PTC plot to install former mayor as city manager? No way, they say

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 4:10pm
By: John Munford

Viral email rumor campaign is just plain wrong, candidates vow

Political emails have been circulating in Peachtree City, alleging that two candidates in the Nov. 3 election plan to dump City Manager Bernie McMullen and replace him with former Mayor Steve Brown.

Such talk can be chalked up to the rumor mill. Brown told The Citizen this week he would not accept such a position. And the two candidates who appear to have been the target of the email have both said there is no such plan.

One of the emails was started by a Peachtree City resident, whose name we are withholding because she is not otherwise a public figure. In her email, the resident said that two candidates, whom she did not name, wanted to remove McMullen and replace him with Brown.

She also noted in the email that she supports Cyndi Plunkett for mayor and Les Dyer in the Post 4 council race. In a phone interview Monday, she denied that any candidate had anything to do with the email.

“I did not consult Cyndi Plunkett or Les Dyer about this at all,” she said. “I wrote the letter to [editor] Cal [Beverly] on my own and then emailed it to my friends on my own. No political candidate was involved in this at all.”

Her email had a political slant in attempting to associate Brown, who lost a mayoral re-election bid four years ago against political unknown Harold Logsdon, with the unnamed candidates.

Because she supports Dyer, it was clear she was speaking of Vanessa Fleisch, the only other candidate in the Post 4 race.

And though there are three candidates in the field for mayor including Plunkett and Scott Rowland, Don Haddix thinks he was the target of her criticism.

Fleisch said Tuesday that she has not even contemplated removing McMullen and replacing him with Brown.

“It is baseless,” Fleisch said of the email accusation.

Haddix said Monday that Brown is not qualified to be hired as city manager.

“Steve Brown has a political history here,” Haddix said. “He is a controversial figure and he does not meet the qualifications required for the city manager’s position.

Plunkett told The Citizen Monday that she hadn’t even heard of the woman’s email, much less authorized it. She also said her political consultant and her husband, the two others working on her campaign, wouldn’t have authorized it either.

“It was not directed by me,” Plunkett said.

The resident declined comment when asked where she heard the allegations that two candidates wished to install Brown as city manager.

She said she initially sent the letter to Citizen editor Cal Beverly for publication in today’s issue, but he responded that it wouldn’t run because of the newspaper’s “October surprise” policy that bans the bringing up of “new” campaign attacks in letters immediately preceding the election.

Such a policy prevents candidates from being blind-sided with a new allegation without an opportunity to respond to it in print.

The resident at that point said she decided to send the letter as an email to her friends instead. It went viral.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the text of the email mentioned in the story above:

I am a bit concerned about a possible scenario that is being discussed all over town.

There are a couple of candidates who seem to have a hidden agenda. I wouldn’t even bring it up, but it seems to keep coming up, and from very credible sources.

Allegedly, these two candidates are proposing that, should they get elected, they will work to get rid of City Manager Bernie McMullen, and put Steve Brown in the position.

While I do not discount Steve Brown’s experience as Mayor, I do question his qualifications to be the city manager of Peachtree City. Bernie McMullen is an engineer. From what I understand, Steve Brown’s education is in the field of Journalism.

I also have a degree in Journalism, and am very sure I am not qualified to be the city manager.

Please cast your votes very carefully on November 3rd. Otherwise you could end up with someone with my educational background at the city manager’s desk and that would be a disaster for all of us.

While I will not mention the names of the candidates in question, I will say that I am supporting Cyndi Plunkett for Mayor and Les Dyer for Council Post 4.

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Submitted by The Prince on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 7:28am.

I have heard this rumor also. I am glad that in general the election has been based upon the issues!

"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."

-Machiavelli, The Prince

Submitted by Bonkers on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 8:36am.

I do hope Brown can be convinced to be hired. What a wonderful change that would make in PTC politics.

Submitted by hi grover on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 7:34am.

Do you think that this plan was hatched in the pews?

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 7:47am.

This was probably hatched at a bingo night over drinks. Then they all went to confession before they left church.

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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 8:51am.

Well now, with support like her you don't really need opponents, do you?

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Submitted by Gene61 on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 1:43pm.

A typical response, to dare say someone should not even be a part of society. I wonder where does someone go to obtain this power to cast such judgement? When wone can't argue the facts, or support their thought process, its the personal attack lines that are soon to follow.

I don't have a dog on this fight, but given the level of discourse, no wonder many americans have simply washed their hands when to comes to politics and political hacks.

