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Open Letter to Mayor, Council from Ethics Watchdog George Anderson

In a Shakespearean-style speech, Anderson asks that the city drop their lawsuit against him

(Editor's note: the following is a letter to the editor sent by George Anderson, a citizen who filed an ethics complaint against Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts last year. The statements made are the opinion of the author, and they do not represent the views of Snellville Patch.

For background information on this letter, scroll to the bottom of the story. Since the items in question are part of a lawsuit, Mayor and council will likely not comment.

Anderson originally planned to say this during tonight's council meeting, but determined that his statements would exceed the five-minute time limit. One more thing: his style of writing is based [on purpose] off various plays by William Shakespeare, including Julius Caesar. For comparison, click here.)

Citizens, countrymen, and supporters! Hear about the angry and vexatious attacks delivered by a majority of a 4-2 vote in August 2012 against me, for their cause, and be silent, that you may hear: believe me for my honour, and have respect to my honour, that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses, that you may be the better judge.

If there be any in this assembly, any objective citizen of Snellville, to him I say, that City Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts was angry toward myself.

If then any citizen of Snellville, GA. demand why Councilman Witts & former City Attorney Anthony Powell rose against George Anderson, this is my answer:

--Not that they wanted retaliation more, but that they loved Snellville less.  

Had you rather, that I, George Anderson, be chilled from free speech and of filing legal complaints, and that I were taken to Gwinnett County Superior Court, to be tried and found a political assassin? Even though the truth is opposite the actions of former City Attorney Powell.

As I have filed Complaints against dishonorable men, I do not weep for them; since I was a thorn in their side, They have attempted to pluck the thorn out; as they  believe me to be a “hired gun”, they have used taxpayer funds to destroy me:  but,  I was recently dismissed from payment of any legal fees to Governor Nathan Deal. However,  Anthony Powell lied in a legal filing in Gwinnett County Superior Court by stating that I had to pay legal fees to the Governor of Georgia.

They shed no tears for me; no joy for his fortune; no joy for my honour, no joy for my valour; but, only taxpayer paid attacks upon my “civil rights”. Who is here so base that would use a SLAPP action against me?!

Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Legal Action Against Public Participation), O.C.G.A. 9-11-11.1: Exercise of rights of freedom of speech and right to petition government for redress of grievances; legislative findings; verification of claims; definitions; procedure on motions; exception; attorney's fees and expenses.

If any, speak; for him have I offended.

Who is here so rude that would not be a party to this civil action? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile that does not love his country, and the rights provided to us all in this country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. I do not pause for a reply.

Then none have I offended. I have done no more to myself than you shall do to the Mayor of Snellville.

The question of my destruction is enrolled in this chamber; any glory not extenuated, wherein I was worthy, nor my offences enforced, for which I have suffered legal action, in the past…paid for by a candidate/elected official’s campaign funds, but, never, in 17 years, has any legal action attack upon me, been paid by the taxpayers of a municipality…NEVER!

Friends, citizens, countrymen.

Friends, citizens, and enemies, lend me your ears;

I come to bury George Anderson, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them;

The good is oft interred with their bones;

So let it be with me. The noble Councilman Witts and former City Attorney Powell

Hath told you I was ambitious and a hired gun:

If it were so, it was a grievous fault,

And grievously hath I answer'd for it. However, I hath not come upon you paid by anyone except myself.

Here, under leave of Tony Powell and the portion of this Council: Dave Emanuel, Bobby Howard, Tom Witts, and Diane Krause -

For they are all honourable City Officials of City of Snellville;

So are they all, all honourable men & women -

Come I to speak regarding “abuse litigation” filed against me.

I was an ethics activist, faithful and just to my belief in the public’s welfare:

But Former City Attorney of Snellville, Tony Powell, says I was ambitious & politically motivated;

And Mr. Powell is an honourable man.

He hath brought many elected officials home to Snellville

Whose counsel did the former City Attorney coffers fill:

Did thus he, Attorney Powell, in pursuit of Ethics Watchdog Anderson, because, I exerted my constitutional  given rights to speak & petition the government for a redress of grievances?

When that the poor citizens have cried for assistance, throughout the State of Georgia, I,  George Anderson,  hath wept and was stressed out with their plight:

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:

Yet Tony Powell assumes I was ambitious and not an honorable man;

And Tony Powell is an honourable man.

You all did see that at the August 2012 Meeting

Mr. Powell thrice presented me as a political manipulator,

Which I have thrice refused/denied: was this ambition?

