A sadder display

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM.

How does a private citizen have information about an investigation that does not appear in the official file?

Yet this presentation, having nothing to do with county business, fueled 20 minutes of badgering and allegations from the podium by county commissioners, with Williams pronouncing he had worn a wire and using the term “blackmail” at least five times.

That transcribed and recorded conversation, by the by, should be a required civics lesson. It is a cynical, profane and calculating conversation about government from an experienced politician.

It is eye-opening.

It also includes the only reference to McElroy, and not in the most positive light.

Nonetheless, the major component of that file is a transcription and CD of a recorded conversation between Williams and St. Joe Beach resident Tom Graney, a political adviser and personal friend.

Investigators’ later interview with Graney is not even noted in the file made public.

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