Ethics violations dropped against Ga. State Senator - WRBL

Ethics violations dropped against Ga. State Senator

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COLUMBUS, GA -

Ethics violations have been dropped against State Senator Josh McKoon. McKoon was accused of threatening certain Muscogee County school board members.

It's alleged he told them he would withhold state money if they did not agree to end the no-bid contract for legal services with the district's current law firm, Hatcher-Stubbs. The alleged threats have sparked a war of words.

During an afternoon news conference Wednesday, McKoon denied that he ever made any threats towards board members, calling the accusations an attack on his character.

"I understand that politics is a contact sport, but I tell you this, no one should have to pick up the phone and call their 82 year old grandmother and explain to them that something that is about to printed in the newspaper is a lie, that it's not true," said McKoon.

He said he has been a supporter of public education since his election in 2010 and would never want to take any money away from the district.

"I am taking this very negative wake up call that we need change immediately to focus on student achievement and making our schools the best in the nation," added McKoon.

Board member, John Wells, fired back.

"Don't he have enough to do in Atlanta. don't he have enough to do up there to represent the children and the people of Muscogee County? why cant he get better legislation in Atlanta that would effect all of Georgia and Muscogee County about how to educate our children."

Wells is one of three board members that filed complaints against McKoon.

Wells remained firm that yes, the state senator did make the threats and his recent comments are an attempt to cover his tracks.

"He's been caught red handed trying to bribe the board, in my opinion," said Wells.

Wells added that its time for both parties to get back to the jobs they were elected for.

"I just want this to stop. I want those guys to take care of what they do and let us take care of what we are doing. If we do wrong on the board of education, we are elected every four years, the people can take us out anytime they want to and elect someone new," said Wells.

The GBI is also investigating the allegations made against McKoon. He said he has not been contacted by authorities. Wells says he is confident the justice system will do it's job.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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