He should resign

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Through all his bluster, his obstinacy and his willful obstruction of progress in Augusta's city government, the antics of Commissioner Marion Williams have reduced him to a mere sideshow.

Possibly not even that - at least sideshows have some entertainment value.

The list of his flawed, wrong-headed actions as District 2 commissioner could fill a book, and the latest chapter is being written now, regarding the flare-up over City Administrator Fred Russell's hard drive information.

Commissioner Calvin Holland unsuccessfully tried to gain access to the drive's private information in April. While the legality of such an act was being questioned, Williams claimed suddenly last month that he already had a copy of information from Russell's computer. He hasn't revealed exactly what he has or how he got it.

Because it's a crime to copy information from a computer without authorization, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office has gotten involved. But when investigators tried to question Williams about the hard-drive copy, he clammed up - on the advice of his newly retained attorney, Ben Allen.

That's right. An elected official - whom taxpayers fully expect to be a law-abiding citizen - is refusing to talk to authorities about a crime that may have been committed.

Augustans are counting the days until Williams' term of office expires at the end of this year. But at this point, can we really afford to do that? Enough is enough.

If there is an atom of humility left in Marion Williams' body, he would consider resigning.

He refuses to cooperate with his elected peers. He refuses to cooperate with law enforcement. He refuses to acknowledge the desires of ordinary citizens, virtually none of whom agreed with his plan to foist a needless drag strip on Augusta. He can't even summon enough common courtesy to avoid denigrating fellow Commissioner Joe Bowles by calling him "boy." And by not paying his outstanding property taxes, Williams refuses to cooperate even with the very government in which he serves.

It is ridiculous for a public official to play fast and loose with the truth, the justice system and the public's time and attention.

Officials such as Williams are the absolute last thing Augusta needs if it wants to prosper. He has abstained to stall commission votes. He has walked out of meetings to halt the disposition of city business. When he does stay in chambers, he has launched into bitter, long-winded tirades that are better measured with a calendar than with a watch.

Can anyone offer even one example of something that is better in Augusta as a direct result of Williams' tenure as District 2 commissioner?

When Williams leaves office, he will be acknowledged as one of the worst things - if not the worst thing - to happen to Richmond County government. If he has no shame about that, then he has no shame.

What's left, except to nudge him toward the door?

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coco rubio
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coco rubio 06/22/07 - 05:33 am
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didn't the chronicle endorse

didn't the chronicle endorse marion williams in the last election?

jaschild
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jaschild 06/22/07 - 06:02 am
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probably - who expects the AC

probably - who expects the AC to remain consistent?

Interested Citizen
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Interested Citizen 06/22/07 - 07:06 am
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Why can't something be done

Why can't something be done to get this man out of office immediately? He is an absolute disgrace to Augusta.

Tim Walters
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Tim Walters 06/22/07 - 07:06 am
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He is not going to resign. He

He is not going to resign. He is the new Charles "Catfish" Walker in Augusta. The City can not function with out that position being filled.
It is going to take a inditement to oust him

Khaaaaaan
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Khaaaaaan 06/22/07 - 07:36 am
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An indictment didn't stop

An indictment didn't stop Charles Walker. And yep...five minutes after he gets out of jail, he will be working to get back into office.

darr350
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darr350 06/22/07 - 07:53 am
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And they want to talk about

And they want to talk about racism, Marion Williams is the biggest racsist. If he were white he would already be gone from the commission. He has no hard drive, don't you think if he did and it had something on it he would already be slinging mud. he's a liar, he has nothing. And khaaaaaan you are right Charles Walker will be looking to get even when he gets out and the only way to do that is run for office. His ego and arrogance will not let him be a normal member of society. Unless his boy friend in prison has changed him.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 06/22/07 - 07:55 am
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If his constituents want him

If his constituents want him gone, look at The Georgia Recall Act of 1989 for guidance.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/22/07 - 07:55 am
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Well, it could be worse, he

Well, it could be worse, he could be dealing cocain.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 06/22/07 - 08:06 am
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I wouldn't doubt it. He is an

I wouldn't doubt it. He is an idiot.

Native Augustan
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Native Augustan 06/22/07 - 08:12 am
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PLEASE -- DO NOT LET MARION

PLEASE -- DO NOT LET MARION WILLIAMS RESIGN!!!!!!! If he does not complete his two consecutive terms he could be elegible to run again for that seat. We can stand another six months of his doings to get him off the commission to get rid of him. This November is will be exteremly important to review the candidates much more carefully as you see what we get when the voters of the second district vote for REVERAND Williams. Although the voters of the second district think MW is doing a very good job. He has them thinking the entire Commission is corrupt and runs on the Good Ole Boy system handing out favors to 'connected' people.

Raindance
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Raindance 06/22/07 - 08:22 am
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Oh, I'm willing to bet he has

Oh, I'm willing to bet he has the hard drive, alright - he just doesn't know what the hell to do with it. The road that will make him the most money or the road that will gain him the notariety he so wants to have. It's so hard to decide. Hm...blackmail looks good, too - that's even MORE money on down the road. You just watch.

jaschild
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jaschild 06/22/07 - 08:30 am
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i'm betting he is going to be

i'm betting he is going to be humiliated when we find out he was lying about having the hard drive. not enough of a reason to ask someone to resign - there are liars at all levels of politics. no way ben harbin needs to be in his position, though; i wish voters would consider trying to recall him. his antics cost the augusta area a great deal of state funds. harbin can just give up on his next election - contrary to what some people believe, there are voters who believe more in character & values than simply voting for someone who will shoot their mouth off.

