Tuesday, November 1, 2005
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Clayton News Daily
October 31, 2205
Forest Park mayor candidate clarifies issue
To the editor:
During this campaign season, I made it clear that I would not accept monies from the Crazy Horse Saloon. Not that I have issues with the Crazy Horse which happens to be a lawful establishment in our community. But because our present administration have accepted monies after stating that they would not accept funds from this business. This has caused much conflict conducting city business. And a small vocal group of citizens continue to add the “Crazy Horse” to the agenda of our bi-monthly council meetings. I received a contribution from a firm located in the city of Atlanta by the name of GFT Management. It was unbeknown to me at the time that GFT was owned by Mr. Jack Mallardi, who is also the owner of the Crazy Horse Saloon in Forest Park. I was unaware that both enterprises were owned by the same individual until on Thursday, October 27, 2005, when a close and trusted friend of mine accompanied with a “broken spirit” and documentation in hand, confidentially brought it to my attention. I owe him a debt of gratitude.
On October 28, 2005, I went to my bank and withdrew funds from my personal account via cashier's check (this done of my own volition) in the amount of the contribution received and mailed it to GFT Management via Certified Mail as reimbursement due to a possible conflict of interest and the appearance of impropriety, along with a statement of apology.
Early on, I have learned an invaluable lessoné “Take nothing for granted.” As a child, my mother taught me and my seven siblings that when we make a mistake, be willing to “admit to it” and the world will respect you for your integrity. She also taught us that we were not expected to live perfect lives. However, “a man without integrity cannot and will not be trusted by anyone.”
I understand the concerns that this must cause the citizens of Forest Park. I hope never to lose your trust. Never will I take the trust of our citizens for granted. I realize that trust must be earned and not demanded as some may think. I accept the task earning your trust and respect.
I also wish to thank my adversaries and political opponents for their diligent investigation in this matter. I am sure that their motives were to spoil my chances of being elected as the first African American mayor of Forest Park. I have chosen to convert their attacks and use them as opportunities for growth and “chart” this experience as a lesson learned in Politics 101.
I ask the citizens of Forest Park to be patient with me. I am still growing and God is not through with me yeté.Thank you for your understanding.