In response to assertions that the Quartzsite Town Attorney Martin Brannan is behind a controversial partisan website, Brannan today claimed that the ‘Quartzsite Bagger’ is not him.
Nevertheless, Brannan avoided going to court about it by reassigning several cases to a special prosecutor after the clients’ attorney Michael Frame filed a motion asking the court to remove Brannan for conflict of interest last week.
Brannan’s press release states:
“Despite reports to the contrary, the so-called Quartzsite Bagger is not the Quartzsite Town Attorney or any other elected or appointed officer of the Town of Quartzsite. The opinions expressed on http://quartzsitebagger.wordpress.com do not represent the views of any elected or appointed officer of the Town of Quartzsite. No elected or appointed officer of the Town of Quartzsite profits in any way from the sale of merchandise by Cafe Press related to the “Quartzsite Bagger” blog.
“Notwithstanding this reality, in order for the Town Attorney and other town officers to concentrate on the business of the town without the distraction this “controversy” appears to have been designed to create, the cases involving self-styled activists Ed Foster, Jennifer Jones, Michael Roth, Dana Stadler and Doug Gilford are being assigned to a special prosecutor.”