The Waco Trib reports six former sheriff's deputies are suing new McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.
The reason? They were let go when McNamara took over and they claim it's in retaliation for supporting McNamara's primary opponent Randy Plemons. According to the Trib, the lawsuit states:
Through the guise of ‘reorganization,’ defendant McNamara has engaged in a carefully orchestrated plan of demoting and discharging numerous employees of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department who supported Plemons’ campaign, and has replaced them with individuals who supported his own campaign for sheriff,” the lawsuit states. “In many instances, the individuals demoted or discharged had substantially more experience than their successors.”
You do remember how nasty and contentious the GOP primary for sheriff was, don't you? You do remember the constant questioning by the Plemons campaign of McNamara's qualifications and integrity to be sheriff, right?
I don't know the six guys who are suing McNamara. And, for the record, it's my opinion that Plemons got bad campaign advice from somewhere, went negative and stuck with it. However, there were some people in both camps who really didn't like the other guy. There was real animosity in this campaign.
I bring all that up to make this point: why should McNamara (or any other new sheriff) trust that the very same people who were out there campaigning against him and questioning his ability and qualifications to even do the job in the first place? And why should he have to keep them on the job? If they were some of the same people implying, like the campaign ad above did, that he was some sort of immature kid not ready for the responsibilities of being a real lawman (you know, not like those pretend U.S. Marshals), do you think they're all of a sudden going to change their opinion and get on board with him as sheriff?
McNamara's argument is that he's promoted some Plemons supporters so there's no merit to the accusations that he's seeking retribution against Plemons supporters in general.
And one more point. The lawsuit seeks compensation for time and benefits lost and "severe emotional suffering and mental anguish." Really? Emotional suffering and mental anguish? The only suffering or mental anguish they should still be experiencing is that of their guy losing an election.