By Linda B. Blackford – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Williams, a candidate for the Urban County Council’s 10th District seat, called on his opponent, incumbent Doug Martin, to apologize on Wednesday for cursing at a local blogger in city hall.
On July 1, Martin directed a string of obscenities at Joe Sonka, author of the Barefoot and Progressive blog, in a fifth-floor conference room where a council committee had just met.
“I have waited ten days in an attempt to give Mr. Martin the time to account for his actions himself, but further reports indicate that he continues to refuse to own up to his actions on July 1st,” Williams said in a press release. “I call on Council Member Martin to apologize immediately to the citizens of Lexington.”
Martin issued a statement Tuesday night stating that the “local blogger’s account of our conversation on July 1st is grossly exaggerated and offensive. As to Mr. Williams, I would certainly have been surprised if he hadn’t wanted to make a little political hay with this story.”
The cursing incident was witnessed by a Herald-Leader reporter.
Martin, an attorney, was appointed to the council by Mayor Jim Newberry in January 2009 after Don Blevins Jr. resigned to become Fayette County clerk.
“I fully believe that, whether you’re elected to the Council or appointed by the Mayor, you are still responsible to the citizens you represent,” Williams said. “Part of that responsibility is to be professional, courteous, and a gentleman, especially during council activity, no matter what name you may be called on a blog Web site.”
Williams is a recently retired captain in the Lexington Fire Department.
Martin was apparently upset by Sonka’s criticism of him during the meeting of a committee investigating alleged fraud in city procurement. Sonka called Martin a “clown” after Martin claimed he’d been kept out of a closed session of the committee.