Group attacks officers' endorsement of Scott Peebles

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A group of Richard Roundtree supporters called a news conference Thursday to criticize the Waynesboro police officers who endorsed Richmond County sheriff candidate Scott Peebles under the auspices of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

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Charles Lyons, attorney for sheriff candidate Richard Roundtree, slammed police officers who claimed their national organization had endorsed Scott Peebles.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Charles Lyons, attorney for sheriff candidate Richard Roundtree, slammed police officers who claimed their national organization had endorsed Scott Peebles.

“This controversy is not about race,” said Charles Lyons, a lawyer and Roundtree supporter. “This is about five guys coming to Augusta from Waynesboro on city time to make a bogus endorsement.”

On Monday, five Waynesboro police officers, including Chief Alfonzo Williams, issued a news release saying that Peebles, who is white, had the endorsement of a regional chapter of the national black law enforcement group.

On Tuesday, the organization demanded a retraction, saying that as a 501(c)3 group, it was prohibited from endorsing candidates and that the five officers associated with the release weren’t even national members, although they had applied for national membership that day.

Outside Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, Lyons, who, with attorney Randy Frails, successfully represented Roundtree against a recent challenge to his candidacy, said Williams had been “traveling the talk-show circuit” defending his actions but “it has yet to occur to (Williams) to try to protect the organization he so dearly loves.”

Flanked by Roundtree, Frails, former Augusta Commissioner Betty Beard and about a dozen other Roundtree supporters, Lyons questioned how Williams might be telling people he had made a mistake.

“How many people are sitting ... in the Waynesboro city jail saying the same thing?” the lawyer said.

Asked whether he thought Peebles, who will face Roundtree, John Ivey and Robbie Silas in the July 31 Democratic primary, was aware of the Waynesboro officers’ plans, Lyons said “Yes” but declined to elaborate.

“Nobody out here is scared of Scott Peebles,” he said.

Asked to respond, Peebles said that “there was no conspiracy on the part of my campaign to falsely represent an endorsement from any organization” and that he believed the Waynesboro officers’ claims that they were “acting in good faith” and appreciated their individual support.

Roundtree recently praised the work of Williams in Waynesboro, so when the officers endorsed Peebles instead, Roundtree turned on them, Peebles said.

“Roundtree is determined to make an example of them by attempting to defame them and tarnish their reputations,” he said.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 04:52 pm
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Is there one black Augusta

Is there one black Augusta Commissioner, past or present supporting CAPTAIN P, THE OBAMA SUPPORTER?

double_standard
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double_standard 07/05/12 - 04:54 pm
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The current black commisoners

The current black commisoners haven't endorsed anyone publicly. Now the mayor has and commissioner Jackson has a bumper sticker.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 04:57 pm
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Note the Chronicle's words:

Note the Chronicle's words: "the Waynesboro officers’ machinations".

Double, oh, yeah, Joe Jackson even gave a thousand bucks. Business must be good for him....ha.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/05/12 - 05:48 pm
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Note that Roundtree is the

Note that Roundtree is the only one that has an attorney speaking on his behalf. And that he has TWO attorneys representing him. At least the other candidates speak for themselves. Is Roundtree going to have an attorney on staff at the Sheriff's Office?

The “Nobody out here is scared of Scott Peebles" comment smacks of personal disdain for Peebles. I haven't heard any other candidate's tone show disdain for anyone. Sounds to me that there is no love lost from Roundtree towards Peebles.

old doper
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old doper 07/05/12 - 05:05 pm
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Sorry Riverman, but your

Sorry Riverman, but your tactic of supporting the trashing of Peebles isnt going to get a weak candidate like Roundtree into the November election against your guy Freddie. It'll be Peebles and Sanders in November. The best man will win.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 05:10 pm
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Roundtree's Press Conference on 6PM News

Roundtree will speak to the TV news at 6. Apparently THEY wanted it this way.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 05:39 pm
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Come November

It could be come November Sanders will be a much stronger candidate than whoever the Democrat is. With all the trouble the economy has and Obama's troubles, his supporters may stay home. Right now the Democrats are still hopeful and will turn out for the primary, but maybe not so much Nov.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 07/05/12 - 05:48 pm
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 06:14 pm
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If I had to guess about Clay Whittle's Support

If I had to guess who Clay Whittle wants for Richmond Cty Sheriff, I'd guess Freddie Sanders. I know he is also a big Lee Anderson supporter. I don't think he would support any Obama supporter.

Plus, remember Lewis Blanchard, Peebles' biggest supporter ran a bitter campaign against Whittle for Sheriff.

Hairstylinsue
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Hairstylinsue 07/05/12 - 06:01 pm
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Why black or white?

Why does everything with the community have to be black or white...raciallly moviated voting is WRONG! Peebles desereves to win because he has done his time in the investigative dept. and knows how to run things...Voting for someone because they are black is just as racist as not voting for someone because they are!!! Wake up this is not the 60's YOU are not on the back of the bus! take care of yourselves and quit stealing and killing one another and wanting handouts and we all could rise above... Vote for the BEST person man or woman black or white... You see what voting for Obama did! Or do you?

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 07/05/12 - 06:07 pm
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Good for Roundtree

Good for Roundtree.

And to protect against accusations of slander and/or defamation, it is smart to have a legal advisor or two. Very wise indeed.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 06:10 pm
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HairstylinSue

How can you support CAPTAIN P, THE OBAMA SUPPORTER, if you think so lowly of Obama? CAPTAIN P, THE OBAMA SUPPORTER, has openly bragged about attending Obama's inaguration and said he would put an Obama sticker on his county car if he could. Something doesn't compute.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/05/12 - 06:17 pm
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The tone of the race for the Democratic nomination...

for Sheriff of Richmond County is worsened by demagogic rhetoric, particularly when such language emanates from the mouth of a court officer who represents a candidate in that contest.

gildea09
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gildea09 07/05/12 - 06:20 pm
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Running scared!

