(UNEDITED) The accusation aired by Gary Haws against his opponent Terry Thompson is ridiculous. By the standards used in the accusation, anyone with any significant experience in law enforcement in the county where he/she lives would be ineligible to run for Sheriff.
That defies common sense as well as the U.S. Constitution. (The tenth amendment prohibits the federal government from controlling local government issues.) The Hatch Act was intended for federal employees, and should only apply to state and local government employees if there is an obvious conflict of interest. It makes no sense whatsoever to say that employees who have experience in the Sheriff's office can not run for sheriff.
What is next? Declaring that auditing experience disqualifies a potential candidate from running for Auditor? Or surveying experience prevents one from running for surveyor?
I hope I am correct in assuming that the voters in Weber County will not accept such absurd logic.