Caldwell Mayor Norris McManus recently addressed and refuted a series of comments made about him during his bid for re-election.
At the Caldwell City Council’s meeting last week, McManus stated he was falsely accused by one citizen of switching church affiliations to receive votes, and other citizen of stealing from the city and selling drugs.
One of the claims, according to McManus, accused him of changing his church membership from the Burleson County Cowboy Church back to First Baptist Church. The other commenter accused McManus on Facebook of being involved with theft and drug dealing. The second commenter, according to McManus, claimed she had recorded when and where he sold the drugs.
McManus called the claims false, defamatory, slanderous, and damaging to his character and personal reputation.
McManus said the comments were not made by mayoral challenger Mike Valigura or any of the city council members or candidates.
McManus, who was appointed as mayor in 2010 and elected in 2012, defeated Valigura in the general election 768-503.