Morrison's DWI - The Political Fallout - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/23/04

Morrison's DWI - The Political Fallout

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After more than a year of silence, Lubbock City Councilman Frank Morrison made a startling revelation. "I was guilty of driving under the influence," he said. The admission was made only after news of the arrest was anonymously leaked to the media, a concerted effort says Morrison to thwart his campaign for re-election. "I believe it is in fact an attempt to get me out of office," he said.

"Well, I was totally shocked when the media called me to inform me of Mr. Morrison's situation," said Phyllis Jones. "I found out about it on the news just like everybody else did," said Todd Overholser. Both of his opponents, Overholser and Jones, deny having any prior knowledge of the arrest, with Jones distancing herself from the fray. "I don't intend to run on Mr. Morrison's difficulties," she said. Overholser was slightly more opinionated. "I think its interesting because I don't believe you can build relationships on lies and deceit," he said.

"This shows my frailty," said Morrison. Despite his conviction that someone is out to end his political career, Morrison says he's not worried who that person is. "I don't think it's one of them necessarily. I don't have any concern about who did it. As I said, I told my family this is going to come out, it's something I have to deal with. I have dealt with it, I continue to deal with it," Morrison said.

Over the weekend, said Overholser, voters told him how they're dealing with it. "They're shocked, I think it's anger, and surprise that a person that represents 41,000 people would conduct himself like this in public and put people 's lives in danger," he said.

"The voters will have to decide if this is an issue," said Jones. "Is it an issue to you though?," asked NewsChannel 11. "I'm not going to comment on Mr. Morrison's difficulties," she replied.

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