This is the second complaint filed by Ambrose against Mrs. Barber which the commission has dismissed. Unlike most precinct chairmen on the county Republican Executive Committee, he does not recognize Mrs. Barber as its duly-elected secretary, and has complained about her contention she is secretary and about newspaper advertising listing her as holding that office.
On Thursday, Mrs. Barber released a copy of a Nov. 22 letter to Ambrose from Ethics Commission Executive Director David A. Reisman, saying the complaint filed Oct. 18 was being dismissed because it “did not meet the form requirements for” complaints filed with the commission.
The letter says Ambrose was notified in an Oct. 25 letter the complaint would be dismissed unless refiled by Nov. 15. The complaint was dismissed due to Ambrose’s failure to resubmit it within 21 days after the commission mailed him about it, Reisman wrote.
“Shame on Ken Ambrose! Rather than the ‘folk hero’ he has deemed himself, he is the poster child for how a county chairman should not conduct himself in the operation of political affairs,” Mrs. Barber said in a statement faxed to The Mirror.
“With the Ethics Commission’s latest dismissal of another baseless complaint made against me, he . . . (provided) more proof of his unscrupulous efforts to harass and intimidate me into resigning my position as RPUC Secretary, and Precinct Chair.”
Ambrose was not available for comment Friday morning when The Mirror attempted to reach him by phone. He filed Monday to seek reelection in the March 6 GOP primary, but the State Republican Executive Committee was expected to consider today (Saturday) some 11 precinct chairmen’s recent vote to oust him from office under parliamentary procedure.