BRAXTON ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING MAN TWO DAYS AFTER ELECTION
N.C. House Rep. Van Braxton, D-Lenoir, is accused of assaulting a man – 50-year-old Ray Wiley – when Braxton and another man went to the man’s residence to get a campaign sign on Thursday, two days after Braxton lost in his re-election bid against Stephen LaRoque.
The sign allegedly had a circle with a line drawn through it; Braxton’s wife had gone to Wiley’s house to collect the sign Tuesday, but she said she was shooed off Wiley’s property by Wiley.
Braxton has not been formally charged with assault although the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the case.
This is a breaking story; David Anderson and Wesley Brown are all over it and will be providing updates all day long. Be sure to refresh often and stuff.
My take: Wowzer … this isn’t cool. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions on any of this until we know all the facts.
I will say this, though: I was responsible for writing this election story about the LaRoque-Braxton race Tuesday night. As part of our normal protocol, I called Braxton and left a message on his voicemail that I needed to talk to him when results rolled in later that night.
I then called LaRoque, and — as always — immediately got him on the phone and told him the same thing. I tried calling Braxton five more times on Tuesday — at his home, on his cell and via a third party — and never got up with him. He also didn’t call me on Wednesday … and I’m yet to hear from him.
I’m hoping we hear from him about this, because I’d like his side of the story to emerge. We’ll see. Stay tuned.
ACC PUNISHES FSU WOMEN’S SOCCER FOR GIVING UP IN TOURNAMENT
The Florida State women’s soccer coach was suspended for a game and the program has to pay $40,000 in fines after the coach elected not to bring his starters to the ACC Tournament last week in Cary.
The Seminoles were the fourth seed but the coach decided to rest his starters for an anticipated trip to the NCAA Tournament; the 13-4-1 FSU team will see if it gets a bid tonight.
My take: The coach is suspended for only one game? I would’ve suspended him for the entire NCAA Tournament and maybe even some games next season.
It does remind me of Roy Williams’ early days in the ACC men’s basketball tournament, though — remember when he stated he’d rather his team focus on the upcoming NCAA Tournament? While that’s not a bad idea — hell, I’d rather have an NCAA title than an ACC title — you can’t keep your starters at home.
OLBERMANN’S SUSPENSION ENDS AFTER … TWO DAYS
MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely after it was determined he made unethical campaign contributions to Democrats.
My take: It’s well-known in my industry that — if you work for a reputable news organization — you can’t make campaign contributions. I was actually impressed with NBC when it made the decision to suspend Olbermann, who has never hidden his left leanings.
But what a joke. It’s almost worse that he was only suspended for as little a time as he was. Two days? He basically got a four-day weekend.
TV people …
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It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me — Billy Joel
Let Me Take You Home Tonight — Boston
Get Ur Freak On — Missy Elliott
Just Like A Woman — Bob Dylan
Undercover (Of The Night) — The Rolling Stones