The man who ran Kash Heed's election campaign broke his silence today in exclusive interviews with Public Eye and Global TV. Barinder Sall said he hasn't spoke to the media until now about the controversy surrounding that campaign on advice of his legal counsel - and he still isn't able to do so. But he did voice concerns about how the media has been treating his family while covering the story. That controversy boiled up last Friday when Mr. Heed stepped down as solicitor general amidst a Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation into Election Act offenses allegedly involving his campaign office. Mr. Heed has said he has done nothing wrong and is not the direct target of the investigation.
Media outlets across the province have unsuccessfully attempted to contact Mr. Sall about those allegations - which are believe to concern an anti-NDP, Chinese-language flyer that was circulated during the election.
In part, that's because Mr. Sall's cell phone number is no longer in service and his Facebook page is no longer available.
Mr. Sall explained he lost that number when he switched cell phone carriers last month and he removed his page because he was no longer using it.
"The only information I had on that Facebook page was I had mojitos up there. That's all there was - pictures of mojitos from around the world," he said.
Mr. Sall - who last spoke to Mr. Heed "a few weeks ago" - told Public Eye he still isn't able to comment on anything to do with the allegations.
"I would like to comment on this. But I've retained counsel who have advised me not to make any statements about this because of the ongoing RCMP investigation," he explained, adding he lawyered-up earlier this month.
Mr. Sall said the media scrutiny has been hard on his family.
"It's been tough for my 90-year-old grandmother who has media outside her house - someone knocking on her door at 11:30 in the evening with a camera, blocking her garage and frightening her."
"My grandmother doesn't live in the same house as me," he continued. "She just has the same last name as me."
"I understand everyone is interested in speaking to me. I'm fair game. I understand that. But they should just do so through the proper channels like you did - contact me by email and I'll return the call."
Mr. Sall said he returned from Long Beach, California on Tuesday - having spent the past two weeks there to attend the wedding of a close family friend.
He's planning to return to California to attend another wedding over the weekend.
Mr. Sall said he won't be granting any further interviews with the media.
"This is going to be my only comment on this. Anything else in the future will be done by my counsel."