(Originally published on Mar 7, 2010 @ 17:18 – Updated to review Motley’s appearance on Jessica Griffith’s TV show tonight)
If Thomas Motley wants to have a real chance at getting elected to Danville City Council, his choosing not to look back or comment on his past isn’t going to cut it.
I’ve got no problem giving Thomas Motley a 2nd chance, a 3rd chance or even a 95th chance if he deserves it. Having said that, any candidate for public office that has drug convictions (or plea bargains from drug charges) and was charged with assaulting a student while he was a teacher has to talk about what happened… if only to clear the air and stop any stories that will inevitably start floating around the city. I really can’t recall any other time that the Commonwealth Attorney bought a newspaper ad to put their side of the story out.
Thomas Motley’s “doesn’t like to talk about the past” won’t play very well to Danville voters. Motley is scheduled to appear on Jessica Griffith’s “Danville Tonight” show on Monday, and I’ll be watching. You can watch on Danville Comcast Channel 17, Chatmoss Cable Channel 14, over the air on digital channel 47.1 or on the internet from WGSR’s website.
It’s early in the City Council race, but Thomas Motley’s got a make-or-break opportunity on TV Monday night.. Let’s see what he does with it.
So that happened. Thomas Motley appeared on Jessica Griffith’s “Danville Tonight” show tonight. To his credit, he did address his drug convictions and the incident regarding the school assault charge. I was satisfied with his answers and I’ve got no problem putting all of that “in the past” when considering his bid for City Council. I didn’t like him talking about “character assassination”, but that’s just rhetoric That being said, did anyone know that Motley’s main focus is on the high cost of Danville Utilities? If you watched tonight’s show, you’d think that’s his only focus. 40 minutes and nothing about economic development or the crime problem. One caller asked him about his failure to appear on Johnny Robertson’s show to challenge his religious views (big deal). After that, we heard more about his campaign against Danville Utilities’ rates and policies, then we heard more about his campaign against Danville Utilities’ rates and policies. After more about his campaign against Danville Utilities’ rates and policies, he moved to the topic of his campaign against Danville Utilities’ rates and policies.
Wrap-up: Motley handled himself well on air. By talking relatively freely about his past, he took care of a major roadblock for his campaign. If he had spoken that freely for the newspaper article, it wouldn’t have been much of an issue. Motley’s got a long way to go though. I want to know what’s in his mind besides Danville Utilities.
One final thought… The fact that he’s “Reverend” Thomas Motley means absolutely nothing to me. This is a political election and I do not care what his spiritual status is. I am going to vote for the four best candidates for the office and religious views will not play a factor in that.