A Camden County deputy running as a write-in candidate for second district commissioner says an email soliciting funds from fellow county employees sent while he was on duty was meant as a joke.
Apparently not everyone shares the candidate's sense of humor. Some county officials found it offensive, distasteful and against the rules, including Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin. The email has landed the deputy in trouble with the sheriff's department and resulted in disciplinary action being taken against him.
The email was sent earlier this week from Eddie Emery to a county employee email list while he was on duty. In the email, Emery says, "for as little as $3.00 per employee we can greatly reduce the chance of the courthouse becoming over Lubercated and sliding down a Cliff. Just a little thought."
The email was a play on words using Cliff Luber's name. Emery and Luber will face off for the commission seat in November.
Luber ran in the August primary election for the second district seat, beating out longtime commissioner Thom Gumm on the Republican ticket. No one ran as a Democrat.
Emery stepped forward not long after the election and announced he was running as a write-in candidate for the commission seat. Emery ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination for Camden County Sheriff on the August primary ballot.
When asked, Emery didn't deny sending the email.
"Yes, of course I sent the email, who else would have? It was meant as a joke and most folks around here took it as just that. Apparently some employees did not appreciate the joke and complained," he said. "I apologize to anyone who found the joke to be inappropriate or offensive. As far as the word Lubercated goes... it was funny and made for a good joke."
Emery said he wasn't attempting to solicit funds for his campaign. He said he had heard that President Obama had been asking for citizens to send him $3-$8.
"I found that funny and constructed the email as a joke ― nothing more," he explained.
According to the sheriff's department, Emery's actions were a clear violation of the Camden County personnel policies that address use of county time, equipment and resources for political purposes. Disciplinary action was taken by the sheriff's department against Emery for misuse of his county email and county time.