McGary Says Freeman Used Poor Judgment In Ties With Curry, Love

Sunday, March 03, 2013

District 8 City Councilman Andrae McGary said his opponent, Moses Freeman, "has demonstrated noteworthy poor judgment in selecting leaders for this community."

He said in the early 1990s Mr. Freeman "was the head of the search team to find a new director of the Chattanooga area Urban League and selected Charles Love. Mr. Love later went on to embezzle money from the organization and had to resign. Love later went on to become the central figure in 'Operation Tennessee Waltz', a corruption sting by the TBI.

 He hand selected, as his successor at Neighborhood Services, Kenardo Curry. Kendardo Curry, too, faced criminal charges for misuse of city of Chattanooga funds and is expected to finally face trial this month after his arrest in 2006."

Councilman McGary said, “I cite these two examples of very bad judgment because they are not coincidental, but a pattern with Mr. Freeman. As a councilman, we make appointments to boards and have input into who the next mayor selects as administrators. The last thing we need is Mr. Freeman having any say so on selecting future leaders for our community. Mr. Freeman also has been a tireless supporter of Ward Crutchfield and William Cotton. We do not need someone who is politically inclined to allow 'Tennessee Waltz Alums' and other known felons to regain access to city government. Nor do we need someone representing District 8 bring new people to civic leadership that selects as poorly as Mr. Freeman.

”Chattanooga has come too far to go back and select someone that will bring us back to a very dark time. I urge voters of District 8 to consider Mr. Freeman’s selection of both Charles Love and Kenardo Curry."


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