It came Monday the 12th. One week and one day before the final Election Day. I have to say “final” Election Day because it seems like Augustans have been voting for over a month.
I have maintained for years that my old friend Helen Blocker-Adams is too nice to be in politics. Too nice, too naive and too sheltered.
But pardon me if I allow Mr. and Mrs. LaFavor in Aiken County to disagree with my assessment. They seem to have about 60,000 reasons not to want to trust her. As you know by now, Helen went belly up on a mortgage she owed the LaFavors, and was ordered by a South Carolina court to pay them a sum of money that, since 1997, has grown from about $13,000 with interest and penalties to now over $60,000.
There were other financial embarrassments for Helen in the same package: details of a repossessed car and another issue involving a $50,000 judgment against her from Security Federal Bank. I would ask Helen about these issues, but she did not want to accept my invitation to address the matter on the radio show. That is her call, of course.
That none of these items have come up before now in any of her other political campaigns is a bit of a mystery to me. Not sure why the LaFavors did not issue a press release during one of her other runs, but they did not. I was in the process of vetting the information when my station’s morning show host picked up the packet I left at the close of my Monday show and decided to read it on the air Tuesday morning with all the names attached. I take my share of the blame because I left the info in the studio, and I guess I have to thank the Good Lord that the material contained inside was all on the mark. No harm, no foul.
I hate to have to say this, but I was going to have to release the info Tuesday afternoon; it was simply too serious a charge not to address.
I get a LOT of interesting information sent to me in political seasons, pretty sensational stories. There were the nude pictures of one candidate’s spouse. The list of homosexual partners of another politician who was “deeply closeted” at the time, the criminal backgrounds of elected officials’ children/parents/siblings. I have gotten enough junk on candidates through the years to write a book, even some interesting images of a particularly pious local couple being far less than pious. To date, I have never acted on any of it. A lot of the material is ancient, some of it may even be made up, but virtually all of it is immaterial in the current scheme of daily life.
This mortgage business with Helen Blocker Adams is at least 17 years old; the other two cases, 12 and 13 years old. Should she be shunned politically for it? I would say no. She is a good woman who has publicly discussed her shortcomings on many occasions. But the fact that she was “blindsided” by this issue does seem to prove my theory about her naiveté.
For those who want to suggest that another candidate planted this release, or even encouraged it, I would say guess again. It was merely a pissed-off civilian who decided that a “bad businesswoman” should not be put in charge of Georgia’s second-largest city. No grand conspiracies, no payoffs, no extortion. Just a pissed off dude with a true story.
Helen, I tried to tell you…