So, Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat, hosted a fundraising event this week called, “The Hall of Fame Tailgate Party” with special guest NFL legend Jerome Bettis.
The private event, which was held at the Evans Fitness Club, was advertised as benefitting the American Heart Association.
Sounds great, right?
But there was also something else very interesting on the event’s flyer distributed by Joe Mullins Management.
The sponsors listed for the event included several private companies such as taxslayer.com, Tranums Party Inflatables, Kona Ice, NutriShop and PDQ.
Nothing weird about that.
However, there was also an unusual logo included on the flyer that immediately raised some questions.
Columbia County’s government logo was included at the top of all the flyers for Mullins’ private event.
It immediately begged the question: Exactly how did Columbia County help sponsor this Hall of Fame Tailgate Party at Evans Fitness Center?
When Metro Spirit reporter Stacey Eidson asked Calie Cook, Columbia County’s public relations manager, about why the logo was included on Mullins’ flyer, Cook said she honestly did not know why.
“We are not sponsors. I guess maybe because the event is in Columbia County and that’s why they have our logo. I really don’t know,” Cook said. “But I noticed that we are, in fact, on the flyer, so it looks like we are sponsors. But we aren’t. We are not donating any space. We don’t have anything to do with the event at all.”
Cook did say she believed that Joe Mullins Management was initially considering holding the event at the Evans Towne Center Park, but reconsidered that plan.
“I think they decided not to have it at the Evans Town Center Park, so maybe the person who did their flyer went ahead and put the Columbia County logo on it?” Cook said. “I honestly don’t know.”
However, Cook said there are times that promoters include the Columbia County logo on promotional items to help indicate that an event is being held in Columbia County.
“There has been several events that we’ve gotten calls on that people have said they’ve seen our logo,” she said. “I think it is just because the event is held in Columbia County and they just want to have that logo and put it on there. I am assuming that might be the case with this.”
So, it was an innocent mistake by Joe Mullins to include Columbia County’s government logo on all his flyers for the event?
How many folks out there really believe that it was just merely an accident?
The truth of the matter is having the county logo on Mullins’ flyer helps legitimize the private event.
It is no big secret around town that some of Joe Mullins’ local events haven’t always run very smoothly.
In fact, some of his events have been absolute train wrecks.
Having the Columbia County logo on his flyer makes the event look more official.
But the most troubling aspect surrounding the mystery of why Columbia County’s logo was included on the private event is not really Joe Mullins’ actions. People expect bizarre behavior out of him.
The reaction of the county government is much more surprising.
Do you think Columbia County Chairman Ron Cross would allow the county logo to be included on any flyer just because that event might held in Columbia County?
There is absolutely no way Cross would permit the county’s logo to be splashed on flyer for, let’s just say, a political rally for Hillary Clinton.
The truth of the matter is, Cross and Mullins have a relationship that basically works like this: Mullins has money and Cross has political power.
It’s that simple.
The two even call themselves friends.
It’s also a well-known fact that Mullins rented a house owned by Cross in West Lake and eventually purchased that home from the chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.
Well, let’s just say, Mullins didn’t put that logo on his flyer without Cross knowing about it.
You can take that to the bank.