This is in reference to the letter titled "Enough political mudslinging." The most interesting question raised by Wells is why the Ethics Commission did not act on this matter for the past three years. The charges against Merritt were filed on June 7, 2009. Wells is correct that politics did have a role in these charges coming to life again, but not in the way Well's believes. All candidates who run for office in West Virginia must file a Financial Disclosure form with the Ethics Commission. Thus, Merritt sent a red flag to Charleston that he was running for sheriff of Wood County.