Is it a case of a state senator extorting an alarm company? or an attorney showboating for Alberto Gonzalez? Or a little of both? The trial of Iowa state senator Matt McCoy is expected to resume today after being postponed because of snow yesterday. The Feds say McCoyÃ¢â‚¬â€who was nabbed by a government informantÃ¢â‚¬â€extorted $2,000 from Reid Shultz, owner of alarm company Security Plus. This particular story doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mention it, but Iowa Dems say the indictment is politically motivated. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our October story with background. You see, this indictment was handed down in March, right around the time Alberto Gonzalez was engaged in a firing-fest, taking down U.S. attorneys who didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t indict enough Democrats in their states. Iowa Democrats say that this is a case of one Iowa U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker, a social conservative with his own political aspirationsÃ¢â‚¬â€showing his partisan toughness for Gonzalez to see. They say he used questionable methods to collect evidence. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re standing behind McCoy in this case. McCoyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s had trouble with conservative colleagues before. McCoy is an openly gay man who had his sexual orientation revealed by a Republican colleague in 2003.
As managing editor, Tess helps oversee editorial content and works on developing a rapport with industry leaders to report and write on industry news, concentrating on the fire and residential beats. She focuses on writing stories important to installers, integrators, manufacturers and distributors. Before joining Security Systems News in September 2010, Tess was a newspaper reporter in Maine for more than two decades. Most of that time, she worked for The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and also was an occasional stringer for The New York Times. Tess has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s in linguistics from the University of Michigan. She lives in Maine with her husband and a demanding cat.