“The Great Pretender” – Greg Seabolt

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The political race for the Randolph County, North Carolina office of Sheriff is entering into it final primary election days. There are two candidates that have filed for office on the Republican ticket which has caused a primary election to be held on May 8, 2018. The current duly elected and appointed by the Randolph County GOP according to the North Carolina elections law is Sheriff Robert Graves. His opponent is “The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt.

Every time “The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt speaks or when some of his supporters speak, it reminds me of the song by The Platters “The Great Pretender”. Just in case you need to refresh your memory of what the old classic song lyrics are, here it is:

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“The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt

Oh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Pretending I’m doing well (ooh ooh)
My need is such I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Adrift in a world of my own (ooh ooh)
I play the game but to my real shame
You’ve left me to dream all alone

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Ooh ooh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh)
I seem to be what I’m not (you see)
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around

Yeah ooh hoo
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Oh yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh)
I seem to be what I’m not you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re
Pretending that you’re still around

That song pretty much sums up the Greg Seabolt campaign and what he has broadcast out to the public as I see it. He is “The Great Pretender”. (Click here for the song and lyrics on YouTube)

So, let’s take a look at “The Great Pretender’s” campaign.

“The Great Pretender” is pretending that he is qualified better than our current Sheriff to hold that office. No, not even close. The current Sheriff has held this position since Sheriff Maynard Reid, Jr. died while holding the office of Sheriff on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. A little over 2 years ago. While Sheriff Graves has been in office he has conducted a successful campaign of fighting crime, instituting rules and community service programs to assist in fighting crime and protecting our citizens. The current Sheriff has served as a supervisor with the North Carolina Highway Patrol in the position of Lieutenant. He retired after over 30 years of service. 16 of those years were in a supervisory capacity as Sergeant, First Sergeant and as Lieutenant with the Highway Patrol. He has had numerous training classes as a supervisor and he has learned how to deal with personnel matters.

Now, let’s talk about “The Great Pretender’s” training as a supervisor and actual hands on experience as a supervisor. Well, that’s the end of that subject for “The Great Pretender”. His training and actual experience would be absolutely ZERO.

Now, let’s move onto “The Great Pretender’s” campaign straight off his website.

