“I never dreamed that I would be brought before the State Ethics Commission for winning first place for best ribs in a barbecue competition,” Patterson said.
“I feel compelled to confess to the commission that I also won first place in the hog calling contest,” she said.
Rome’s George Anderson, director of the Ethics in Government Group, filed the complaint days before the Nov. 5, 2008, election.
The point of contention in the complaint was a $200 listed “contribution” from the Downtown Development Authority of Cave Spring — which Anderson argued was illegal — in the form of prize money for best barbecue in the city’s Pig Out contest in September 2008.
Patterson said she also disclosed to the board she won first place for best muffins at the Coosa Valley Fair last week and hoped she wouldn’t face additional complaints.
The entry into the Cave Spring contest was paid for out of campaign funds, and she additionally reported $232 in funds raised at the event.
“I don’t even think we covered costs,” she said.
An ethics board representative confirmed the complaint was quickly dismissed at Thursday’s meeting.
Anderson said, as he understood it, Patterson cleared up previous errors by making corrective amendments to her financial disclosure and is happy with the result.
“I was just pointing out some errors,” Anderson said. “It was nothing personal.”