Sounds like Roundtree's camp is running scared. I mean seriously, when you start publicly defaming a career law enforcement officer about who he supports! Then try to make an issue out of them coming to Augusta on city time? I know for a fact Peebles is not on the job right now while he campaigns, but how about Roundtree? I heard, not confirmed, that he is still at work with RCBOE. If true, why?

Pumped Up Kicks
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Pumped Up Kicks 07/05/12 - 06:21 pm
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Commissioner Endorsements

Al Mason has endorsed Scott Peebles, according to the Peebles facebook page. My vote is for Scott Peebles - Obama supporter or not - I could care less who he supports for president as long as he is the best man for the job, which I believe he is.

boomhauer
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boomhauer 07/05/12 - 06:25 pm
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Politics in Augusta...what a
Unpublished

Politics in Augusta...what a joke! These people can't even have an election without race, finger pointing, or some sort of shenanigans going on!

I see why Augusta is called Disgusta!

PS: Peebles has my vote.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 06:30 pm
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The Way Williams Answered Today Was Even Wrong

Williams said on camera today that although he had made a mistake he was a member of the national group. Yeah, as of Tues. after all this broke.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 07:14 pm
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Racial Politics

If you don't understand this attempt by Peebles using Williams is nothing but racial politics, it's beyond me.

thriller n manila
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thriller n manila 07/05/12 - 06:31 pm
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Underdog always do it big

Underdog always do it big keep on with the gibberish, Roundtree will be Richmond County new Sheriff! Scott Peebles is a Republican inside out ,but is trying to cross- dress as a Democrat for Black votes, can't play both sides. The "Man" trying to trick naive Black voters. Chief Alfonzon Williams (a yes - man) need to resign for his publicity stunt for his master Scott Pebbles.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/05/12 - 06:32 pm
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Wow

Charles Lyons is very intelligent. The way he talks during news conferences - "Okie Doke", "folk", etc. - makes him look rather unintelligent. Just who is he talking to? Who is he, and his (Roundtree) campaign pandering to? It looks like he's trying to appeal to the uneducated and uninformed. Why?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 06:45 pm
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FatBoyHog asked,"Is Roundtree

FatBoyHog asked,"Is Roundtree going to have an attorney on staff at the Sheriff's Office?"

Is Peebles going to have someone in the (or formerly whichever applies) night club trade on staff at the Sheriff's Office?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 07:06 pm
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If you want to talk pandering...

The height of pandering is the Peebles campaign. Talking out of both sides of his mouth playing up to conservatives, while running as a Democrat and saying he supports Obama. Getting this sham endorsement that supposedly represented a large organization of blacks is simply another example.

Y'all can do what you want, but I'm supporting someone honest enough to run under their true banner. Dang the torpedoes, full speed ahead. Do what's right, always.

janderson1945
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janderson1945 07/05/12 - 07:01 pm
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Pumped

Thank you for that information, I went and looked for myself. That does answer one of the questions above since apparently Alvin Mason has a photo and announcement officially endorsed Peebles this week. Also shown endorsing him are Sammie Sias, a neighborhood association president (not sure who he is) and the family of JD Paugh, but we personally heard from them and their endorsement at the Julian Smith event a few weeks back.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/05/12 - 07:10 pm
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RM, Peebles doesn't have

RM, Peebles doesn't have anyone in the night club business (or formerly in the nightclub business) acting as his mouthpiece, therefore he won't need one on staff.

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 07/05/12 - 07:14 pm
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Well that just says it all

Well that just says it all doesn't it?

Alvin Mason supports Peebles! Deke supports Peebles! Joe Jackson FINANCIALLY supports Peebles (maybe ... if ya know what I mean)!

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 07/05/12 - 07:16 pm
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Fatboyhog ... uhm his

Fatboyhog ... uhm his Campaign Manager is the former owner of a local nightclub. Try again please.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 07:17 pm
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FatBoyHog

I'd hide such an individual, too, but we both know his role.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 07/05/12 - 07:20 pm
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I know I may not speak for

I know I may not speak for others but no one else on hear speaks for them either. As for who Clay Whittle supports, here is a direct quote from him speaking for himself on the CALEA website: "I would not send my kids to a school or a hospital that was not accredited, and I think the citizens of Columbia County deserve the professional delivery of services by my office that is embodied by the CALEA standards." Sheriff Clay Whittle, Columbia County (GA) Sheriff's Office which by all accounts rules Freddie out as a choice from Whittle. If that isn’t enough to rule Freddie out then maybe his many comments against community policing which Whittle implemented very successfully and recently interviewed on the news about along with Captain Steve Morris about how well it worked and how little it cost, if anything compared to the millions Freddie says it will cost. And, what ruled him out with deputies though he was 2nd choice for some, including myself, was his interview with the chronicle where he basically wants to leave the department the way it is except for taking some things back to the way it use to be years ago including the fact that we should all carry less ammunition so we aren’t intimidating. Really?? Speaking for myself I believe Scott Peebles to be the best candidate and if I were allowed to endorse him although it wouldn’t mean to much, I certainly would.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 07:20 pm
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Peebles Ticked at South Augusta?

Apparently, in an upcoming article in the other town paper Peebles expresses his displeasure with South Augusta because of its support for Silas.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/12 - 07:25 pm
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RATIONAL

Y'all are really stretching to use Whittle. I say he's still ticked at Lewis Blanchard's campaign and won't help you in any way. Plus, he's no Obama supporter.

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