Loganville candidates take polygraph tests

Gwinnett County isn't the only place where questionable things occur during elections.

Soon, it may not be the only place where political operatives could wind up in jail over them.

District Attorney Danny Porter's pursuit of charges against Bill McKinney and Nancy Walter for allegedly violating elections laws has caught the attention of other prosecutors.

This week, two Loganville councilmen and the mayor took a polygraph test, answering questions in the Walton County district attorney office's investigation of fliers that went out under the name R.E. Lee.

The Confederate general, it seems, took an interest in the past two council races.

Fliers this summer said Mayor Tim Barron and Councilmen Mark Kiddoo, Chuck Bagley and Ray Nunley wanted to bring liquor to the city. In a city where liquor referendums have been defeated three times in the past decade, the idea is about as juicy as the tape that shows Commissioner Kevin Kenerly gambling in Las Vegas with local developers, which was the center of Gwinnett's case.

But the Loganville candidates say the only thing that was true on the flier was that they are are up for re-election in November.

Mayor Tim Barron said he didn't have much to say to the investigators during the polygraph but to answer "no," that he did not send out the fliers and didn't know who was responsible.

As a former special operations officer for the Air Force, he had experience with the test and wasn't worried about taking it.

He doesn't believe the fliers will influence the electorate.

"I never thought it was illegal. I just thought it was dirty politics and mudslinging," he said. "I think if the Gwinnett (case) hadn't come out, it probably would have never happened in our city."

His opponent in November, former mayor Mike Jones, declined to take the polygraph but he said he wasn't involved in the fliers.

"I don't do polygraphs. I don't let my clients do polygraphs," the attorney said. "They're not reliable. They can't even be used as evidence in court."

Jones said he doesn't believe his decision to forego the test will sway anyone's vote.

After commission candidate Jodie Rosser declined to cooperate in Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter's investigation, the chairman of the GOP called for her to comply with Porter's request. A week later, she lost primary runoff by 236 votes.

"I don't think the candidates are the one's involved," he said. "It's just politics as usual."

Councilmen Kiddoo and Bagley said they performed the polygraph test Wednesday. Nunley said he showed up for his test but the investigators decided not to let him take it because of a stent in his artery.

Challengers Janice Tribble and Sara Bacon could not be reached Wednesday.

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