Media Trackers - a conservative non-profit outfit that monitors media and government behavior - noted in a recent report that Republican Representative Don Pridemore may have used government resources to endorse Mitt Romney for President. Pridemore issued a press release on April 2 announcing it was time "for conservatives to come together and nominate a single candidate for the office of President."
As reported by Collin Roth of Media Trackers, Pridemore listed his Capitol Office as the contact number. El Conquistador was able to verify that Pridemore's press release in fact used his official Capitol number as a press release contact. This suggests that Pridemore used government resources to engage in partisan political activity.
El Conquistador called Pridemore's Capitol Office twice on Thursday, but were unable to reach anyone. Media Trackers reported that Pridemore's office responded to their inquiry, but only to inform them they were unable to provide answers because it bordered on a campaign issue.
What a strange response. Either Pridemore issued an official press release from his Madison office or he didn't. If he didn't, then information regarding the press release wouldn't border on a campaign issue because there would be no campaign issue to discuss. A response saying, "No, he didn't" should suffice without violating any state and federal laws.
We will keep an eye on how this story unravels.