  1. Open Communication and Transparency. Sheriff Robert Graves already has this and is doing this. He is using various social media and personal appearances to bolster the Sheriff’s office and what the Sheriff’s office is doing. Unlike “The Great Pretender’s” campaign of distortion, half-truths and the tearing down of good men and women that put their life on the line each day to protect the citizens of Randolph County.
  2. Eradication of Illicit Drug Trafficking in Randolph County. Sheriff Robert Graves is working hard along with the men and women at the Sheriff’s office to remove drugs from our county. He is working with other agencies and taking a leading role in taking drugs off our streets and out the hands of our children. He seeks longer jail times and harsher sentences for these criminals. Unlike “The Great Pretender” that only wants to talk about what he would pretend to do if elected. Our Sheriff is doing the work now, not just talking about it.
  3. Proactive Property Crime Prevention. Sheriff Robert Graves is doing what the budget will allow him to do. He is using his personnel to reduce crime in all areas. The Sheriff can only work within his department’s budget. He also has to use money for other areas. “The Great Pretender” would have you to believe that he alone can do this like waiving a magic wand to come up with the money. His budget would be endless and pull money out of our pockets to try and accomplish anything that “The Great Pretender” thinks is going to just sounds like a good idea.
  4. Reducing Call Response Time. Sheriff Robert Graves works hard to make sure his Deputies arrived safely to your calls of help. Satellite offices have been done in the past and there still may be some operating now. However, the best deterrent is a man or women in the car working the area, not sitting in an office drinking coffee. “The Great Pretender” wouldn’t know this since he hasn’t any supervisory experience.
  5. Thorough Crime Investigation. It is easy for “The Great Pretender” to sit back and make promises about thorough crime investigations verses actually do the investigation. The very first investigation I solved as a detective was a breaking and entering and larceny into a home. There was no known witnesses and it had been a cold case for about 4 months when I received it. Another two months went by before I was able to gather the information I needed to obtain warrants and then successfully bring the criminals to court and see justice done. If you have a murder case and a larceny case to occur at the same time but different victims and crime scenes, which would get the priority. Of course, the homicide case would and rightfully so. Oh, I am sorry this would be a management view point, something “The Great Pretender” doesn’t have. That is why he missed the boat on this one.
  6. No Political Maneuvering. Come on, I guess “The Great Pretender” really believes that the people will believe this, or did he say that just to try and receive votes. The very idea of Sheriff all over the United States is a political office. Sheriff Robert Graves is working as a Sheriff should. “The Great Pretender” is just blowing smoke with this one point. You cannot separate politics and the Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina or anywhere else. “The Great Pretender” is doing what he does best, pretending.
  7. Policy and Procedural Standardization. To be certified as a CLAEA Department takes a lot of time and money. It doesn’t necessarily make the department a better department. Good supervisors understand this and work within the department’s budget to see that the people that work for them have proper minimum training standards and more if the training budget would allow it. In order to receive this accreditation, it cost a minimum of $11,450.00 to $16,125.00 one-time fee, pass or fail, plus an annual charge of $4,065.00 to $5,000.00 to keep the accreditation depending on the number of deputies. In addition to this cost a complete over haul of the way records would be kept along with other standards that would have to be implemented. This would be money that could be used toward number 5 above. It looks like “The Great Pretender” missed this one as well.
  8. Personal Accountability in the Office. I don’t think this is a problem that is going on now. Just look at the number of ex-employees that use to work at the Sheriff’s Office that had to leave for various reasons. DWI, not following procedures just to name two. Now, let’s ask “The Great Pretender” how is Operation Red Sleigh going? I can’t see anywhere online that you have published an independent audit of where the funds and gifts came from or where they went. Did all of the money go to needed children? Did all of the gifts go to needed children? Did criminal activity pay for any of these gifts? We simply do not know how many thousands of dollars have been misused, if any, because “The Great Pretender” hasn’t given a personal accountability of how he has over seen the funding and dispersing on the money and gifts. The bad part of this is people will not ask because they are embarrassed to question his accountability. I’m not embarrassed to ask. I would hope everything would be the way it should be, but we really do not know.
  9. Adequate Training and Equipment. What was written by “The Great Pretender” sounds great. Sheriff Robert Graves is already doing this and probably more. These requirements are set out by law for law enforcement officers in North Carolina. “The Great Pretender” repeating something that is required by law as his idea. Pretending again.
  10. A Safe Randolph County Jail. No matter what is done there will be fights and injuries, including death in the jails to the inmates and officers. It is just a sound bite to say this, so it will sound good, but you can only do so much. If a prisoner wants to do something they will do it if the opportunity arises. This has been this way since jails were conceived and will always be that way. Another sound bite for “The Great Pretender”.

“The Great Pretender’s” campaign is not without fault and neither is “The Great Pretender” although he would like you to believe he is. One of the endorsers for him is a man that was married, and they had a child. That is good, however this man was seeing another woman while he was married. That was not good. By the way, this man left his wife and child to marry this other lady. Oh, but I guess “The Great Pretender” shut his eyes and pretended it did not happen so he could use this endorsement. Speaking of low ethics, thank you “Great Pretender”

Okay, what is the real reason “The Great Pretender” did not try to be promoted when he was working with the Highway Patrol. He says it was because he didn’t want to move. But, we also have to consider a range of other reasons. Maybe he is just lazy and did not want the extra work. Maybe he just didn’t want the extra money in salary and retirement. Maybe he has skeletons in his closet that would not allow him to be promoted. Maybe he had a cushioned job here in Randolph County that allowed his to take longer breaks, lunches or just hide instead of patrolling our highways as he should when he was being paid to do that. Only “The Great Pretender” can answer some of these questions because personnel records are not a public record. These are still questions that we should all be asking.

