Things have turned ugly in Lebanon County.
State Representative Mauree Gingrich is condemning HD-102 GOP nominee Russ Diamond for remarks he was taped saying.
In the video, an unknown distressed woman films her conversation with Diamond, who appears to be pretending to be asleep.
At the end of the conversation, when the woman mentions that Diamond has lied to the police before and badmouthed them, Diamond mumbles “Every cop is a pig and a liar.”
“I am the proud daughter, sister and aunt of PA State Troopers,” said Gingrich, “this disgusting sentiment expressed by Diamond proves that he is unfit to hold any office.”
“Right now, as I speak, State Troopers and local law enforcement officers are searching for cop killer Eric Frein to try and apprehend him before he kills again,” Rep. Gingrich continued. “These brave men and women are risking their lives, only to be equated by Mr. Diamond to “pigs and liars.”
Diamond has a troubled personal history. Two separate women filed for protection orders against him eleven years apart (in 2002 and 2013).
These facts led the Lebanon County GOP to ask Diamond to take his name off the ballot in August, yet Diamond refused.
Russ Diamond has never been a favorite of the establishment GOP, ever since he started the “Clean Sweep” movement after the 2005 legislative pay raise.
Diamond is running against Democratic nominee Jake Long and independent candidate Robert McAteer for the open 102nd legislative seat. HD-102 represents part of Lebanon County.
Update: Diamond gave the following response to PoliticsPA (The link at the bottom accuses Lebanon County DA Dave Arnold of leaking the video to benefit McAteer’s candidacy):
This video is a purposefully edited piece intended to paint me in the worst light possible, for political gain.
The statement about law enforcement is not my sentiment. It is the sentiment of the woman recording the video, that I am repeating to her in response to a suggestion that she might call the police. She uttered that phrase to me hundreds of times.
The woman in the video sexually assaulted me by grabbing my private parts. I grabbed her wrist in self-defense. When she stated that she would call the cops, I repeated that her own sentiments to her in astonishment.
The Annville Township police were very helpful to me during my troubling time trying to help this woman, and I am grateful to them.
This video footage was recorded in the privacy of my home without my knowledge or consent. That is a violation of Pennsylvania and US law. Distribution and solicitation of such recordings are also violations of the law. All of the above are considered felonies.
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