Déjà vu: Merlene Up to Her Old Tricks...Again!
Today was the day they counted the affidavit ballots. When I arrived, the wife of the other candidate and Hugh Jay McGraw were in the office with the city clerk. Three women from the election commission came in followed by Cora Rogers. They all went in the back and I was told that I had to wait in the board room while they reviewed the ballots. The others eventually made their way to the board room. There were 12 affidavit ballots and they rejected 7 of those ballots because Cora Rogers, not the circuit clerk in Purvis, MS, allegedly informed the election commission that the people did not live within the city limits of Lumberton. How did Cora become a part of the election commission? Here’s another problem, 6 of the 7 ballots that were rejected are neighbors. So, if their vote did not count then how was I able to qualify to run for Mayor?
When I was asking for a copy of the names of rejected affidavit ballots, Merlene Wall, city clerk, was telling me that “I would get a copy of the list when she’s ready to give me a copy.” I told her, while I was on the telephone with a staff member of the Secretary of State’s office, “ I will get a copy of that list and I am not leaving until I get a copy.” She then huffed and angrily marched out of the board room and tripped. She then turned to me and said “excuse you.” Someone responded and told her to watch where she’s going. When she acted like I tried to trip her, keep in mind that I was sitting directly across from the Chief of Police, I said she’s coming directly from the Dennis Hobson playbook. I guess when you’re corrupt, you use the same game plan. I recall when Hobson was coming to a meeting and acting like someone pushed him. I think it was the same meeting when Kent Crider claimed Mr. Robert “Snow” Holder threatened him. Gotta love Lumberton politics! (Sarcasm intended)
The women left and went back into the backroom. Next thing I hear is Cora Rogers, broken English and all, yelling in the hallway for the Chief to come to the executive session room. At this point, all the women, including Cora Rogers, claimed they saw me try to trip Merlene and Cora Rogers allegedly told Merlene that she needed to press charges against me. It’s interesting that the women could barely see a ballot or name on a voter roll but they allegedly saw me trying to trip someone in the presence of surveillance cameras and a photographer for the newspaper while on the telephone with the Secretary of State office. During this time, I was still sitting in city hall, waiting for the list of names they rejected. About 15 minutes later, Merlene Wall emerged and handed me a copy of the names she said she wouldn’t give me until she was ready and was signing a statement to give to the Chief of Police so she can have a warrant issued for my arrest. I still don’t know what the charges are going to be but I’m sure they will find something since they managed to arrest me for a parking ticket. For those of you that forgot, one year ago today, I was served with a letter from Merlene Wall’s attorney accusing me of slander, stalking and an attempt to get a restraining order to have me banned from city hall. I guess she’s looking for another loophole since she lost her previous case. This election has been tainted from day one and it was because of Merlene’s criminal mind. She’s always plotting and looking for a way to blame others for her inability to do her job. She specifically was trained for the special election and she managed to screw it up. Now I’m waiting to see what’s next. I posted a copy of the names that were discarded because Cora Rogers allegedly said they don’t live in Lumberton. Those people listed need to take proof of residence to city hall, a written note (please give me a copy of both) and demand that their vote be counted before January 8, 2015. Now I must gather my thoughts to deal with the lies Merlene has continued to tell and prepare to defend myself against another lie that’s coming from the putrid mouth of the city clerk. I hope the LPD has enough money to pay for my medical services because I’m not taking my C-PAP machine with me. Lumberton Politics. It don’t get any dirtier than this.