Democrat candidate for US Senate Chris Coons needs to explain why many employees working for him claim Coons politically retaliated against them for supporting political opponents. Coons is facing Republican nominee Christine O’Donnell November 2 for the US Senate seat previously held by Joe Biden.
Can voters trust Chris Coons to respect their political rights in the U.S. Senate? Or will Coons trample on the public’s rights in the same way he trampled on his own employees?
These three lawsuits involve Coons’ record on the job as a politician. There is absolutely nothing personal involved. Coons has told us to look at his record as County Executive. So we should.
A 2008 lawsuit Thomas S. Neuburger vs. Chris Coons (2008), is apparently still going on. Although Chris Coons purely as an individual was dismissed from the lawsuit – which is common – Chris Coon’s official role as New Castle County Executive remained in the lawsuit and there is apparently no resolution of the case on record. Therefore, it appears that the lawsuit is still heading to trial. See:
If a trial is pending in the near future on Chris Coons’ behavior as an elected politician at New Castle County, the voters have a right to know if Coons will act as a despot who disrespects the political opinions and rights of other people. Voters need to know before they cast their vote, not a few weeks later when the case may go to trial.
Another three employees — Trinidad Navarro (2005), Joseph Freeberry (2005), and Dennis Parkstone (2007) — were supporters of Sherry Freeberry, Coons’ Democratic adversary in the 2004 primary election for New Castle County Executive. Thanks to investigative work by THE HAYRIDE, at:
New Castle County under Chris Coons had to pay Trinidad Navarro $100,000 in legal fees in a settlement, for his political support of Tom Gordon. See:
The U.S. District Court dismissed Joseph Freeberry’s lawsuit. But why? Not because the abuse of power wasn’t true. The Court said that Joseph Freeberry had no legal rights to protect under the terms of his employment. In other words, as the U.S. Court of Appeals made clear, even if Coons did retaliate against employees for political reasons, Joseph Freeberry had no automatic rights to keep his job. But the Court did not say it didn’t happen. See, Freeberry v. Coons, No. 08-4771, U.S. Court of Appeal, Third Circuit (Dec. 10, 2009.)
Similarly, Allan Muller – a self-described leftist activist who runs “Green Delaware” – thinks that Chris Coons should be defeated. Mr. Muller wrote a blog post about how he had been harassed by Chris Coons for his local political efforts — in actions that Muller terms evil in a small place: http://greendel.org/?p=9732
Allan Muller wrote about Chris Coons: “This is about evil. It could be a lot worse. . . . But it’s evil enough in [its] own little way and the person currently causing our problems, New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, wants to be a United States Senator and apparently has the support of many people who don’t know what he really is. A key point I want to make is that Coons, a rich boy with a law degree and a Master’s in Ethics from Yale Divinity School, is actually a much nastier, more manipulative, more dangerous, more special-interest-serving person than his thuggish predecessor Tom Gordon.” Muller says that he believes his harassment was a result of his political activism that Chris Coons did not agree with.