LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) – Commissioners in a suburban Atlanta county have voted to publicly reprimand a colleague for calling civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia a “racist pig” on Facebook.
News outlets report the decision on Tuesday followed the recommendation of Gwinnett County’s ethics board, which voted earlier in June to sustain the ethics complaint against Commissioner Tommy Hunter. He did not attend the meeting, which included a public hearing.
The public reprimand will involve posting a written rebuke on the county’s website, on the wall of the courthouse and in the local newspaper.
An Atlanta woman, Nancy Turner, filed the complaint against Hunter on Feb. 6.
Hunter spokesman Seth Weathers issued a statement that reads, in part, “We now know that mob rule controls the Gwinnett County Commission Board.”