Augusta Commission member says 'Get On Up' tickets pulled by mayor after vote to hire administrator failed

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 10:02 PM
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A pair of tickets to the local premiere of the James Brown biopic Get On Up caused a dust-up on the Augusta Commission after one official said he was denied the perk after refusing to support the mayor’s choice for a new administrator.

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Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver looks over his computer screen before the start of Tuesday's meeting.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver looks over his computer screen before the start of Tuesday's meeting.

Commissioner Bill Fennoy said Mayor Deke Copenhaver offered him tickets to the film then withdrew the offer after he declined to support the hiring of Oscar Rodriguez.

Raising the issue at Tuesday’s commission meeting, Marion Williams asked what the city’s participation in the July 24 premiere had been, and Copenhaver and Interim City Administrator Tameka Allen said they were unaware of the city making any financial contribution to the event.

“I was in Carolina” and missed the premiere and after-party, Williams said, but “some people had tickets, and if some of us are going to be compensated, rewarded, encouraged, then everybody needs to be treated the same way.”

Commissioners Alvin Mason and Mary Davis said they each paid around $200 to attend both the film and after-party, while Copenhaver revealed he was an individual sponsor of the event.

“They were short on money, so I came on board as a sponsor, individually, not on behalf of the city,” Copenhaver said.

Fennoy said he was “promised” the two tickets by the mayor two days before the film debuted in Augusta, but that things changed quickly.

“On Tuesday, I was assured that I would have two tickets to the Get On Up premiere, and after we had the commission meeting Wednesday, a called meeting to vote on the administrator, evidently someone didn’t get the vote that they wanted and so they sent me a text saying that the tickets that had previously been promised to me were going to someone that’s interested in Augusta,” Fennoy said. “I have a copy of that text in case someone questions whether that’s true or not.”

Copenhaver expressed his dismay the night of July 23 in an e-mail sent to commissioners that he’d been lied to by at least two commissioners, Fennoy and Bill Lockett, about their willingness to support Rodriguez. Lockett said after the meeting he and Fennoy were willing to support a candidate for whom Copenhaver already had six votes, but wouldn’t join the five votes Rodriguez appeared to have behind closed doors and become the sixth.

Copenhaver said he apologized to Fennoy after sending the text and had his assistant, Al Dallas, tell Fennoy the tickets would be available for him.

“I publicly apologized to you, but those tickets, because I know you did speak out, those tickets were waiting for you at the theater and unfortunately, those two tickets went unused.”

Fennoy said it was too late.

“I received that text Wednesday that said those tickets would not be available,” he said. “The premier was Thursday.”

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sand gnat
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sand gnat 08/05/14 - 10:20 pm
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Well

Well, la d da. What a crying shame. Buy your own tickets.

raul
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raul 08/05/14 - 10:41 pm
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Some of these commissioners

Some of these commissioners would stand in line for hours to get a chunk of free government cheese.

just an opinion
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just an opinion 08/05/14 - 11:13 pm
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Remember- it's what's in it for them.

We should have given him the tickets, some free cd's and a limo ride if that's what it takes.

flipa1
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flipa1 08/05/14 - 11:31 pm
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UUUUUuuhhh our jaw is on the

UUUUUuuhhh our jaw is on the floor....

like-it-is
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like-it-is 08/05/14 - 11:42 pm
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GROW-UP!!!

Ok, Now what's the Problem? Buy your own tickets and don't wait for someone to give it to you. By the way, was not one of you in South Carolina, so you was not going anyway..............for Pete sake, get over it already...................

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 08/05/14 - 11:59 pm
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Yep...Augusta is a forward thinking city...

and Charles Manson is just a misunderstood hippie...

prov227
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prov227 08/06/14 - 12:06 am
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Quit acting ...

like children.

OJP
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OJP 08/06/14 - 12:25 am
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This is stupid. Why is this news?

I'm curious to see if this newspaper business model survives much longer.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 08/06/14 - 12:49 am
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Good For Deke

So, Deke supported the "Get On Up" event with his own money, as he does often for the city of Augusta. He even offered 2 of his own tickets to Fennoy who according to the Mayor lied to him and changed his vote. Deke, rightfully so after being lied to decided Fennoy could spend his own money if he wanted to attend and even then, became Mr. Nice Guy again and on the same day he sent the text cancelling them said he could still have them.

Fennoy is a child, a disgrace to the city, like many others feels he is owed something for nothing. And, even after being re-offered Deke's personal tickets and an apology still makes a public spectacle of the issue. How much more childish can a grown man possibly be?

