Recorded Call Between Sen. Stanley & Supervisor Causes Controver - - ABC13

Recorded Call Between Sen. Stanley & Supervisor Causes Controversy


Pittsylvania Co., VA A recorded phone call between Senator Bill Stanley and a Pittsylvania County supervisor is raising some eyebrows. Stanley called to encourage the supervisor to table a uranium mining resolution. Now the senator is coming under fire for claims he made in that call that have turned out to be false.

In a private conversation on August 31, Senator Stanley asked Supervisor Jerry Hagerman to influence the Pittsylvania County Board to table a resolution that would protect residents near the mining site if the ban is lifted.

"It was asking for an increase in monetary funds for any accidents that may occur from uranium mining," said Hagerman.

In a phone interview Monday, the Senator says he wanted to table the issue because he felt it was too soon.

"We may be premature in considering this issue because it may not even come before the general assembly or even if it does, it may not pass," said Stanley.

The senator also told Hagerman that the Governor had encouraged his call, but that wasn't true.

"I've talked to a representative at the Governor's office and he has reassured me that the Governor had no knowledge of the call and had nothing to do with it whatsoever," said Hagerman.

"In my exuberance to make a point, I misspoke and I certainly regret that," said Stanley.

Hagerman came forward with the recording because he believes discussions about issues that affect the community should be had in a public forum.

"I think that's why we ran for protect our citizens, our public from harm and let them know about decisions that may affect them," said Hagerman.

It appears that doing what's best for the people of Pittsylvania County is one place where these officials found common ground.

"I am extremely disappointed in Mr. Hagerman but I love Pittsylvania County as if I live there and I will continue to fight for Pittsylvania County everyday that I'm elected for them," said Stanley.

A spokesperson at Governor McDonnell's office could not be reached for comment.

The resolution in question has been withdrawn, according to Hagerman, due to a lack of citizen support.

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