(In the Superior Court judge race), ... Austin Rhodes is ... taking bits and pieces of information from a person that does not have the character or integrity to even identify himself, and then parroting this biased message over the air. This is the same thing he accuses the "other station" across the river of doing of only passing on information that fits their agenda.
If Rhodes took some time to check, he would have found that Charles Walker and Bill Williams had numerous battles while Williams was a commissioner. In fact, Williams led the fight to eliminate the funding for the Human Relations Board that Walker chaired. That was just one of many conflicts Williams and Walker had during that time. In retaliation, Walker was instrumental in having Williams' district reshaped so that his house was in the district of another commissioner. ...
Walker gloated to one of Williams' law partners that he had the last laugh.
It's also disappointing that Rhodes has not taken the time to even meet Williams. He does not know him so it would be hard to pass fair judgment when all the information you are fed is from a person with a biased agenda. ... I had told Williams that I thought he would get a fair shake if he would appear on the show. ... The one time, besides this time, I thought he was wrong was in the Aiken sheriff's race when he trashed Michael Hunt. At that time I did not think Hunt was as bad as Rhodes painted him out to be. Well, Hunt was elected sheriff and I think most people would agree that he has done a great job.
The more than 1,200 Columbia County people who attended Williams' Columbia County barbecue support Williams because they know he is fair, a great family man, a leader in his church and the most qualified candidate. In fact, Williams has tried more cases in Superior court in the past five years than the other three candidates combined. This is a matter of public record. One of the candidates, David Roper, has not set foot in a superior courtroom on a case in more than five years. He just does not practice law in superior court. You do what you know you're good at, and although Roper is a good man, he obviously knows he's not good at trial work. That's just a fact.
Let this race be about who has the most experience to better serve our three-county area. Remember, the candidate with no experience will always talk about something else or his supporters will try to throw mud at the candidates with experience. Columbia County voters are smart enough to know the difference...
Tom Werner is campaign manager for Bill Williams.)
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