On Feb. 22, embattled Gwinnett County Commissioner walked out of a board meeting when about two dozen protesters began to line up during the public comment period to speak out against him. They continued to speak out for over an hour even after he had scampered away.
A wave of local protests have erupted since Hunter called John Lewis “a racist pig” in a Facebook post on Jan. 14.
Hunter faced immediate backlash. Dozens of protesters showed up at a scheduled board meeting just three days after the post was made, and people across Georgia began calling for Hunter’s resignation.
On Feb. 6, two local attorneys filed a formal ethics complaint, asserting that Hunter’s social media rants violated three portions of Gwinnett County’s ethics ordinance. Hunter’s attack on Lewis wasn’t his first controversial Facebook post. Hunter has also attacked transgender people, women and Spanish speakers and defended the use of the racist term “colored people.”
Before the ethics complaint could move forward, a hearing officer had to determine if the complaint met the “technical requirements” of breach in the ordinances.
According The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the officer decided that the complaint should proceed.
These protesters and all the Georgians that have followed this story and spoken out are proof that progressives are fired up and ready to take action during this politically charged time.
You can keep the momentum going by taking action now.
Call Hunter’s office at 770-822-7003 and let him know what you think about his disrespectful comments toward civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. Tell Tommy Hunter that it’s time for him to step down.