There is a prominent attorney that is supporting “The Great Pretender” by using what attorney’s use best the mouth. This attorney is constantly bashing Sheriff Robert Graves and the Randolph County GOP for what he believes was dirty politics. Everything that the Randolph County GOP and Sheriff Robert Graves has done has been legal and I guess that is why this attorney wants to fire things up by insulting and make believing things were not. It’s funny how things go. This very same attorney was the head of the GOP in Randolph County. He used politics to help other people to get jobs and promotions. I know this is true because he helped me obtain my job with the State of North Carolina by writing a letter for me and talking to other political people on my behalf. He even told me he wouldn’t help unless I would help “sign up” people to join the Republican party. Dang, doesn’t that sound like politics to you Randolph County citizens? Of course, “The Great Pretender is against this, remember?

“The Great Pretender” started his campaign long before the actual filing period began. The problem is this. “The Great Pretender” is running against the Republican party and not against Sheriff Robert Graves. “The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt is running a smear campaign against all citizens of Randolph County that are registered Republicans. He has called the local GOP out as being unfair, and full of people that… well you can guess. It’s something how “The Great Pretender” thinks. He never shows up for a GOP event until he decides he wants to run for public office as a Republican. He then bashes the party he is a member of and is running on behalf of in a political position. Then he stops coming to party activities and gets even more upset because he pretends the party is against him, so he can try to get the emotional vote instead of people actually realizing what is going on and making the correct choice.

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“The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt

I hope that everyone will vote in the primary on May 8, 2018. Please remember, when you vote, don’t vote for “The Great Pretender” because that is what he is. He is pretending to have your needs in his mind but is actually looking after his own needs. The line that stands out in my mind in this song is: “I’m wearing my heart like a crown”

The proper vote would be for Sheriff Robert Graves. He is already doing a great job as Sheriff each and every day and has been since the very early part of 2016. This is who I will vote for and who I endorse for Sheriff of Randolph County.

One last thing, click this link to hear a great song and read the lyrics as you listen.

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The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

(This article is an opinion writing from The Southern Shout Out)

Beware of Fundraising in the Sheriff Election

Everyone has Facebook and now it seems the local Randolph County Sheriff’s race is using Facebook for fundraising.

I saw on my Facebook page a supporter for Seabolt for Sheriff had posted he was selling tickets to win a 9mm, Smith & Wesson MP Shield. The post was “Ok, I got 3 gun raffle tickets left and looking for an owner for them. Drawing is Friday. If you win , you will be the owner of a Smith &Wesson MP Shield 9mm….”

After an exchange of post and the question was asked what is the benefit for was it told it was for Greg Seabolt.

Greg Seabolt is running for Sheriff in the local election against the current Sheriff Robert Graves.

This is only one supporter that I saw posting the raffle for the gun, but it would appear he wasn’t going to tell that the money was going to Greg Seabolt until he was asked. I would hope the tickets would have what the money is going to so people would know that they were giving money to Seabolt. This may have just been a mistake on his part or it could have been intentional, only he knows.

If this was intentional, this tactic is a little deceitful in my opinion to try to get you to buy something with the money going toward an election candidate and you wouldn’t know it until you actually saw the ticket.

The supporter should have disclosed up front on his post what the money that was being raised was going to. Every fundraiser that I can remember always explains up front how the money will be used.

It’s even possible the money could be going to Seabolt for medical expenses or any number of other reasons. Whatever is the reason, it needs to be disclosed in the very beginning without having to be asked.

So, what does this mean to everyone? If you do not know where your money is going in any fundraiser you should ask. You should always know where your money is going and what cause it will be applied to.

Just to have a total disclosure, I am supporting the current Sheriff Robert Graves in this upcoming Republican primary election.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.