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Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. issues an official statement in response to the ethics probe

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(Editor’s Note: This is the mayor’s full statement without any edits)

The Ethic’s Commission made one vote today, finding probable cause to allow further investigation of whether I participated with an unregistered Ballot Committee that should have filed required Disclosures. I vehemently disagree with the Commission’s vote.  The billboards were purchased by Cardinale Management, the owner of the Regency Mall property.  I am disappointed that the Commission found probable cause even though they acknowledged that there was no obligation to register a Ballot Committee or to file disclosures if the Billboards were purchased by an individual or corporation, as they were in this matter.

The billboards that we are talking about four years later have a signed contract by the owner of the Regency Mall, and I am now held responsible for their action because the Ethics Commission has not been able to make contact with Cardinale Management. If you listened to today’s hearing, the Commission’s attorneys admitted that they had no evidence that Mayor Hardie Davis or Tonia Gibbons participated in a Dark Money Ballot Committee.

It is important to note that the Ethics Commission also voted against a probable cause finding against Tonia Gibbons, whose name was included on the Complaint because she was copied on the lone email stream that I regrettably responded to.  Were it not for that email, I do not believe that either Tonia Gibbons or I would have been included in the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County Complaint.

Regarding the second matter before the Ethics Commission, no second vote was required because I consented to probable cause as to the Complaint alleging late filing and improper use of campaign funds.  I elected to do so because I want the opportunity to make sure that the Commission understands that mistakes made were of minimal consequence and that all of the filings have been corrected and filed.

5 COMMENTS

  1. What about the “outside” office staff? I believe they could be very helpful, to get a better idea of just how corrupt this guy is. How lucrative would it have been if Richmond County voters bought his song and dance about moving the arena to the old mall site? I remember that he worked the idea pretty hard.

  2. You are a horrible mayor and should be standing beside Sias in court. You have tried your best to hide your actions, spend money on frivolous things and refuse to produce receipts nor follow the procurement process set by law. You are a condescending gas bag and a typical political hack. You even used a non profit charity as your own personal play fund. How you can say you’re a preacher is beyond me. You should resign immediately. What a hack!

  3. This investigation needs to probe much deeper. The taxpayers of Richmond county have a right to know where and who the money was dispersed to. All of this. – investigation, forensic audit needs to happen prior to any vote on any budget. The money that is wasted and misappropriated needs to be accounted for, every last penny. Taxpayers have been in the hook long enough.

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