During an April 16 press conference in Biloxi, (Auditor Stacey) Pickering responded to a question about public officials using the Dept. of Marine Resources boats at taxpayer cost. At the time, Pickering said if any public officials were found to have “violated the public trust, they will be held accountable.”
(Ocean Springs mayoral candidate John) McKay told The Mississippi Press that same day he was upset with Pickering’s statement and was innocent of any wrongdoing, suggesting he and others had been mislead by Walker.
“We stood by a mud hole and we got splattered,” he said at the time and has repeated several times since.
It was later learned the person who asked Pickering the question during the news conference was a campaign worker of Mckay’s opponent, incumbent Democrat Mayor Connie Moran.
McKay alluded to that fact in his press release last week, stating “This was a phony issue to begin with started by an employee of Mayor Moran’s campaign…”
Monday, (Pickering spokesman Brett) Kittredge gave no indication that any statement from Pickering would be forthcoming prior to the June 4 election.
- Father and son kayakers rescued by Coast Guard under Biloxi Bay Bridge. (mississippipaddler.wordpress.com)
- McKay Says Trips Being Used Against Him (local15tv.com)