In the Cherokee language, “Snellville” means “we couldn’t make this up,” and every Snellville campaign proves the wisdom of Georgia’s original settlers. It’s just not a Snellville election without wild accusations, sign thefts, handbills taped to mailboxes, fake facebook accounts, anonymous hate on blogs and now -forged emails and littering. That’s right, littering!
WSB-TV has the story of Kelly Kautz, candidate for Mayor of Snellville, who claims that a blogger who interviewed her added words to one of Kautz’s emails to make it appear Kautz was threatening the blogger/interviewer/intern/consultant and that somebody printed the altered emails up and threw them in people’s driveways. This is what passes for political consulting in Snellville. Stop laughing, it gets weirder.
Kautz has “…filed a police report and contacted the Georgia Secretary of State’s office over allegations that [the] emails had been forged and then published by a local blogger… and is seeking that Marcy Pharris… be removed as assistant poll manager in today’s election for distributing the emails,” according to the story in the Gwinnett Daily Post. (A poll manager? Yes. A poll manager.)
It should be noted that Kautz’s opponent, Barbara Bender, refused to comment on the allegedly altered email.
I’ve run some campaigns out in Snellville, and I believe there’s something in their water. But whether they need more of it or less of it, I can’t say.