First District Congressional candidate Flemron “Ron” Earl Dickey of Horn Lake made clear this morning he didn’t appreciate this reporter questioning him on the weekend about his 2012 felony bad check arrest, especially after I called two days ago about misrepresentation of his military record and on-going bankruptcy case.
First, you can click here to read my Friday piece about Dickey’s bankruptcy and “clarification” of literally wearing a green beret during his military service as a cook, not actually serving in the elite special forces group many civilians identify as Green Berets.
I learned this morning of Dickey’s Jan. 4, 2012 felony bad check arrest in DeSoto County and felt obligated to ask for his explanation. His tone and volume of his voice sounded quite different from our Thursday conversation.
He didn’t appreciate my questions or seem to believe journalists should call about his political campaign to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, Republican, of Tupelo.
“You didn’t ask me any questions when I first announced I was running because my life or campaign wasn’t interesting enough for you,” Dickey said. “You’re not going to treat me like a little boy on a street corner wanting to ask me anything.”
I asked if he planned to restrict reporters’ calls if elected to Congress.
“That’s not what I said,” Dickey responded. “You’re not going to twist my words around.”
In short, Dickey did not provide any substantive insight related to his bad check arrest. Expect more information as I continue reporting on Dickey’s campaign.
See my notes from the seven minute conversation between Dickey and me.
Robbie: Mr. Dickey?
Robbie: This is Robbie Ward with the Daily Journal in Tupelo. I want to speak with you for just a moment.
Dickey: All right.
Robbie: I want to ask about your 2012 felony arrest for bad checks.
Dickey: I talked to you more than kindly the other day and even offered you an exclusive interview, but you just wanted to ask about you wanted to ask about. You’re not going to keep calling me on the spur of the moment asking questions. I’ve been more fair with you and won’t answer any more of your questions. This is Saturday and I have a bunch of things to do. I need to get with my aides and schedule an interview with you.
Robbie: But do you have a just a moment to discuss your arrest?
Dickey: You’re not going to keep calling me whenever you feel like it just to ask me a question.
Robbie: I have the document from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department.
Dickey: Keep looking in all of the records you want to look at. You’re calling me now two times in the last three days. You didn’t ask me any questions when I first announced I was running because my life or campaign wasn’t interesting enough for you. You’re not going to treat me like a little boy on a street corner wanting to ask me anything.
I saw what you printed (see link above), I don’t have a problem with it.
I do have a class reunion today. Can you pay me the respect I deserve as a Congressional candidate and not call me. I offered you an exclusive interview the other day but you said it wasn’t economical. (I actually said geography was the issue since he wanted to meet in person that day or at some point within the next month. I was on deadline for another story and couldn’t drive to Horn Lake.) What’s the problem now? Are you going to come to me?
Robbie: Are you going to this area anytime soon?
Dickey: I’ve been in Tupelo already. Are you going to come to me?
Robbie: When can we meet?
Dickey: I’ll have to get with me aides and schedule a time. I’ll get back with you on Monday.
Robbie: All right. Have a good weekend.
Dickey: You too.