TUPELO – Don’t expect any public comments from Lee County’s Democratic Executive Committee about a controversy of its own making – criticism of the county’s elected education chief.
Tuesday night, 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 Superintendent Mike Scott.
“Neither the committee nor its leadership will make further comment on these matters until the litigation is finished,” stated the one-paragraph resolution offered by James Hull. It passed unanimously.
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.
Hampton also met with the Lee County School Board about Scott.
Last night’s meeting was called around Hampton through a petition signed by 19 board members, its secretary, Kellie Sanchez, explained after the meeting.
Tupelo attorney Lawrence Deas presided at Hampton’s request.
Since mid-July, 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 Tuesday night’s meeting at the Lee Justice Center, two letters of resignation were “unaccepted” – Claude Hartley and Amaline Rutledge, who a few weeks ago said they were leaving because of the action against Scott. They were welcomed back into the fold.
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, Hull and everyone else declined to comment.
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