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Sadly, I also voted for this wingnut. Talk about feeling played. If I had possessed knowledge of this part of his history, and I believe if others also knew of it, he would not have been elected. He is a loose cannon who along with his crony, Nat Bates, uses race to divide the community. It is the act of desperate men, however 'divide and conquer' still works. Eventually the community will see him for who he truly is, and his little reign of terror will be over. Chevron will drop him like a hot potato.
Bates and Booze have been nothing but a disruptive force on the council. They continue to throw terms such as, Plantation Mentality, Wear your White Sheets, Klan Activists, and Racist around, driving, and often creating, a wedge between the people of this community. They are bullies, plain and simple. It is old school politics, which we have been getting away from, but they, and companies like Chevron, are determined to bring it back. Bates has been on and off the council for years, mayor twice, and what has he accomplished? He does nothing until election time. If you watch the previous two years council meetings you will really see him in action. It is only recently that he has settled down (and allowed Booze to pick up the baton) because he is up for election. I have no doubt in two years that Booze will all of a sudden find respect and politeness and then Bates will be the wild card because he is safe....actually if he is re-elected, I have no doubt he will resort to his true colors immediately.
These people are not on the side of the working class in Richmond. They have big $$ backing them and it would not surprise me if they are being mentored by spin doctors and big time politicos.
Sadly, there are people who appear to be buying their spin, and hate speeches.
Shades of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. The truth however, never goes away.
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