The liberal Blue Virginia blog reports that former Redskin Curtis Jordan taped a robo-call that went out in the 51st District today to address the issue of Delegate Paul Nichols being arrested in 2006 on charges of assaulting a police officer. Here’s the transcript, according to them:
Hi, this is former Redskin Curtis Jordan, and I’m sorry to bother you this weekend but I had to stand up for my friend Paul Nichols, who’s being dishonorably attacked by Rich Anderson. Paul was falsely accused in North Carolina for standing up and doing his job as a lawyer, and I know because I was there. Rich Anderson is lying about what happened instead of focusing on issues that matter like transportation and getting our economy moving again. Thank you for your time. [Paid for and authorized by Paul Nichols for Delegate].
I kind of had the impression that Jordan had more of a story to tell here, and the whole “falsely accused in North Carolina for standing up and doing his job as a lawyer” spin seems more obfuscatory about this incident than informative. Nichols was much more forthcoming in an article that appeared in the News & Messenger this weekend, and it would seem to be to his advantage to have Jordan corroborate Nichols’ version of the events rather than vaguely say Anderson is lying by showing the police incident report to voters.
The News & Messenger article gave us a hint that Jordan would be coming to help Paul Nichols, and according to Nichols there was a lot more Jordan could have said here. You’d think he would have, based on what was reported.
In addition, Nichols said his friend, Curtis Jordan, can corroborate his story. Jordan, who played for the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1986, was on the trip, and has offered to publicly back Nichols in light of Anderson’s mailer.
“He knows I never raised my hand to the police officer,” Nichols said.
Now that voters have questions about this and are trying to sort out what happened and how relevant it might be to their decisions in the voting booth, I imagine they’d like to hear more from Curtis Jordan. While having a former Redskin come to your aid is a good idea in Prince William County, it kind of helps to have them say something more useful, something that they don’t have to preface with an apology. If Jordan was going to give voters the information that a lot of them actually wanted to get, namely what he saw and heard that night, saying he’s sorry for being on their phone or answering machine wouldn’t really be necessary.
Perhaps we’ll be hearing more from Curtis Jordan on this.
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