The ethics investigation around Tommy Hunter’s racist remarks earlier this year will begin in earnest at the end of this month, with the committee tasked with conducting the investigation reporting they will subpoena Hunter.
Hunter — who has thus far declined to participate in the process — will face, at most, a censure or a written reprimand. Residents have attended every Gwinnett County Commission meeting to register their disapproval of his comments and ask for his resignation.
Earlier this year, Hunter called respected Civil Rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig,” and liberals “demonrats,” and “libtards” in a Facebook post.
Hunter, unfortunately, has received public support for his statements. This includes one man who spoke before the Commission during the April 25 meeting.
“I can’t stand these crybabies, That’s what they are, they’re cry — now, do I believe in black rights? You’re damn right I do. I do. I think they should have the same rights we do. But I am tired of their doggone crying. Cry, cry, cry, It’s time that we stand up and tell them to shut up for a while. We’ve given you what you want, but shut up.”
Hunter might be largely silent about the calls for his resignation and the unfolding ethics investigation, but the sorts of supporters he attracts certainly raise a few eyebrows. Through a spokesperson, Hunter called the ethics investigation “entirely unconstitutional.”
Atlanta resident Nancie Turner filed the complaint in February, alleging that Hunter violated the Gwinnett County Commission’s code of ethics. Her attorney’s requested the board subpoena Hunter — which would compel him to testify — and they are planning to do so, according to the ethics board chairman. The May 31 meeting will be the final chance for both sides to make their case.
Better Georgia is asking folks to 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.