Its usually those with the biggest mouths or keyboards that haven't even held an office, most don't even cast a vote!..

Thats my word..

Submitted by jackyldo on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 5:55am.

I'd bet 30 % of the people don't know there is an election next week and 30 % that do won't even bother to vote.

Vote out the sell outs next week .. Don't vote for those who want more shopping centers, more traffic lights and less amenities.

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Submitted by Steve Brown on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 7:03pm.

This last minute viral email propaganda favoring the Plunkett and Dyer campaigns is sad indeed.

I love the discussion on qualifications. What exactly are the qualifications, do you know?

My degree is in journalism management (the business end) with a minor in computer science. I have owned my own business, managed in a manufacturing entity of what was then the world's largest conglomerate, managed the speciality practices wing of a large corporate practice and ran several successive solo general an speciality practices.

However, the wildest part of all is that anyone would even think I would consider the city manager's job. To date, the good old boys have sued me, had me arrested, filed state ethics charges against me, and run various propaganda campaigns against me. I cannot even imagine what they would try to do to me if I was the city manager. Mudcat would have to called out his Direct PAC buddies.

No way, no thanks.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 7:17pm.

First it was Rapson, now it is you and we don't need you or want you. You got it right that you have been attacked - and supressed. Peachtree City is a better place because of that.

What say you, brown.

More importantly, what say you, birdman, badptc, spyglass, etc.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 7:07am.

Maybe you can refresh my memory?
Who was it that Brown didn't like that you did? Or what was it?

In the overall, he was badly needed at the time to call attention to some severe problems!

He didn't suffer fools too well, however.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:46pm.

I don't think this is a good idea. The brown clown was not qualified to be mayor or even a productive member of society. I am not dissing the several house husbands we have in PTC - just the brown clown.

Submitted by Bonkers on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:26pm.

Sounds similar to what Nixon did in California on an election eve (accused someone of being a Communist with no time for rebuttal) and of course Watergate and the Plumbers.

However, I would vote for Brown as City Manager. If I were on Council. All it takes is intelligence.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:40pm.

and that's how he got the nick name "tricky Dick".
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 4:55pm.

the honorable thing and allowed the candidates to respond, which they just have (in your article above), so why not release the letter now?

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Submitted by Cal Beverly on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 5:19pm.

Excellent suggestion. See above.

Cal Beverly
The Citizen
Fayetteville, Ga. 30214

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 6:18pm.

So, if I got this right - a lady sends 1 e-mail stating that 2 candidates in this upcoming election will replace Bernie with Steve Brown? Then the fact checking determines that the 2 candidates and the Brown person deny all involement. Ok. Fine. Now, please tell me ---- why does this get a headline in The Citizen? Huh? Cal?

And why in the world do you let Steve Brown have a column in your (or Frank Caywood's) newspaper? Huh? Cal?

Submitted by Bonkers on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 6:25am.

There will be no criticism of a publisher of bogus books in this paper!

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:14pm.

from your original article above, you stated this was originally a letter to you to be posted in the paper this week...I appreciate the fact that you printed the letter online here, but who wrote it?

If it was to be a letter in The Citizen tomorrow, wouldn't you need to publish the letter writer's name at the end of the letter? If so, why not above at the end of (her?) letter?

Submitted by Howard Beale on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 7:31pm.

PTCGOIL, this is The Citizen... and you expect accountability?? How silly and childish of you.

Of course you don't need to use a real name when writing into Beverly's yellow rag. Ever heard of the 'Free Speech' section?

And what about these blogs? I'm willing to wager a guess that PTCGOIL is not the name on your driver's license (and Howard ain't my name neither)

This story is a perfect example of how NOT to cover a local election. This nugget of non-news should have stayed that way. Instead Beverly, Munford and Co. turned it into an 'October Surprise'

What a disgrace, but then again, it's The Citizen. What can we expect?

Submitted by MYTMITE on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 1:42pm.

Since when is it non-news when someone (after failing to have it posted in the newspaper) uses their church bulletin e-mail list to smear two candidates running for public office, especially when this person ends up by endorsing two of their opponents? As for people not using their real names, I really don't know of any blogs where people do use their own names. Because there are some sick people out there (just ask Muddle) it is best to remain anonymous. Same reason there is a Free Speech column--where people can vent without others like yourself coming down on them. Sometimes, same as on this site, people misuse it--that is human nation. Don't like it--don't read it--simple.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Wed, 10/28/2009 - 10:32am.

If you are so "above it all" when it comes to The Citizen, what the .... are you doing even being here???? Says way more about you, you phony.

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