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Ramsey Staffer’s Political Mailing Mistake ‘Handled Internally’

Discipline of Adam Kleinheider for sending one of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s political releases out on state email has been handled “internally” at the Legislature, reports Andrea Zelinski. Apparently, the mistake — which Kleinheider quickly acknowledged — was considered no big deal.
Other legislative staffers privately tell TNReport they’re constantly faced with decisions about whether the messages the government is paying them to send on behalf of their elected bosses are too political to be sent through state email accounts or written while on the clock or using government equipment or facilities.
“We try to make that very clear — that this is not something they should be doing on state time,” said Ridley, who did not release details of any punishment or reprimand Kleinheider may have received. “This is the only one (instance) that I’ve been aware of as it relates to political activity.”
Most lawmakers with whom TNReport has inquired about the matter say Kleinheider’s decision to send an apparent campaign endorsement as an official state news release is pretty small potatoes in the scheme of things — not something for which he probably ought to be fined, fired or incarcerated.
“When we’ve done it, they’ve criticized us tremendously for it. But we’ve got bigger fish to fry up here,” said Rep. Mike Turner, an Old Hickory Democrat and the minority caucus chairman in the House. “We’ve got people out of work. We’ve got things happening, and I’m not going to be petty and get on them about that.”

Note: Original post on the foulup HERE.

Ramsey Use of State Email For Political Purposes ‘Unintentional’

When Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey proclaimed his support for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican presidential contest Wednesday, the news release announcement was sent through the state government’s email system by a state employee.
Adam Kleinheider, Ramsey’s press secretary, said that he made the mistake of sending the news release on the Senate speaker’s support of Perry to a list of state government contacts, including media.
“That was a disregard of policy on my part and unintentional,” he said when contacted by a reporter. “I’m still semi-new at this.”
Kleinheider said he wrote the news release on his own time, while on a break from his duties in Ramsey’s office. It was intended for distribution to a separate “political list” that Ramsey maintains, he said.
State law prohibits the use of state-owned equipment and state email for political purposes and in general bans state employees from engaging in political activities while at work.
Kleinheider subsequently sent the same news release out — without his name or state phone number — through a separate email service that credited the release to Ramsey’s Senate campaign, giving an address in the lieutenant governor’s hometown of Blountville.
(Note: Below is a cut-and-past of the original email, including headline and contact information.)

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