Big surprise: Ragsdale's committee sticks up for RagsdaleMembers of the Knox County Ethics Committee, a body largely assembled by Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, have declared it "unethical" that County Commissioner Paul Pinkston secretly taped a conversation that he had with Ragsdale:
"That's unethical behavior, and that would cause me some concern," Frank Shanklin Sr. said. "It looks to me like that's politically motivated.
Of course it is politically motivated-Mike Ragsdale has done underhanded things to people all the time that are entirely political and the News-Sentinel seems to have thought Ragsdale's actions were fine and dandy. Paul Pinkston seems to have come to the conclusion that many of us who are well-informed have come to-that Ragsdale is untrustworthy and has no conscientious trouble lying through his teeth to your face and doing something different behind your back.
If I were in a closed-door situation with Ragsdale or someone like him, I would have no trouble believing that he might try to double-cross me. I would have done exactly what Paul Pinkston did, and I have no ethical problem with it whatsoever. Mike Ragsdale is the kind of political figure that is unsafe and that you need insurance from and if that insurance is a tape, so be it.