Yet Tony Powell says I have been ambitious & politically motivated;

And, thus, Mr. Powell is an honourable man.

I speak not to disprove what Mr. Powell spoke,

But here I am to speak what I do know.

You all have heard or read about me, not without cause:

What cause withholds you then, to attack or distrust my intentions?

O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;

My heart is in the abyss here with me, with health issues and retirement

And I must pause till it come back to me.

I must leave this place never to come back. The evil or good I have done leaves with me.

City Councilman Witts, Emanuel, Krause, and Howard are all honorable elected officials

All honorable men & women that would not violate the public’s trust or would they or have they?

The evil that these so-called “public servants” have committed lives after them.

So should it be with me if I have lied, malign, or committed wrongs in the name of integrity.

Declaratory Judgment lawsuit filed against George Anderson, Marilyn Anderson and EIGG: Why?!!!

  • To silence Anderson 
  • To intimidate/retaliate against Anderson
  • To harm an innocent party…namely, my school-teacher wife.
  • City Attorney Tony Powell has been fired.
  • I call upon the City of Snellville to request dismissal of lawsuit against me, my wife, and dissolved Ethics in Government Group. I formally request my Complaints against members of the City Council of the City of Snellville be dismissed.

I submit to this elected body that taxpayer dollars have been wasted in a very depressed down economy.

Health of Guest Speaker George Anderson:

  • Health issues plague Anderson
  • Health issues have stopped Anderson’s ethics activist activities.
  • Medical bills eat away at any income received through part-time jobs. I request an end to the stress concentrated by illegal lawsuit filed in the wrong County. Former City Attorney Powell knowingly filed in home county for “home court” advantage.

You are to demean (lower oneself) yourself to serve the public/taxpayers and citizens.

  • This City Council has a duty/oath of office to be good stewards of the public funds.
  • You all hold a fiduciary trust of the public’s money.

Is the City Council of City of Snellville the problem or the solution?! As dysfunctional as this body’s actions demonstrate…the majority of this Council is the problem. Last Wednesday’s display of a City of Snellville “circus” should embarrass all of you.

This elected body has betrayed the people of ‘We the people”.

For further reading:

