If the accusation of Deep Marine Technology CEO Paul McKim that money was funneled from a supporter of Senator Norm Coleman to the Senator is false, Coleman might consider saying something like this:
“I am a public figure, so I understand people will take potshots at me and my family. I don’t like it, but I am a big boy, and I do understand it.
I want to assure Minnesotans that Mr. McKim’s accusations are not true.
But I do understand that I can make that assurance until I’m blue in the face, and fair minded Minnesotans will still have doubts. I do understand why Minnesotans might be confused about who is telling the truth, and who is lying. If I were you, I might be confused too, because there is no proof being offered by either side.
Well, Minnesotans deserve more than red-faced charges and counter-charges. They deserve evidence. Here is the evidence proving Mr. McKim’s accusations false. It is all contained in a heavily documented defamation suit I am filing today against Mr. McKim. I will also turn this information over to the Senate Ethics Committee and ask them to rule on the matter as soon as possible. Finally, I am posting all of this information on my website, for all Minnesotans to see. I’m not wild about doing that, but I want my family to have it’s good name back.
To show my wife’s pay didn’t spike $75,000 during her time with Hays, I want all of Minnesota to see her pay stubs from the last two years. To show that $75,000 never magically appeared in any of my bank accounts, I am providing our bank records. To show that the accusations that she has done no work for her pay are hurtful lies, I want Minnesotans to see the documentation of the specific accounts she has been working on, and the statements from her supervisors and colleaues describing her work. And to allow you to further probe for the truth yourself, Mr. Kazeminy and my wife’s supervisors and colleagues from Hays will answer your questions today.
Having to do this makes me angry, and sad for my wife and kids. They don’t deserve this garbage. But I work for the people of Minnesota, and I understand why these accusations would at first blush be concerning to them. So I am providing evidence to put Minnesotans’ minds at ease. The people of Minnesota are my bosses, and they deserve proof that I haven’t violated their trust. While Mr. McKim supplies only wild, unsubstantiated claims, I will supply proof. It’s time to put this matter to rest.”
Yes, it would feel unjust and ooky to have so much of your information out there. Yes, the lawyers would object mightily to introducing actual documents into the court of public opinion. But if you want to restore your reputation in a hurry, extreme transparency would do it.