Lee Dems: Keep it shut, let courts do their work

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mum’s the word for Lee County’s Democratic Executive Committee tonight as the political leadership struggles to deal with controversy of its own creation.

In a nine-minute session, the 20 or so members of the 30-member board agreed to a resolution saying they will not publicly discuss anything to do with a dispute involving Mike Scott, Lee County’s superintendent of education.

“Neither the committee nor its leadership will make further comment on these matters until the litigation is finished,” the resolution stated.

The action looked like a verbal slap at Chairman Eric Hampton, who apparently called a July 12 meeting to condemn Scott’s private life as a Democratic official.

Since then, Scott has sued Hampton and state Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Franks of Mooreville, who started the dust-up with threats to sue Scott and the Lee County School Board. Franks claims Scott broke up his marriage by having an affair with his wife, Lisa, who works for the county school system.

Scott admitted the affair and asked his family’s forgiveness, but said Franks’ behavior broke up his marriage, not Scott.

The Frankses divorced a few months ago.

At tonight’s meeting at the Lee Justice Center, two letters of resignation were “unaccepted” – Claude Hartley and Amaline Rutledge, who said they were leaving because of the action against Scott. They were welcomed back into the fold tonight.

However, Laura Fisher’s resignation was accepted.

Rutledge’s motion to set a December election for new executive committee members also was approved.

After the meeting, Hampton and everyone else declined to comment.