Or, in other words, just because you say something does not make it true.
I saw with amusement that Meagan Hanson has announced her candidacy for State House in Georgia District 80 (Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Sandy Springs). District 80 is a District I used to live in. I was the Republican Party Precinct Chairman for Ashford-Dunwoody Precinct and campaign manager for the late Max Davis, the long-time State Representative for HD80.
Meagan Hanson says on her new website she is running because:
Over the past few years, House District 80 has experienced incredible growth and transformation. Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Chamblee have each seen home values increase, local businesses succeed, and families choose this community to raise their children.
Maintaining these advancements presents serious challenges– especially with prevalent corruption in county governance. Ensuring that our community and our state continue to move in the right direction should be our first priority. To do this, our community needs an effective, principled leader who shares our community’s values and will champion our causes. This is why I am excited to announce my candidacy to represent House District 80.
In the State House, I will work every day protect what we have built in our community. I will work with my colleagues to find solutions to our transportation challenges, fight to keep taxes low, foster successful schools for our children, and hold county governments accountable.
I first met Meagan Hanson when she became state Treasurer of the Georgia Young Republicans. I was a member of the Board of Directors (we were organized as a Georgia non-profit corporation) as the immediate past Chairman of the Board.
I got along well enough with her, though she was a bit quiet. That was until the inquires of another Board member started to indicate there may be something wrong with the organization’s finances. After about of month of investigating, despite the road-blocks thrown up by Chairman Cameron Fash, Treasurer Meagan Hanson, and GYR General Counsel Reagan King, that Board member found enough evidence for me to believe there was probable cause that a significant amount of funds had been misappropriated by Chairman Cameron Fash, likely with, at the very least, Meagan Hanson looking the other way.
I then stepped in and asked as a Member of the BoD for the financial records of the organization to conduct my own investigation, as required by my fiduciary duties as a BoD member. I was refused access to the records by both Cameron Fash and Meagan Hanson and was told I had no right to them. The fight for transparency went all the way to the DeKalb Superior Court and a judge ordering Cameron Fash and Meagan Hanson to turn over the records. Later the Court would rule that the GYR was responsible for all of the court costs and attorney fees.
I will not rehash the 19 page report, which was widely circulated to the other members of the BoD, the officers of the YRNF, and numerous leaders of the Georgia Republican Party, here, but if you want to read it for yourself, you can download it here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rsn_Eavo8G69pG37Jp8_KBjWy9JiO56AmaU2clbV–U/edit?usp=sharing
The fight over the financial records, or what they contained, did not go unnoticed by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, which quoted John Jett, one of the attorneys who, along with Meagan Hanson’s husband, David, represented Meagan and Cameron Fash, “Very few people or organizations would like to have their documents shared with law enforcement.”
In the end, my investigation ended when Meagan Hanson stood up at our next BoD meeting and simply declared I was no longer a member of the Board. We had a procedure to remove Board members; notice, due process, the right to defend one’s actions, and a 2/3 vote to remove…but Meagan Hanson did not feel a need to follow it. As the rest of the officers, knowing they could drag out the fight until my term would naturally expire, went along with it, I concentrated on other issues. Meagan Hanson’s reward was to become the next State Chairman of the Georgia Young Republicans.
If DeKalb and Fulton voters in HD 80 want someone who will fight corruption, it’s not the person who has swept corruption under the rug to further her own political ambitions.