According to a report on the 10PM KALB broadcast news, on Wednesday, KALB President and General Manager Les Golmon met with David Roach, the “advertising consultant for Mike Slocum.” Mr. Roach told Mr. Golmon that Mike Slocum did not want Michele Godard to participate in moderating the debate. “As a matter of fact, he said his candidate would not show up unless you (Godard) declared you that were a supporter of his opponent,” Golmon said. “There were threats made by Mr. Roach. In fact… that he would turn us over to the FCC Commission (sp).”
Golmon explained the reason he decided to pull Ms. Godard from the debate was because he felt it more important to encourage people to vote than to participate in politicking. He stated the reason Godard was pulled had nothing to do “with the threats” made by Mr. Roach.
Moreover, Golmon declared his confidence in the objectivity and the reliability of the story KALB aired regarding sheriff’s deputies being intimidated by the Slocum campaign. “We have a source,” Golmon said. “It was a reputable source. And that it was not biased in any way. And we’re doing the job we’re supposed to do. I know there’s rumors and innuendos out there, but that’s part of politics…. Employees were actually intimidated to the point that they feared not only for their job but who they voted for.”
Let’s get this straight: Slocum’s advertising consultant called Golmon and threatened to report them to the FCC unless they played by Slocum’s rules.
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