Cape Gazette

Wheatley the most qualified candidate

By Sharon Lemaire | Sep 01, 2014

It is unusual for a sitting office holder to actively campaign for a political candidate during a primary, as Ms. Deaver has been doing for her protégé Brad Connor. No doubt Mr. Connor will be her ally in her quest to be president of Sussex County Council.

I’m especially disgusted with the way Ms. Deaver carries on about respected businessman and Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Bob Wheatley. Apparently she and a few of her followers think a “conflict of interest” occurs just because of what Mr. Wheatley does for a living, which of course is just wrong.

While we’re on the subject, what does Brad Connor do for a living? At the League of Women Voter’s Candidates Forum in Laurel, Mr. Connor talked about his career in the radio business. I found out later that he sold out of the radio business many years ago.

What Brad Connor actually does now is own and operate a liquor store in Bethany Beach and multiple payday loan stores in the county. The ethics of those businesses aside, what about the ethics of conveniently omitting these facts from his statement about his occupation? What else is he not telling us?

I’ve known Bob Wheatley for a long time. If he has a conflict, which is rare, he recuses himself and if you’ve ever been to a Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, you know that nobody runs a meeting better than he does. Besides, council deals with much more than just land use.

Bob Wheatley is by far the most qualified candidate in the 5th District race.


Sharon Lemaire


Comments (5)
Posted by: Thomas Adams | Sep 02, 2014 22:40

In an obvious reference to Ms Lemaire's letter, Ms Deaver denies on her Facebook page that she has campaigned for Mr Connor.


However, she did endorse Connor some months ago and she asked her supporters on Sept 2 to contribute to his campaign.

Posted by: Thomas Adams | Sep 03, 2014 23:33

In response to Marion Gentul's Facebook posting at left:  Here is the quote from Deaver, posted Sept 2 at 12:55 pm:

"I hesitate to say we should support good candidates for the 4th and 5th districts with our contributions because I just read a complaint on the editor`s page incorrectly saying I am campaigning for Brad Connor. But that IS the only way to bring about change for the better. And writing a check is not getting "involved". Simply go to the websites for Shirley Price and Brad Connor and send them a check. They deserve it or just let the county continue as is."

(The quote is buried under discussion of the Gazette's story about the need for a county planner. Click on "view more comments" and voilà.)

Deaver's endorsement of Connor appears on Bob Wheatley's campaign website in a posting dated April 19:


To your point about the legality of Deaver endorsing Connor or campaigning for him, I'd say it's perfectly legal and this sort of thing happens all the time.

Posted by: Thomas Adams | Sep 04, 2014 09:13

JAMES Connor operates a payday loan business in Sussex County that goes by the name of AAA Cash4U Loans.  According to the Office of the State Banking Commissioner, BRAD Connor is not listed as a lender in the state.

Posted by: Marion Gentul | Sep 04, 2014 10:10

Thanks Mr. Adams, sometimes it's hard to find certain things, much appreciated.

Posted by: Sharon Lemaire | Sep 05, 2014 09:22

Brad Connor’s recent letter asserts that he is being misrepresented, but here are some facts to the contrary. Regarding his relationship with Councilwoman Joan Deaver: he has her campaign manager running his campaign; according Mr. Connor’s financial report, Mrs. Deaver’s husband made a major donation to his campaign on March 20, 2014 and about 40% of his donors are from Mrs. Deaver’s District 3; Mrs. Deaver endorsed Mr. Connor in her social media postings in April 2014 and has conducted an almost non-stop attack on his opponent for the last three months. Mr. Connor may not have known Mrs. Deaver long, but it looks to me like they have become fast friends and if he wins, he’ll owe her big time.  

Regarding Mr. Connor’s payday loan activities, according to the State of Delaware Division of Corporations website, queried again at 4PM yesterday, the registered agent of AAA Cash4U Payday Loans, Inc. is S. Bradley Connor (see screen shot below). The address is that of his liquor store in Bethany Beach. The state banking commission website lists his brother James P. Connor as the lender. Prior to establishing AAA Cash4U Payday Loans, Inc., Mr. Connor was an employee of Cash Advance Plus headquartered in Delmar, DE, the owner of which is also a major donor to his campaign.  For Mr. Connor to simply state that he does not own nor does he receive income from any payday loan company is at best a disingenuous effort to hide his payday loan connections.  Mr. Connor, if I have misrepresented the facts as you suggest, then please enlighten me and I will stand corrected, but this time please tell us the whole story. It’s the ethical thing to do, don’t you think?

Sharon Lemaire





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