As for the others, stop whining and conduct county business - you weren't elected to ask daily "What's in this for me" but to make our county better for everyone. Hopefully our 4 new commissioners will greatly improve the commission in the near future.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/06/14 - 04:51 am
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Deke is a better man than I

Deke is a better man than I am, I guess. If it went down the way it reads, I would've told that bully/cry-baby Fennoy "Damn, right! Those are MY tickets and I can do whatever I want to do with MY tickets!".
I've never been a great fan of Deke, but I'm quite sure he is ready for his term as mayor to be over and he won't have to deal with the type of people of Marion Williams and Fennoy. I've met Mr. Fennoy and he is an embarrassment. This article doesn't surprise me in the least.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 08/06/14 - 05:46 am
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this bunch of crybaby

this bunch of crybaby commissioners are nothing but a continual embarrassment to augusta. what a bunch of puerile nincompoops. all over a stupid movie about a stupid singer. talk about no class: the augusta commission is a walking advertisement for it. they act worse than a group of toddlers fighting over the same toy. in fact, you could probably put the toddlers in the commissioner's place at a meeting and the toddlers could get more accomplished than this group of sodding wankers.

avidreader
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avidreader 08/06/14 - 06:13 am
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OJP

OJP, I agree.

wildman
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wildman 08/06/14 - 06:24 am
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Love It

This is so stupid you have to love it. I would like to thank the Richmond County Board of Idiots for the free entertainment. No ticket needed, watch the news or read the paper. I agree with some of the others, Deke you are to good for this. Your money, your tickets do what you want to with them. Fennoy and others can cry all they want. Good grief.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/06/14 - 07:14 am
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Too funny

On both sides...:)

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/14 - 07:20 am
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You can't believe that a

You can't believe that a grown man would WHINE like this about movie tickets. What's next, stomping his feet and throwing himself on the floor?

The people that voted this clown into office should hang their heads in sorrow.

I guess Bill Lockett didn't get any tickets, either.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/06/14 - 08:16 am
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Masters Tickets

Now think about what goes on with Masters tickets the ANC gives to local government.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 08/06/14 - 07:51 am
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LOL

Can you even imagine working with this group - I'd be doing Bloody Mary's intravenously

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/06/14 - 08:09 am
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Lilly, you wouldn't need the

Lilly, you wouldn't need the tomato juice IV.

dsterling9
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dsterling9 08/06/14 - 08:22 am
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POLICY

A policy change needs to be initiated stated that no person including commissioners and mayor will accept any gift valued at more than five dollars. This is the policy most government employees work under. This would save a lot of embarrassment, time, and money. STOP THE NONSENSE!

my.voice
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my.voice 08/06/14 - 09:14 am
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The new logo for the Augusta

The new logo for the Augusta Commission is the pacifier.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/06/14 - 09:19 am
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Big Boy Pants

Bill - it is time to put on your big boy pants, and grow up.

MrClen1944
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MrClen1944 08/06/14 - 09:21 am
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Didn't ya'll learn anything

Didn't ya'll learn anything in New Orleans? I know there is at least one conference meeting that covered "How to get free stuff." Ya'll missed the ones on serving the public and saving the taxpayer money.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/06/14 - 09:54 am
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WHOOOOOOOA

Paid $200 for a ticket....
So with a ticket price of $200 as a give-away to only Affluent and the Politically elected.

Hasn't those accepting the free ticket VIOLATED THE NEW GA LAW covering gifts and donations to elected officials?

If in fact the mayor was in charge of handing them out didn't he receive $1,000 dollars of tickets?

So who living in ARC will report this to the state Ethic commission?

Or will the County Lawyer again just wave a magic wand and say:

"It is OK in my opinion"

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 08/06/14 - 10:14 am
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....and the mayor was

....and the mayor was surprised that he was lied to by two commissioners? really?

Graymare
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Graymare 08/06/14 - 10:55 am
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Pops
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Pops 08/06/14 - 11:14 am
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Why not do a biopic and Fennoy and Williams.....

We could call it "Get On Out".......

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/14 - 12:07 pm
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No, the commissioners were

No, the commissioners were sincere at the time when they said they'd vote for it, but then their puppetmasters got to them.

PrayN4U
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PrayN4U 08/06/14 - 12:20 pm
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back door

They shouldn't be making back door deals any way. Fennoy is making himself look stupid because even if the mayor did offer him why would he sell his vote for a pair of tickets. Then he was dumb enough to be arguing about it. I'm glad he doesn't represent district 8. What else is he selling the people out for. Like Whimpy in the Popeye cartoon, "I'll gladly trade you a hamburger today", for your vote tomorrow.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/06/14 - 12:35 pm
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Tickets

This is more than ridiculous - it's disgusting - and these folks represent the City of Augusta as Commissioners? What else can they do to show their stupidity in public? Unreal!!!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/14 - 02:01 pm
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Buying votes...isn't that

Buying votes...isn't that illegal?

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