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Op-Ed: Mayor Hardie Davis

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Nearly eight years ago, I ran to be elected to what would become my first term as Mayor of Augusta. That was a decision I came to after much prayer, thought, and discussion. Before that, I ran and was elected to represent our community in the Georgia Legislature. Again, a deeply personal decision t...

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31 COMMENTS

  1. First, stop whining Mr. Mayor, public criticism comes with the job, and if your staffer are as intelligent as you claim, they should have known that before agreeing to your job offer. Second, if your staffers did nothing wrong, then why are you defending them as if they did something wrong?, Perhap, if you and your staffers would have put into practice the words of UCLA Coach John Wooden there would have been less criticisms, Coach Wooden said, “Be more concerned with your character then your reputation. Your character is who you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

  2. Well, I guess that this Op Ed makes him feel better; but is really no help to any of the questions that are STILL unaddressed. Is he actually trying to defend them for NOT doing their job? What about the dishonest responses to questions? I would much rather have seen him hold a press conference, address the questions, and “set the record straight” in a manner that is more becoming of an elected public official. Once again, where are you Richmond County commissioners? Gosh all of you are looking so bad and do not seem to be willing to do anything about it. Silence is not the answer.

  3. I left voice message at Mayor’s office a year ago to please call me…still waiting on return call…wanted to commend Augusta Animal Control for their great work. Wonder if a staff member assigned to listed to voice messages and call back citizens/taxpayers? Also we have lots of good local Augusta web site designers and photographers…shop local Mr Mayor.

  4. All of this could be put to rest if the Mayor would address the questions regarding his expenditures, among others. The lack of transparency in his administration is a call for a forensic audit. The silence from commissioners on this point is deafening. The mayor’s OP-ED answered nothing, regarding questions that have been asked. Continue to ask and probe further for the sake of the Taxpayer’s.

  5. He answered one question, his staff consist of people he met while serving as President of African American Mayors Association, and lied when he said he made sure to hire Staff that were residents of GA and Augusta.

  6. I have many concerns about the cover-up of improper use of funds for MBK. The refusal to produce receipts for the credit card and pay pal expenditures in question proves that there is more to know. Mr Davis: quit preaching and find the guts to own up to your actions.

  7. He has personally “Removed Augusta from the shadows of the capital city”?? Seriously? I’m sure Atlanta is worried that Augusta might take the next Superbowl away from them…
    That quote alone lets me know that Hardie is not in touch with reality. My money is on his wife running for his job now. They don’t want to lose the influx of cash.

  8. Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. has no one to blame but himself for the light that has shone on his staff. Mr. Mayor is short-sighted to assert that he needed to go out of the area to hire people to solve Augusta’s problems. At least one institution of higher learning here in Augusta develops very high quality public servants who are well versed in solving Augusta’s problems. The key here is public servants should be hired to serve the public, not their King. The problems of the city will never be solved unless the current cabal is replaced with leaders who are serious about making Augusta a better place for all of its citizens, rather than a self-serving few. And the veiled threat did not go unnoticed. Just because someone does business with the city, they should not speak out if our resources are potentially misused? To me, it Sounds like a tactic to try to pull more into the cabal. Randall Sutton, MPA
    “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)

  9. I printed his op-ed, shredded it, and spread the shredded paper in our garden. All the plants got greener and I’m sure it will at least double the harvest this fall. You can also read this op-ed to dogs, cats, and children who have eaten poisonous or harmful substances. They will puke immediately. No facts, numbers, transparency, or reality. Just bragging, emotional appeals, and claiming to be a victim. As for his staff being criticized, my mother warned me that I would be judged based on the people with whom I associated.

  10. Right out of the Obama playbook! Please use the race card until the dots are worn off and then print a new deck! Hardie thinks he can use his race and escape any and all forms of non praise for his performance or lack there of. We would be better served if he were to become a airline host and jet around showing off his new suit and of course take his staff with him. They will need to carry his water. Judge Brown thought he too could use his race and power and how did that work out. We the citizens of this town turn and look the other way. We will always encourage free speech and decide once we have heard both sides what side we will take. And it will always be the right one!

  11. His response is total B S but what is so evident and slaps you in the face is that the county commissioners are silent and have been. They are involved it this in some way for sure. Not all of them but most of them and it’s a shame that Augusta cannot elect more honest and respectable people to help govern this city. Once the whole truth come out I think you will start to see his staff starting to leave.

  12. If the Black or White community support and elect this dishonest person to another office, they should all have their right to vote removed, now that it has been proven he is dishonest and working against the best interest of the citizens of Augusta/Richmond County. Even his hiring of people whom he has “meet” at the African American Mayors Convention (which should be illegal since there is not a White American Mayors Convention). This Black racisum has got to be stopped and the commissioners need to make sure no other Mayor ever gets to use the citizens money to go out of town to a “Black only” or “White only” Mayors Convention. The Citizens money is from both races black and white, and the mayor should represent both races, and the City government should be both black and white, so show us the last white person Mayor Davis recommended to hire or hired.

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