Yarborough mistreated 'friend of Cobb'
August 02, 2010 12:00 AM | 836 views | 6 6 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

We read Dick Yarborough's column on the state Senate election where once again the character of incumbent John Wiles was called into question, despite Mr. Yarborough's statement that he does not know the man. Sen. Wiles may have lost the election because of tactics such as those described, but the real losers are the citizens of Cobb County. Through hard work and a dedication to his constituency, Wiles earned significant authority and power in the Legislature. That only benefited the interests of Cobb County. There is no one in the Cobb delegation that can match or replace such advocacy.

What was gained by treating this friend of Cobb County in such a fashion?

Dave and Marley Bruegger
West Cobb
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West Cobb Farmer
August 04, 2010
"Wiles earned significant authority and power"... yes Bruegger's your'e right but then he used that power and authority to try to influence and deter the Cobb County police. What part of this don't you understand?
Take Turns
August 03, 2010
It was time for someone new anyway. We have tried the "no term limits thing" and that hasn't been working. So let's try the "no more than a couple of terms thing" if another good candidate runs and see how that works for a while. Let Wiles sit out a couple of rounds, build up his campaign chest & then run again. After all, these politicians just work their way around the various elected offices, until they find the most comfortable chair with the biggest office. The voting public has a short memory anyway!
Just Asking......
August 03, 2010
Part of being a leader is knowing when to admit the error of your ways and apologize to those you are leading. Mr. Wiles did not do that. Instead, he chose to think he could make the situation go away because of his position. Then, when it blew up in his face, rather than take ownership, he denied it and tried to place the blame elsewhere. Just for the record....that is why I did not vote for the man.
Curious One
August 02, 2010
West Cobb does have a man of proven character, integrity and public service in Mr. Tippins !There will be many obvious benefits to the citizens of West Cobb by being represented by Mr. Tippins with his character - leadership will come soon enough. I wish Senator Tippins many years of public service in the Georgia Senate.
August 02, 2010
What was gained, you say? A Senator that is not out for himself first and publicly thrashing about his clout! The authority and power he publicly wielded, not earned (remember...the good ole boy system?)benefited himself and his close friends. No one is irreplaceable! All of our elected officials best learn from this.
To Brueggers
August 02, 2010
Explain to my kids or any of the children at the underage drinking party, why it is acceptable to act without charater and still claim the title of leadership. Then, go explain to the parent of the West Cobb teenager who lost his life due to underage drinking and driving how it is ok to attempt to ask the police to look the other way.

John may have voted the way I wanted him to most of the time and had Cobb's best interest at the forefront but ain't that his job? Mr. Wiles is most likely a decent man who made a mistake but when he claimed the police were lying and refused to take ownership of that mistake, he lost the right to be called a leader.

Please do not be angry at the voters or Dick Yarborough, neither were at the party nor did twist Mr. Wiles when John said the police were lying in their report.

Mr. Wiles failed the test of leadership and will do just fine as a citizen and family man once he understands the error of his ways. He was held accountable for his actions by the voters. That, my friends, is how a republic is supposed to work.
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