The challenger in the Metro Council’s Antioch-area District 33 runoff election says her opponent, Councilman Robert Duvall, hasn’t run a clean campaign. She alleges his supporters have called her a “bitch” and “Mayor Karl Dean’s black Charlie’s Angel.”
Duvall called the allegations “a bunch of crap” that didn’t warrant a response.
Stirred on Monday after she said a billboard-size campaign sign of hers was destroyed, candidate Page Turner delivered a pair of comments on Twitter alluding to an incident earlier in the campaign season, in which she alleged a Duvall volunteer called her a "bitch" at a meeting.
“I was angered because someone ripped my billboard off of my mobile truck that cost $300 a sign,” Turner told The City Paper. “They’re expensive. Nobody is going to rip it off unless they’re mad at me."
Turner said a female supporter of Duvall called her “the b-word” approximately two months ago, at a community leadership meeting. Turner also said Duvall was standing nearby, but “Mr. Duvall didn’t say a word.”
Duvall said he was present at a meeting where “she got into a verbal altercation with a lady,” but the woman wasn’t one of his supporters at the time. He said she is now.
“As Page walked away, [the other woman] turned my way and looked at me and some other people that were standing there and said, ‘Bitch,’ ” Duvall recalled. “But she said it kind of loud enough where she heard it. I do know that occurred.”
Turner said the expletive was delivered because she supports Mayor Karl Dean. The mayor supports Turner’s candidacy. Duvall is one of Dean’s most outspoken critics on the council.
Turner said she wasn’t called “Mayor Karl Dean’s Black Charlie’s Angel” in person, but at the site of a candidates’ forum she couldn’t attend. She said through “hearsay” she learned the phrase was used.
Duvall said he hadn’t heard this allegation, adding that he wouldn’t put much stock into it.
Asked if Duvall has run a clean race, Turner said, "No, he hasn't." But Duvall said he's running on his time in the council.
“I’m running on my record,” Duvall said. “And I’m going to continue to run on my record. That’s where I’m at, and what I’m going to continue to do. Everything else is BS.”
In last Thursday’s election, Duvall finished with 862 votes; Turner with 767 votes; and John Kincaid with 248 votes. Because Duvall didn’t earn 50 percent of the overall vote, he’s squaring off against Turner in the Sept. 15 runoff.