Fort Oglethorpe Mayor Challenges Paid Political Program

Edited by: Ashley Henderson

Reported by: Bill Mitchell
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Updated: 10/31/2013 9:40 am
FORT OGLETHORPE, GA. (WDEF-TV) The mayor of Fort Oglethorpe says a video shown on the local access T-V channel makes him fear for the safety of the community.
Mayor Lynn Long called a news conference.
And some in that divided community are saying its an effort to highjack next Tuesday's election.

Those who attended Mayor Long's afternoon news conference saw scenes from a hollywood movie.
It's about the true story of returning world war two soldiers who used armed resistance to take over a corrupt local government.
The clip was shown on a purchased political program on UCTV called "Time for Change."
The mayor says it sends the wrong message.

MAYOR LYNN LONG, FORT OGLETHORPE "This whole thing today is to not talk about politics, not to talk about elections...but to talk about the safety of the citizens of Fort Oglethorpe."

The TV show and the news conference are just the latest verbal attacks in a long-running and exceptionally bitter city council election set for next week.
The host of the UCTV show, Steve Cooper was at the news conference, but did not speak.

STEVE COOPER, HOST, "TIME FOR CHANGE" "I say the mayor doesn't understand the first amendment to the constitution of the United States. That allows free speech in this country ...I made it clear I was not condoning violence."

Three people, incumbent Earl Gray and challengers Paula Stinnett and Craig Crawford are trying to gain control of the city council, which they say wrecked city government with their actions last March.
The campaign has also been sprinkled with mischief, including someone tossing eggs at the home of a councilman and a member of the Charter Study committee.
Gray, Stinnett and Crawford, complained about this false campaign mail-out.

STEVE COOPER "I think the mayor is crying because people have begun the process of standing up to this out of control government."

MAYOR LYNN LONG "Politics has turned into a vicious, vicious thing."

The owner of U-C-T-V says she invited all of the candidates to appear on her talk shows.
Judy O'Neal says the program "Time for Change" was paid for by the Park Place Restaurant and Fines Gas.

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