This Shouldn’t Even Be News

But it is.

Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor said he will stand by his 21-year-old son as he faces the consequences of being behind the wheel in a fatal wreck and a resulting drunken driving charge but said he won’t give up either his current post or his campaign for the governor’s office.

“My first obligation is to my family but I absolutely do plan to continue my political career,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday.

Our prayers are with his family.


  1. rickday says:

    Seems to me that if MT had not interferred (read: used his influence to get Fletcher’s opiate possession case transferred from CO to GA, where it was easily dismissed) with his son’s drug case, then Fletcher would be in the same boat as 2 million other ‘unconnected ” citizens, and would have been sitting his happy ass behind bars.

    Joe would be alive today. Why? Because Fletcher could not drive drunk while doing time for his crime.

    Instead, Mr Taylor pulled his power strings to get his son off with a slap on the wrist and out behind a wheel.

    Now, poor Joe is dead because a few years ago, Mark Taylor utilized a common power play for the well-connected in our justice system – get your kids out of trouble with your influence.

    Since that day I have lost all respect for this man.

    If it is fair for some, it sould be fair for all. End political corruption by regulating drugs, instead of prohibiting them.

    just my Independent opinion, albeit harsh. (and you think Republicans can be mean, LOL)

  2. Thought readers may be interested in the truth and not a slander:

    November 22, 2002 Friday Home Edition

    SECTION: Metro News; Pg. 8D

    LENGTH: 254 words

    HEADLINE: Tests end drug case for son of Taylor



    Fulton County prosecutor Paul Howard will drop drug trafficking charges against the 19-year-old son of Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, a spokesman confirmed Thursday.

    Erik Friedly, speaking for Howard, said the results of lab tests of what was initially believed to be opium showed it was “not an illegal substance, so we don’t have anything to proceed on.”

    Friedly said it would be made official during a court hearing set for Monday before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jackson Bedford.

    The lieutenant governor said in a written statement he was relieved.

    “As I’ve said before, I’ve always believed in my son and his innocence,” Taylor said. “Our family appreciates the support, prayers and concern that have been expressed by so many during this difficult time.”

    The drug-trafficking case against the other two men arrested with Taylor also will be dropped, but the pair still face other charges that came out of the stop.

    Fletcher Taylor and two friends were arrested after a July 29 traffic stop in north Fulton County. Police officers believed they had found 29.5 grams of opium under a seat in a Lincoln Navigator in which Fletcher Taylor was a passenger.

    Since his arrest, the younger Taylor has been free on bail, attending the University of Colorado.

    When Mark Taylor first ran for office four years ago, he admitted he had used marijuana and cocaine in the early 1980s, when he was not much older than his son is now. Taylor apologized to voters and called his drug use “a mistake of my youth.”

  3. rickday says:

    ahhh….I do stand corrected. He attended UC at the time. I thought I had read the stop happened in CO.

    However, I wonder, now that we know Fletcher is no angel, what that substance in the hands of State Labs, really was? A wad of worm dirt? An old chaw of tobacco?

    Slander is such a harsh word for opinion…..actually spoken false words intended to intentionally harm are legally considered ‘slander’.

    I blieve ‘libel’ is the correct legal term for your dart. But, of course, in this context, it is free speech, having been labeled an opinion.

  4. Mouth of the South says:

    Actually, defamation is defamation, and you didn’t label it as opinion and regardless, you made a statement that he had his son’s case transferred. That’s a stement of fact and would be treated as fact by an average reader, in fact *was* treated as fact by an average reader, as indicated by the post immediately following yours.

    You suggesting that Mark Taylor is somehow responsible for the death in South Carolina is in bad taste and illogical, but it is a statement of opinion and, thus, protected speech. However, your statements regarding the actions of Mark Taylor, in which you stated he improperly used his influence to “transfer” a drug case involving his son and then had it dismissed, is libelous. And normally, malice and damages would have to be proven, but unluckily for you, when you publish false statements describing acts of wrongdoing of an elected official related to their official duties or in the line of their occupation or position (as a lawyer or an LT I think this would qualify) and when acting in careless disregard of the truth, it is *libel* *per* *se* and malice and damages are assumed.

    I am not even going to get into the statements you made about the son, who is not a public figure, and thus you have less protection in your statements.

  5. stephaniemills21 says:

    so, Rickday, where did you hear that info. Just want to know who is saying such things. I sure hope it is not the CC or Perdue folks. That could be very bad for them if they are pushing that story.

  6. landman says:

    This whole story is very sad and tragic and I do hope to never be in Taylor’s shoes,but being a parent I can attest that you never know with kids.I do find it interesting that it seems that some dems are attacking him on this.I thought it was only Republicans that eat their on.This should all be out of bounds and we should all wish the Taylor’s the best of wishes dealing with this set of events.

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