raises taxes.” – https://www.facebook.com/greatfallstribune/posts/4322398821129917
But then earlier today I saw that Caffrey made the almost exact same false claim on this blog’s (E-City Beat) Facebook page.
I immediately contacted ECB and requested that they ask Caffrey to provide the citation for the false quote attributed to me that he is spreading on local news media sites.
Nowhere have I ever ‘PROMISED’ that the Task Force will not recommend “anything that raises taxes”. That is a fabrication. Period.
You can Google, goggle, search until the cows come home, read every article written on the subject of the Great Falls Task Force, and sweep the interwebs with a fine-tooth comb and never once will you find the ‘quote’ that Caffrey attributes to me.
Why? Because I never said it.
I have been abundantly clear and the record proves without a doubt that I have never and would never even imply that I could make any such guarantees or ‘promises’ regarding the recommendations of the Task Force, of which I am a non-voting, ex-officio member.
Using quotations marks and specific attributions meant to mislead the public is dishonest. I don’t mind if someone disagrees with me or has honest questions about what I say, but I don’t appreciate blatant misrepresentation of the truth.