Yesterday in Kinston just after lunch Fred Riggs, owner of Rustikat Internet Services, was served dessert in the form of a subpoena ordering him to present documents which will identify the owner of the anonymous fake Van Braxton web site. Riggs has until the close of business Friday to deliver the documents to the State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
Rustikat Internet Services hosts the fake site, several Republican websites including that of Republican Willie Ray Starling and numerous web sites owned by Ted Sampley known for outlandish attacks on public figures locally and nationally and for physically attacking John McCain's co-writer. Republican Steven LaRoque also pays Riggs for banner advertising.
To date neither Starling nor LaRoque, who both have business with Rustikat and a Republican primary to run against Democrat Van Braxton, have spoken out against the anonymous site which violates state election laws. One suspect is Sampley, who has a history of creating parody websites hosted by Rustikat and antagonism towards Braxton.
Another suspect emerging is BJ Murphy a Republican and sidekick of Ted Sampley. Murphy had a website (now defunct) hosted by Rustikat, murphyformayor.com from his failed run against Mayor Buddy Ritch who is also lampooned on the anonymous fake website. The fake website also makes reference to the "Backroom Boys" incident. This was a fabrication by Murphy, Sampley and others intended to discredit Ritch. Writer Lee Raynor was fired from the Kinston Free Press for her part in plotting against Ritch. Raynor went to work with Riggs on his internet based Kinston Press.
Murphy has been a spokesperson for Sampley's projects and has worked directly with him selling t-shirts and trinkets, managing the Broken Eagle restaurant while Sampley was co-owner. Murphy married the daughter of Jan Barwick, Sampley's then girlfriend and co-owner of the restaurant making Murphy a son-in-law of sorts. Murphy helped create the CSS Neuse II web site.
While Executive Director of Pride of Kinston Murphy wrote the grant application to Golden Leaf for $65,000 for Sampley's CSS Neuse II project. The grant was awarded to Pride but never forwarded to CSS Neuse II because of Board disagreement over Sampley's control of the project. The grant was eventually returned to the Golden Leaf Foundation. Shortly after Stephen LaRoque reapplied for the same grant on Sampley's behalf but was turned down. Both LaRoque and Murphy have made contributions to each others campaigns.
This story is an ongoing collaboration between myself and Southern Dem. Please stayed tuned to both blogs for the latest and nastiest details.
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