Khaaaaaan
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Khaaaaaan 06/22/07 - 08:35 am
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Resigning couldn't help MW

Resigning couldn't help MW avoid term limits. The law says you can run for and win two full consecutive terms...then you are done. Doesn't matter how long you serve.

Khaaaaaan
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Khaaaaaan 06/22/07 - 08:36 am
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Also...he only has six months

Also...he only has six months left in office...so he can't be recalled.

LoveBlackAndWhite
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LoveBlackAndWhite 06/22/07 - 08:46 am
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Where's the accountability

Where's the accountability and the consequences for people like this? If we ignore these problems, they just keep coming back.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 06/22/07 - 08:58 am
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But....but he is a man of God

But....but he is a man of God with a penchant for real estate sales!!

kudzo-n-roses
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kudzo-n-roses 06/22/07 - 08:58 am
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Well marion here's a little

Well marion here's a little "Clarity" for you..........your term as the Villege Idiot is almost up.......the people is a countin the days.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 06/22/07 - 08:59 am
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Wanna make a wager on how

Wanna make a wager on how long Thomas Ravenel stays in office Owens? That's the difference. Conservatives that do these things don't stay around long.

good grief
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good grief 06/22/07 - 09:05 am
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For the record, Coco, the

For the record, Coco, the paper endorsed Freddie Handy in 2003, not Marion Williams.

jack
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jack 06/22/07 - 09:07 am
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Go Woody Merry !

Go Woody Merry !

thohen
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thohen 06/22/07 - 09:08 am
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I am not particularily in

I am not particularily in love with the government system in Augusta, as I see the commissioners with too much power and no one really to veto there blatant acts. On the other hand, they are acting like our Federal Officials like the Vice President who continuously run his office like a dictator, and refuses request, lawful request to monitor his office. Our Federal Officials act like they are above the law, and local government is just a small microcosm of what society (government ) is like throughout the US. So I see where all of this comes from, from W down to our commissioners.

weekapaug05
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weekapaug05 06/22/07 - 09:12 am
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Can anyone tell me one thing

Can anyone tell me one thing that MW has done to make our community better? Just one. Seriously, I still hear on the street people backing this dude and it's always for not taking crap from the white man, but what has he actaully done to make Augusta better?

pimpernell
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pimpernell 06/22/07 - 09:12 am
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Bravo Editor!........Your

Bravo Editor!........Your call for Marion Williams's resignation is a good first step. An indictment and a sentence would be better, But...you don't always get what you wan't.....but if you try sometime.....you get what you need!

pimpernell
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pimpernell 06/22/07 - 09:13 am
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Bravo Editor!........Your

Bravo Editor!........Your call for Marion Williams's resignation is a good first step. An indictment and a sentence would be better, But...you don't always get what you wan't.....but if you try sometime.....you get what you need!

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 06/22/07 - 09:32 am
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When I first saw the lead

When I first saw the lead editorial , "He should Resign", this morning, I thought the staff was writing about our incompetent president, George Bush. That what the staff should writte.
White people have a problem with Marion because he has questioned things they didn't want to come out.
The white commissioners want to operate the local government their way only and don't want the black commissioners to have any input.

Rose
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Rose 06/22/07 - 09:37 am
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Rozzie,I think all the

Rozzie,I think all the commissioners should get out, and the voters get new ones in office. It has nothing to do with color of skin.

kokousa
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kokousa 06/22/07 - 09:46 am
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Once again Augusta is filled

Once again Augusta is filled with a bunch of DUMB---, to think that Marion Williams is the only problem that this city has is ridiculous. There is a “GOOD OL BOY” system here, for example Bowles, Boardman’s, Blanchard’s etc… I believe Marion is not doing his job for his constituents without question. Just passing through his district you deserve combat pay, but the problems in Augusta are deeper than Marion alone. The people who have enjoyed the power to do what they wanted too unchecked for years have a problem with sharing it now. So to suggest that when Marion leaves office Augusta is going to be reborn like the phoenix then all of you are smoking “CRACK” Augusta will never change until you can get rid of ALL the backward thinking people, and then just maybe it will move forward. Get use to it people the SOUTH with never be the same way it was years ago!

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 06/22/07 - 09:46 am
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Rose, It is always about

Rose, It is always about color.Whites are afraid of sharing political power. This is happening all over the world.
Marion has dug up a lot of dirt and the white commissioners are afraid of the things that will be revealed.

pimpernell
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pimpernell 06/22/07 - 10:00 am
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kokousa Why don't you run for

kokousa Why don't you run for Commsission? You could be part of the solution. You certanly have enough opinion. Getting rid of the "Good Old Boys" will do abou as much good as ditching Marion. What kind of place breeds these types anyway?

cparker
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cparker 06/22/07 - 10:01 am
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Race does a play a part in

Race does a play a part in all of this. It is a sad reality....but I think Rose has it right. We should start all over by electing out all of the current commissioners. Marion Williams has one vote, but the commission still fails to get things done. Calvin Holland and Marion Williams maybe the biggest idiots on the commission currently, but there were lots of problems when they got there. They have did very little to improve things and thats why I am so disappointed in them.

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