First to the podium was Terrell, who stated that the Republican Party was, in his own words “Trying to run Democrats,” and “The Republicans have even asked me to run, but I believe in the Democratic Party. Our party is the party for the working man.”
In an interview the next day, Terrell declined to identify the Republicans who attempted to recruit him. “I’d rather not say whom it was that asked me. Some of these people are friends.” Nor did Terrell comment if these people were social friends, actual members of a campaign, members of the Republican Party County Chairman’s staff, or Chairman J.D. Howell himself. “This happened before I was inclined to run for the County Judge’s seat.” He also added that the School Board elections are non-partisan.
Late to the dinner, due to an announced reason of being detained at a meeting at Frankfurt was Alexander, who took to the lectern at the end of the night. “Rumors are untrue that I will switch parties. I’ve used the same soap since I was 14, and changed deodorants once in my life. I am not a switching kind of guy,” he told the appreciative audience.
In a separate interview the next day, Hollis admitted he had not identified the source of this rumor. “In no shape, form or fashion is it true, however. I have had no contact with anyone from the Republican Party. Friends and supporters have heard the rumor around town, and I want to put a stop to it.”
Terrell also professed no knowledge of these rumors. “I don’t know who’s spreading it. I am not spreading it against Chief Alexander, and he has nothing to gain by spreading this against me.”
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