I am publicly disassociating myself with the longitudinal study, The Political Profiling of Elected Democratic Officials: When Rhetorical Vision Participation Runs Amok, published on February 18, 2007, in your journal in which Professor Donald C. Shields is the senior author. My new professional duties and on-going health problems will not allow me to continue to work on this study. In my judgment, the tables need to be re-formatted to sort out officials who say they cooperated and were not charged, from those who were charged. Although this restructuring will not effect the findings of the study, it will make the tables clearer. Since this reformatting is very time-consuming, it will further aggrevate my health problems, thus I must remove myself from the study.
I wish Professor Shields the very best as his important study goes forward to completion.
John F. Cragan, Ph.D.
Illinois State University
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