Re: Leading Off (Trinity Item)

One revelation in this morning’s story made my WTF sensors prickle:

City Secretary Deborah Watkins incorrectly told The News Monday evening that Mr. Holcomb’s group had not filed its updated campaign report. In fact, that report was filed June 29, according to copies provided Tuesday by Mr. Holcomb.

Ms. Watkins said she had been misinformed by her staff. “I do apologize for my statement that we had not received it,” she said. “I did not know that we had it in.”

I remember reading yesterday’s story, the one revealing how much TrinityVote had spent. It said, based on Holcomb’s misinformation, that Save the Trinity hadn’t filed their paperwork on time. And I thought, Uh-oh. How’d they screw that up? Now I’m wondering the same thing about the city secretary’s office. This is the most contentious, high-profile civic matter going. How do you, as the city secretary, not know whether your office has received finance filings from one of the groups? [shaking head, wondering what Mary Suhm is thinking about this]

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