Turner says councilman's backers called her vulgar names

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 3:16pm

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. 

15 Comments on this post:

By: whitetrash on 8/9/11 at 1:36

Robert Duval needs to get some class. Robert Duval has no respect for women.

By: bfra on 8/9/11 at 1:48

whitetrash - Do you have proof that any of this is true?

By: whitetrash on 8/9/11 at 1:59

Based on the story I just read written by Joey Garrison I would say that is proof enough. Duval or any other man should not let anybody say derogatory things towards women whether it is a supporter or non-supporter of his who made the comments. It is just trashy to degrade woman even if it is another woman making the comments.

By: titansjoe on 8/9/11 at 2:29

Come on whitetrash. How could he win since they were both women and it really was none of his business. He did show respect when he didn't interfere with a discusion which he was not involved in in anyway. He was showing how women are equal to men and didn't talk down to either of them.
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This is just more dirty politics by Turner and we all know it. It sounds like we have another Pam Murray in the making to me. To say Robert Duvall has no respect for women is just you tryiing to help Murray, I mean Turner get elected. Get real!

He is a gentleman and carries himself as a gentlemen.

By: tomba1 on 8/9/11 at 2:33

so, whitetrash -

What makes a woman so special as to warrant protection from derogatory comments? And why should a man be obligated to " not let anybody say derogatory things towards women"? A lot of women are very deserving of those derogatory comments. I would hate to see a man get in the way of a woman getting anything she deserves.

By: T-BONE on 8/9/11 at 4:22

NICE (NOT REALLY) TRY...darling!

By: left on 8/9/11 at 5:00

He said,she said, my feelings are hurt,no my feelings are hurt, boohoo

By: govskeptic on 8/10/11 at 5:18

Whining claims like this are expected to get just who to vote for one self? It's
easy to make claims like this whether true or not! What about the many issues
that are going on in that district, any thoughts from the challenger there?

By: girliegirl on 8/10/11 at 6:51

Seriously.....you could bet your entire worth on Duvall's integrity and class and not lose a dime. LOL Myself, hell, I'm a born and raised Dem...."hold onto your pocketbook."

By: girliegirl on 8/10/11 at 6:54

Hey Govskeptic....I just phoned Hubby Darling and he confirmed the per diem suspicions...Council no longer gets gas $$ and so on. They get a huge paycheck in comparison to the old days. As for Duvall, that man is stellar and pristine. I've seen some unsavory folks walk into those back rooms downtown before meetings, and Duvall has not once caved to that stuff. He just seems to rise above it all. Maybe that is where this nasty stuff is coming from.

By: budlight on 8/10/11 at 7:12

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.

"Hearsay" is not accepted in a court of law and nor should it be accepted on the street. If Ms. Turner was anything of a diplomat, peacemaker, or politician she would not take these types of things so seriously.

The plain truth is that she has no record to run on, while Mr. Duvall has a proven track record of success; he listens to his constituents. And after all, isn't that who he is representing?

A CLEAN CAMPAIGN? How does one conduct a clean campaign when the Mayor has bought and paid for her? A very expensive 8 1/2 x 11 double sided glossy flyer was sent out implying that Ms. Turner was responsible for the fire station in Antioch, the library, a donated park and other significant accomplishments in Antioch which have occurred in the last 8 years. That is all a lie.

Our councilman has been Sam Coleman. He has worked diligently with and FOR the people in his district. As well Mr. Duvall has done the same. Ms. Turner NEVER appeared in the last 8 years at a community meeting for this district until she came recently to state she was running for council. She has met people from Antioch who she shunned and treated rudely and did not even once tell them what her platform for running for council is. WHAT IS YOUR PLATFORM, PAGE?

If you want a real council person who is results oriented, hard working and respectful towards all citizens, men and women, elect Duvall. If you want a bought and paid for Karl Dean "girl", you're going to get someone who will parrot Dean and/or be his puppet when it comes to voting to raise your taxes, spend your money on his whims (convention center) or take away your city's landmarks (fairgrounds).

Ms. Turner is immature because a mature woman would not repeat the hearsay comments; she would ignore it. And if someone called her a "b" word to her face (or within her earshot), she should have spoken to that person directly and resolved the matter at the time. To whine about it to the newspaper is immature and fits into the category of "who cares?” Mr. Duvall always focuses on the issues, not the gossip.

By: budlight on 8/10/11 at 7:17

girliegirl on 8/10/11 at 7:54
Hey Govskeptic....I just phoned Hubby Darling and he confirmed the per diem suspicions...Council no longer gets gas $$ and so on. They get a huge paycheck in comparison to the old days. As for Duvall, that man is stellar and pristine. I've seen some unsavory folks walk into those back rooms downtown before meetings, and Duvall has not once caved to that stuff. He just seems to rise above it all. Maybe that is where this nasty stuff is coming from.

Yes, Girlie. You hit the nail on the head. That little Dean "girl", Page Turner is just trying to deface a man of high integrity and she is only hurting herself. That bought and paid for glossy flyer implying that she had anything to do with the accomplishments of Sam Coleman is a bold faced lie, perpetuated by the Karl Man himself.

By: Nitzche on 8/10/11 at 7:40

King Karl rules...git out da way peoples!

By: las04 on 8/10/11 at 3:25

What a friggin JOKE, Why did she wait until she got beat to bring it up...? Robert Duvall has never been anything but a gentleman around me. Sounds like Karl Dean has another puppet in his club.

By: budlight on 8/10/11 at 3:29

You are correct las04; she is a joke. Mr. Duvall is a wonderful person who never speaks ill of anyone. She is just showing her lack of diplomacy and inability to be in the political arena.