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‘Potter County did not send this text message’: Potter County address partisan message sent out to widespread audience

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 3:55 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 5:33 PM CST
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Potter County was made aware this morning of a text message that went out to a widespread audience in Amarillo late last week.

The message stated it was from Potter County and the correspondence also gave a partisan message.

The message said:

“Potter County is using this number to send you text message updates.

(Reply STOP at any time to stop messages from this group.)

Filing for Public Office Starts tomorrow! Get your Brandon Gear!”

Potter County message
Potter County message(KFDA)

It was also followed with a link.

When clicking on the link, it takes you to a message sent out by the Potter County GOP Headquarters Office.

Potter County Elections held a news conference to emphasize the message did not come from them.

“To be very clear, Potter County did not send this text message, nor did any other department inside the county,” said Melynn Huntley, elections administrator, Potter County.

Huntley says when working in elections they pride themselves on non-partisanship and accuracy and this is not the message they want associated with their office.

“We are trying so hard in elections to gain voter confidence and for them to understand that our job is to get everything right and stay nonpartisan, so having this type of a message out there just undermines the high level of integrity that our office has,” said Huntley.

They are encouraging whoever sent out this message to retract it immediately and stop using Potter County as an identifier, otherwise they will seek advice from the county attorney on how to correct this.

Huntley says for representing themselves as someone they are not, violates the Texas Penal Code and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

NewsChannel10 reached out to the GOP office and they said nobody from Potter County contacted them about this message and they are in contact regularly.

Dan Rogers, County Chair, says the message sent out clearly shows who sent it out when clicking on the link.

“My name, title, phone number, when we will be at our office, our address, everything, so who is saying they are confused is making it up,” said Rogers.

At the news conference, Huntley would not provide if they had a suspect in mind and just asked whoever sent it to retract it.

Rogers says he sent out the message to remind those of public filing and also included new merchandise they would be selling.

“Well we are Potter County, we’re Potter County GOP and all the people that work for Potter County, all the elected officials have to file with me, as the chairman of the GOP, and I sent that out to remind them they need to get with me and when I would be in our office, so everybody knows where it came from to act like they don’t is disingenuous at the least,” said Rogers.

He says they even had people in their office the day after sending that message and nobody had concerns or confusion about it.

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