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March 26, 2003

Albany - Backlash from Albany commissioners came after fellow commissioner Arthur Williams publicly opposed war. Arthur Williams used the commission meeting Tuesday night to express his opposition to the war with Iraq. He asked commissioners to approve a resolution to bring the troops home now.

His comments prompted the mayor and commissioners Bob Langstaff, Henry Mathis, and Jon Howard to walk out of the meeting. Now, some of them are publicly distancing themselves from Williams.

"I support the troops and the leader of our country," said Mathis.

"Arthur goes off on these tangents occassionally," said Mayor Coleman. "I just think that now that the war has started, we need to support the President and the troops."

Arthur Williams is getting support from Commissioner David Williams who says he supports the National Black Caucus of Elected Officials, which say the President hasn't proven military action is necessary.

Posted at 5:00PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com