Weirich Says Brown ‘Out of Touch With Reality’

By Bill Dries

District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, July 2, that her Democratic challenger in the August elections, Joe Brown, is out of touch with reality. She commented at a press conference at the Child Advocacy Center to warn against parents leaving children in hot cars.

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Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich says a video posted Tuesday on the campaign website of Democratic challenger Joe Brown questioning her sexual orientation represents a “sad day” in local politics.

“It’s just a sad day that someone that out of touch with reality is running for district attorney general,” Weirich said at an afternoon press conference at the Child Advocacy Center that was called as part of an effort to remind parents not to leave their children in cars during the summer heat.

In the video, which was taken down hours after it was posted Tuesday, Brown is seen talking to a group of people about recent press coverage of his divorce. He segued from that to questioning Weirich’s sexual orientation and saying her husband and children had moved out of the family home as a result.

They haven’t.

Kim Perry, Weirich’s campaign manager, said Tuesday evening that Weirich and her husband were at home that evening as the video went up.

Weirich said Wednesday she had to have a talk with her 8-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter about the claim and the campaign by Brown.

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham, at the same press conference, called the video “reprehensible.”

“I call on all candidates to run their campaigns on fact,” he said. “This has no place in any campaign.”

The short-lived video posting marked the end of an absence by Brown from any campaign activity. The absence has been so marked that Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson issued a written statement last week saying he was concerned because some Democrats questioned whether Brown was still running.

Carson urged Democrats to support Brown and also said the retired Criminal Court judge is “not your average candidate.”