A few day ago I received an "URGENT WARNING! Please read!" ad in my snail-mail. Opening it, the ad was titled, "Who is Cecil Bothwell?" Could it be a "Get to know your City Council Candidate" flier? No, it turned out instead to be an attack ad prattling on and on, spouting misquotes and misinformation, using as its source The Prince of War, by Cecil Bothwell. The ad, not signed, shows "Paid for by: Common Sense in government, Cecil Cantrell, Treasurer" in a tiny font at the bottom of the ad. A look-up on Google — and voila! Loads of interesting information! Well, Cecil Cantrell, since your moronic attack ad left no return address, I see no recourse but to write back to you in a public forum.
First, remove me from your mailing list!
Second, I not only know Cecil Bothwell, but I like him and voted for him in the primary, and will vote for him in the City Council election. I like what he stands for and his politics. I also like his ability to research and accurately report events and activities. Maybe ask your good buddy, the former Sheriff Bobby Medford, who is in prison and who you supported in 2006, about Cecil Bothwell's research and writing abilities.
Third, your tactics are well known. In 2003, a "VOTER ALERT" attack ad targeting Brownie Newman was verified as being authored by you. In that ad, "Environmental extremists bring gridlock to Asheville. … Delay The Widening Of Over-Crowded I-26!! … Extremists and Obstructionists have no place on our City Council." Wow! Cecil Bothwell got off only being labeled as "a radical extremist," a character assassinator and a "religion basher."
Fourth, keep it up! As in 2003, your sleazy attacks are going to backfire and actually help Cecil Bothwell win!
— Carlton Whatley