The arrest of a sitting supervisor is something we don’t see very often.
The fact that it was tied to the ongoing political turmoil from last November’s election was not surprising.
So when our reporter repeatedly called Queensbury Supervisor John Strough’s office on Monday, she did not get an answer. When she arrived at the Town Hall, she was told that Strough could not talk. That is not unusual in these situations. Legal counsel often advises clients not to talk to reporters.
But that afternoon, Strough sent an email to Post-Star reporter Kathleen Moore. I was copied on that email.
Strough issued a long statement that went into great detail about what happened. After talking with two of our editors, we decided we would print the statement in its entirety online and in print. This was a sitting supervisor immediately offering up a defense to the charges. Considering the convoluted nature of the defense, we thought it was better for Strough to use his own words to defend his actions rather than have our reporter out bits and pieces of the email.
We thought it was best to let the readers decide by reading the statement in its entirety.
We thought that was the fair thing to do.