Late Tuesday night, The Southern Pines Pilot ran a story in which Joe Boylan called the rumors of his wild exploits baseless. The hard copy of the paper hit the stands on Wednesday. By Thursday, Joe had to issue retractions to two of his statements. Misrepresentations? Or Lies? Hmmm.....
According to this new story on from the Sunday Edition of The Pilot, Boylan emailed the Pilot on Thursday - a day after the original story ran, to retract several statements he made, and apologized for putting words in the mouths of Rep. Tricia Cotham(D)of Mecklenburg, and House Minority Leader Skip Stam. In other words - he made the stuff up. Hairdresser Joe isn't originally from Moore County. He might be surprised to learn that around here, we call that lying.
Here is what he said in the article on 7/17:
"There's nothing behind it," Boylan said in an interview late Tuesday. "She (Cotham) has denied that anything happened. She strongly resents being used as a tool in Republican infighting."
Here is what he says now:
"I have also apologized for speaking on behalf of the female legislator involved in these allegations. She did not make the statements I attributed to her." emphasis mine --LC
Also on 7/17, Boylan told the Pilot that
the "representative in question" told House Republican Leader "Skip" Stam of Wake County this week that the allegation was untrue and that she would not file a formal complaint. He said that message was relayed to the House GOP caucus.
But now Boylan says:
"Due to the frustration of suffering endless personal attacks from people who would like to rewrite the 2006 primary election (in which Boylan defeated former state Rep. Richard Morgan), I attributed comments to Republican Minority Leader Skip Stam that he did not make," Boylan wrote in an e-mail to The Pilot Thursday night. "I regret this and have apologized. What he did say was, 'The representative has handled the situation, that she has not and did not intend to file an ethics complaint and that she did not appreciate being used as a foil in Republican factional infighting." emphasis mine -- LC
Boylan has clearly got some problems playing fast and loose with the truth here, and trying to cover himself. I'm not saying something happened or something didn't happen -- I wasn't there. If Tricia Cotham ever cares to stop by and let us know what happened, I sure would appreciate it.
I can tell you this -- attributing statements to individuals that they didn't make is downright lying. Doing this at any time is a bad thing. Lying on the record, to the managing editor, of the local newspaper: in my book, that's just downright stupid.
But wait - this gets even better.
Hairdresser Joe says it didn't happen. Tricia Cotham isn't talking. The NC Conservative has since pulled it's "Republicans Gone Wild????" story (cached version available here - note, our very own Anglico is mentioned! Go on, A - reach across that aisle!)
But not everyone is staying quiet. Rep. Debbie Clary maintains that this happened.
State Rep. Debbie Clary has accused fellow Republican Rep. Joe Boylan of lying when he said "nothing happened" between him and a female state representative.
Clary, saying she was "breaking silence" among fellow Republicans, also said that the House GOP caucus had told Boylan, a Pinehurst businessman, to apologize to the woman for his behavior and that he had done so. (...)Clary, who is from Cleveland County, said she informed Stam on Thursday that she was "breaking silence" among the members of the GOP caucus and would speak publicly about the matter.
She became outraged after reading Boylan's comments on The Pilot's Web site, thepilot.com, and then receiving what she termed "hate mail" from one of Boylan's supporters, Ed Kennedy of Pinehurst, accusing her of spreading rumors about Boylan because she was a close ally of Morgan.
"He (Boylan) lied and then dragged me into it," Clary said in an interview Thursday in her legislative office. "They said I started these vicious rumors and fed this to the North Carolina Conservative. I have done nothing in this entire process. I had kept my mouth shut, but I will not be threatened by anyone in Joe Boylan's camp.
Ed Kennedy, a prominent - well, at least a vocal - Moore County Republican claims that he has gotten to the bottom of this, and that it's not the fault of Richard Morgan, as they all previously suspected. Oh no.
Kennedy said it appeared to him that "the Democrats got ahold of her (Cotham) and told her not to bail out Joe Boylan and let the Republicans fight among themselves and tear themselves to shreds."
Yup. It was the Democrats. There you have it. Democrats made him feel up female legislators, made him lie about it, and now look what has happened! Now controversy is swirling all around him! It's a wonder he can get anything done at all.
Oh, wait. He hasn't, has he?