Despite public statements to the contrary, it will be hard to imagine a harmonious atmosphere at the Ada County Commishes’ office in the coming months.
The IDAHO STATESMAN finally went public with a “dirty secret” that many media folks (including the GUARDIAN) were aware of, but reluctant to publish.
In a nutshell Commish Sharon Ullman’s ex-boyfriend contacted newly elected Commish and former City Councilor Vern Bisterfeldt saying bad things about Ullman–none of which we can determine were criminal in nature or involved her position as a public official. Bisterfeldt took the bait, hired a private detective to investigate her and now finds himself with “information” nobody seems to want. Prosecutors in two counties have declined to file any charges or even launch a formal investigation.
Ullman got wind of the Bisterfeldt efforts over a month ago and fired off a series of middle of the night e-mails to a local TV newsy she thought was working with Bisterfeldt. The reporter at one point in the exchange threatened Ullman with legal action if she continued to contact him. He denied that he was working on a story with Bisterfeldt. The content of the exchange was trivial and not worthy of posting on the GUARDIAN.
To the best of our knowledge the entire affair is about personal relationships. Ullman says she has nothing to hide and Bisterfeldt told the Statesman he was not ready to divulge the results of his private investigation saying, “You’ll just have to wait and see. When I get to the bottom of it, I will either have something or I won’t.”
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