Commissioner Fennoy: Mayor took away tickets because I voted against him

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Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Commissioner Bill Fennoy tells 12 Mayor Copenhaver offered him two tickets days before the Commission voted on a new city administrator.

Fennoy said after he voted against the mayor's top choice, the mayor sent him a text taking back the tickets. It was the Who's Who event of Augusta. The old mayor, the new mayor and even the man who wanted to be mayor was there.

Commissioner Bill Fennoy was absent.

"Evidently someone didn't get the vote that they wanted. I got a text the next day that said these tickets are going to someone interested in Augusta," said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.

News 12 asked, "Some are wondering, did the mayor offer you tickets in exchange for a vote for his administrator pick?"

Commissioner Bill Fennoy said "I don't know why the mayor did what he did. This is a done deal and you can ask the mayor why he did what he did."

News 12 asked the mayor if he offered tickets in exchange for a vote for the new administrator. Copenhaver said no, he only offer tickets to Commissioner Bill Fennoy, because he was looking for them.

The premiere was on Thursday, July 24. The vote on the administrator was the day before. A few Commissioners said they paid for their tickets.

Mayor Copenhaver said he got extra tickets because he donated money to the event.

However, Copenhaver admits he was a little upset his choice, Oscar Rodriguez, didn't get enough votes. Although, Copenhaver said he still left tickets at the gate for Commissioner Fennoy.

"I'm human and sometimes you let the anger get the best of you. Once again, I rectified the situation and made the tickets available," Copenhaver said.

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