Update: Today's hearing was postponed until September 2.
Rep. Brian Nieves sent supporters a long email last night stating that allegations made by rival campaign staffer Shawn Bell are "this is a 100% totally frivolous case" -- just hours before a court hearing on a protection order sought by Bell against Nieves. In the message, Nieves expresses thanks for his wife's ability to withstand watching "her husband was slandered, vilified and debased for months," declares that "We are NOT Backing Down!"
"We all know that the 'Old Guard' is very much threatened by all of us who will NOT bow down to The Machine and they are willing to literally destroy a man’s life to make sure nobody else gets the bright idea of standing up to them!" he writes. "Please know I am writing this all by myself at my kitchen table at almost 11pm on Wed. the 11th with no help from an attorney or anybody else! These are just MY words to you because I believe you deserve to know at least some of what’s happening!"
Nieves' full message is below the break.
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From: Brian Nieves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 12:08 AM
Subject: Allegations made by Shawn Bell.....
Will We ever be allowed to simply enjoy the Victory WE all worked so hard for or will the political machine just keep it up and
continue to dream up new ways to mess with US?
Is The Patriot Uprising Ready to Rise?
First thing I’d like to say is that God’s Grace is sufficient and once again He is showing me how Blessed I am to have supporters like you! Thank You – All of you.
The Nieves family is, as usual, holding up under immense pressure. We literally feel your heart felt prayers and ask you to keep praying as these are trying times for us. Our three kids [...] have lived in the political world for most, almost all, of their lives but this is indeed the most difficult time they’ve had to endure. Julie is a woman of incredible, often times immeasurable strength BUT this event has shook her to her core and she is literally at her wits end! I invite you to see this through Julie’s eyes… Her husband was slandered, vilified and debased for months leading up to an election and all the while she was able to hold it all together based on the hope that we could resume a semi normal life after the election. The election came and went and the Nieves family was scheduled to take a very simple family vacation starting the Friday immediately after the election but as you now know, we learned of Shawn Bells Utterly BIZARE Accusations on Thursday and her Grand Mother passed away that Friday! When I heard the first bits and pieces of Shawn’s accusations I literally did not take it seriously and continued with our plans to go to the lake on Friday BUT on Friday we realized the accusations were SERIOUS and that we’d better take it seriously! Friday was also the day Julie’s Grand Mother passed so there we were, cancelling our vacation so we could figure out what was going to happen in terms of the funeral and hiring an attorney! The attorney, as would be expected, told me to say NOTHING about the case at all! As a side note, I now fully understand Exactly Why you always hear a person say “My attorney has advised me to make no comment at this point” and why it’s smart to take that advice! It has been Gut Wrenching for me to remain silent on this issue because I know this is a 100% totally frivolous case with NO Merit and I want to tell my side but we also know the attorneys on the other side would like nothing more than for me to make comments at this point! This is why I must ask you all to be patient and keep praying! I will, in the following paragraph or two, give you a brief update and there will be more info forthcoming. Before I go on – Please know I am writing this all by myself at my kitchen table at almost 11pm on Wed. the 11th with no help from an attorney or anybody else! These are just MY words to you because I believe you deserve to know at least some of what’s happening!
Let’s think about this for just a minute and ask our selves about whats really happening here. “WE” won an election that “They” didn’t want us to win and did not believe we could win. We did something The Machine did not want done and for that the Nieves family is indeed being punished and made an example of! We all know that the “Old Guard” is very much threatened by all of us who will NOT bow down to The Machine and they are willing to literally destroy a man’s life to make sure nobody else gets the bright idea of standing up to them! Here’s what I believe they are doing:
1. They know the allegations are False!
2. They know they simply can not win this case in court!
3. They know I have an Eye Witness who totally refutes Shawn’s allegations.
4. They know this case has no merit and that it is frivolous BUT …
5. They also knew this case would turn my world up-side-down and it has!
6. They knew there was a pretty good chance that this would upset my wife in ways few people will ever understand and it has!
7. They knew this case would steal, at a minimum, weeks of mine and my family’s life and it has!
8. They knew this case, although it is with out merit, would cost me Thousands of dollars to defend and it has!
9. They knew my phone and the phones of my closest friends and campaign staff would light up to the tune of HUNDREDS of calls per day and they have!
10. They knew this case would cause Stratman supporters to cry out for my resignation and they have! BTW – We are NOT Backing Down!
11. Last but not least, they knew their constant and relentless beating down of me and my family in the public square would make me question my resolve to even be in this profession and Yes, it has!
Folks, bottom line – Here’s what I know … WE, All of US, are now in a position to decide whether all we’ve done for the Patriot Movement in this Great Republic was just Rah Rah or if it’s real! WE, not they, must decide if we are going to roll over and be the submissive lap dog to the political establishment OR if WE are going to stand up like the Great Patriots of “Yester-Year” and say “NO MORE!!” No more of your intimidation, No more of your crooked politics and power brokering, No more destruction of a man and his family simply because he will not kiss the ring and bow down to you! No More! My answer is NO More NO More NO More!! They have attacked my family, cost us thousands and have turned our entire family’s lives up-side-down, in-side-out and side-ways! They just figure by making an example out of me – all the other sheep will do what they say!
Thank you for reading this over due and long letter. Please know there is so much more I look forward to telling you all as soon as this disgusting battle is over! Thank you for standing with us and keep in mind – We all need each other now more that ever because if they can beat me, they believe the rest of You will Fall In Line! Don’t let that happen! I was so extremely humbled and honored to have several of you say you see me as one of the Very Few “Standard Bearers” of the Patriot Uprising as I was one of the only senate candidates who was embraced by the Patriot Movement and won! For that win, I am being punished and so is my family – let’s not let them win! Together we march on toward restoring this Great Republic to Her Godly Heritage and Constitutional Greatness! WE can and by the Grace of God, WE Will!!
Julie, the kids and I love all of you!
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