  • Resolution Passes to Take Legal Action Against George Anderson
  • Gov. Nathan Deal Files Against Ethics Watchdog George Anderson
  • Government Watchdog George Anderson Sued by City of Snellville
  • Contentious Watchdog Head Announces Complaints Against Witts
Josh January 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Really? If trying to garner support for your position, speaking in a Shakespearean style neither proves your intellect or your point. Instead, it is a 1000 words of fluff that does nothing to progress your cause or the city's. When you file suit against someone, it is not a one-way street. It seems kind contradictory that you have the ability to sue someone, but when they return the favor, your open letter seems to be a stomping of your feet, screaming "it's not fair!". If I was impressionable, this letter does nothing to persuade my opinion to anyone's corner other than to make me roll my eyes and mumble at the Jerry Springer show that has become our city government.
Snellville Tod January 14, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Me thinks he doth protest too much!
TOWG January 14, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Take your meds George.
mike puglise January 14, 2013 at 02:11 PM
He who knows nothing and knows it so fluently.
hazybuck January 14, 2013 at 03:05 PM
He lost me at 'citizen . . . ' I applaud anyone's right to free speech, and doubly applaud the fact that he's speaking out about the fact that he feels he's been wronged. However, it pains me to revisit my high school English Lit class notes in order to decipher his letter - IF you can actually read through the entire letter! At the risk of appearing uneducated, I beg of you, George - please submit another letter written in plain English!
Jamie Dempsey January 14, 2013 at 03:19 PM
To also quote Shakespeare, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" Hamlet, act III, scene II
Brenda Lee January 14, 2013 at 04:21 PM
George has managed to find the center of attention and make the issue about him.
Michelle Couch January 14, 2013 at 04:56 PM
George, If you are not paid to do this ethics watchdog work, then let me ask you a point-blank question. Why did you email me your "Contract-for-Hire" packet when I contacted you back in 2011 seeking information on an individual that you had previously investigated and filed an ethics complaint against?
George Anderson January 14, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Michelle, I have received donations of $200.00 in November of 2012 to help with Governor Nathan Deal Complaint against me where he wanted $10,387.50. I have not received any funds from anyone in Snellville nor Gwinnett County. Quit trying to destroy the messenger because you are a stooge of the 4 Council members> Tom Witts, Dave Emanuel, Carol Krause, & Bobby Howard, and don't like the message. You people make me sick. Get a life! Why don't you crawl out of your cave & help City of Snellville find some decent people to serve the citizens in "servant-leadership"?! I have received no funds in 2013 & only &800.00 in funds in 2012. You cannot stand it that I genuinely care about the citizens of Snellville represented by 4 clowns. What a circus last Wednesday evening!
George Anderson January 14, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Why not? The issue is about me when you have an Attorney paid for by City of Snellville taxpayers(Tony Powell) & have a Councilman Witts contribute to Councilman Powell of Lawrenceville $250.00 just 10 days after the 4 clowns from last Wednesday's Special-Called Meeting voted in August 2012 for "their" City Attorney to file lawsuit against me You people need to grow up! Am I talking to a pre-schooler?!
George Anderson January 14, 2013 at 07:18 PM
One should take meds to visit a silly bunch of people in Snellville, Georgia that care more about the 4 clowns on the Council than they do about their own taxpayer dollars & waste-ful the 4>Kause, Howard, Witts, and funny Emanuel that have lost their focus & violate their fiduciary duty everytime, rain or shine.
George Anderson January 14, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Tod, Give your brain a break. You are not licensed to be in the same class or room with me. You are like a rain drop. You land on the ground & do not make a difference. At least I have poured down the thunder, the lightning, and turrents of rain. I am way above your simple middle school intellect.
George Anderson January 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Give it a break people. You don't have the intellect for me to waste my time with you. You have the same brain power as the 4 clowns from last Wednesday's Special-called Meeting. Sad for your town & sad for you. I pity you all.
Michelle Couch January 14, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I'm absolutely certain that your contract doesn't mention the term "donation" any where in it. I'm also absolutely certain that if you actually cared about Snellville and it's people, then I would have heard of you or even met you long ago instead of discovering your existence (in Rome, GA) through a web search. I asked you a point-blank question, Mr. Anderson. I did not launch insults, however your response is not at all surprising. If you can't answer a question directly or honestly, it's best not to bother.
Josh January 14, 2013 at 07:39 PM
As I mentioned in my first comment, and as I pointed out about the debacle of council meeting last week, if you expect anyone to give you respect or to be taken seriously, you yourself, have to act in the same way. Name calling, pouting when you don't get your way, or name calling the very people you try to win to your side, does nothing but put someone off, and make you look the bigger fool. Even if you were correct in your position, you look foolish by treating the rest of us as if we are beneath your status. If you have a valid point, lay the FACTS out in plain english, conduct yourself as a mature individual and the facts will speak. When foolish actions and words are the only memorable item about your problem, you will only be remembered as a fool. The only way to lose respect is to act like you deserve it. Name calling and insults or in the case of the Mayor, exercising ones power without exercising leadership at the same time, does nothing but ostracize your support and convince anyone who might be impressionable, that your opposition is correct, regardless of the information.
George Anderson January 14, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I answered your question honestly Michelle. You just don't like the answer. Again, I feel very sorry for you. You have my empathy. You are an unhappy camper. That is not my fault. Seek counseling. I am broke & don't care what you think of me. You are not worth my time, effort, or explanations. You are "special" & I sincerely hope you receive mental assistance. Your problems are not my area nor my concern. Seek help from the 4 stooges on the Council of City of Snellville...Howard, Krause, Witts, and Emanuel. Wait a minute, they cannot help you. They are all mentally challenged also. I feel bad for the taxpayers of Snellville, Georgia.
Brenda Lee January 14, 2013 at 07:52 PM
George, who are the clowns? Watch the video again. I'm confident that if you can learn Shakespeare, you can certainly learn the object lesson in a 4 min. video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rWIAtkrGBE
Michelle Couch January 14, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Thanks for the laughs George!
Brenda Lee January 14, 2013 at 07:55 PM
George, you're the one that keeps coming back here to respond and waste your time. It appears you have a self-control problem.
Pat Binger January 14, 2013 at 08:00 PM
George Anderson, Then I would expect your to file an ethics complaint against the Mayor today. It was reported on Channel 46 that she has an Attorney paid by the City of Snellville (Cruser & Mitchell) to defend the Mayor personally for the Swinney case. When can we expect your investigation to begin?
Crystal Huskey (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 08:00 PM
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Josh January 14, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Thank you :)

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