Updated: Gubernatorial Candidate Michael Williams makes claims of bribery at State Convention

In between votes for State Chairman, candidates for governor are being allowed to make their stump speeches to the over 1500 delegates present in Augusta. 

Moments ago, gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams took the stage and his first statement was that he had just been offered Chairman of Appropriations in the State Senate if he would not run for governor. 

In a room filled with political cynicism, the claim was met with gasps. And while it made for a shocking opening statement, the remainder of Williams speech was filled with disgust and criticism for those who hold higher elected office that made the claim a little less credible. 

Williams’ senate colleague and fellow candidate for Governor, Hunter Hill, doubts the validity of the statement.

I don’t think it’s true. I wasn’t offered anything. 

William said last year he would run for Secretary of State, but announced for Governor in the last 24 hours. He was elected to the State Senate (District 27) in 2014 after self-financing his campaign with $300,000, taking the seat from incumbent Jack Murphy in Forsyth County during a run-off. 

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Why wouldn’t Williams go all the way and say who offered him the chair? Unless he’s saving it or, just thinking out loud here, there never was an offer and Williams is just another tea party slug with a particularly Trumpish gleam in his eyes.

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“I don’t think it’s true. I wasn’t offered anything.”

That’s beautiful, whether sincere or ironic. Way to go Hunter.

LoyaltyIsMyHonor
LoyaltyIsMyHonor

Um, it’s pretty obvious, don’t you think?

xdog
xdog

Maybe it’s obvious if there really was an offer but that would mean you’d have to ignore such things as incumbency and seniority. Regardless, I wouldn’t ever want to predict what Williams would say.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I wonder if Jack Hill knows that.

Zack Lindsey
Zack Lindsey

I love the drama now a days, with our booming film industry candidates really ought to be hiring sitcom writers to come up with their campaign story lines