Mayor, Allen file complaint against Stuart
By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on November 7, 2007 1:47 PM
Publications circulated by Goldsboro mayoral candidate D.A. Stuart might get him in trouble with the state.
District 5 councilman Chuck Allen and Stuart's opponent, Mayor Al King, have filed a formal complaint with the Board of Elections against the candidate, claiming he "spread lies" during the campaign.
Talk was one thing, King said.
But when Stuart began passing out pamphlets that claimed King would resign if elected and appoint Allen as mayor, the "gutter politics" had "gone too far."
"You will hear more about it," King said Tuesday after his decisive victory over Stuart. "I will address this in an official capacity soon."
Stuart also claimed that once in office as King's "appointed mayor," Allen intended to fire all city employees and hire a migrant workforce.
"This has just gotten ridiculous," Allen said.
So along with King, he sought legal counsel.
Officials from the Board of Elections were unavailable for comment by presstime.
But Stuart said he stands by his claims.
"I've told the truth," he said Wednesday morning. "I didn't say anything that wasn't factual. I kind of resent, but understand, why Chuck Allen would say I'm lying."
And he still believes that "sooner (rather) than later," King will leave his post and pass it along to Allen.
"I believe Al King does not want to be mayor," Stuart said. "I stand by that."
King said he is through addressing claims made in the heat of the campaign, that the legal process will determine whether or not Stuart crossed the line.
"Goldsboro is better than that," he said.
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