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County Councilman derides coverage of meetings and accusations made by print media

web posted July 13, 2010

Dear Editor,
I would like to clear up a misunderstanding that has occurred regarding the Edgefield County Council Meeting on July 6, 2010.  First of all, the way that the article in last week's papers were composed one can easily assume that I apologized to Mike Reed for accusing him of getting “kickbacks” for his involvement in the Calliham Project.  This was was not the case as I was the one being accused of claiming that he was getting “kickbacks.” 

During the meeting Mr. Reed approached the podium he stated that I had mentioned that there were “others” who said he was getting “kickbacks.”  As this was very different from the initial accusation, it was not what some witnesses at the meeting wanted to hear. 

As Mr. Reed and I conversed, my apology to him mentioned in the paper was for whatever misunderstanding there may have been between us. It was explained at the meeting that I had no recollection of making such a statement. I guess that if you were to only inventory the order of events and report them without the full context, one can report the facts but not tell the full truth. 

While both are true, regarding the accusation against me and the apology, without the details that I am providing now one would tend to be convinced that through the apology I was admitting that the accusation was true.

I was and still am of the mind that Mike Reed was not receiving illegal compensation for his duty on the new county building. I cannot however, fathom why I would be attacked as I was on the night of the council meeting. I believe that I am a very objective person and as such understand that people may have reasons for doing the things they do which I may not understand.

Rodney Ashcraft
Edgefield County Council District 2

Editor's note: Edgefield Daily correctly quoted all parties involved and Mr. Reed's admission that Councilman Ashcraft never leveled the charges County Administrator Alton Brown accused him of making.

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