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Campaigner insulted by candidate comment

August 20, 2002

A campaign worker at an Albany polling place says one candidate told her she was 'prostituting herself' by working for his opponent.

Faye Sheppard was campaigning for Dougherty County Commission Chairman candidate Jeff Sinyard outside the Carver Teen Center polling place. Sheppard says James Bush told her she was 'prostituting herself' by working for the white candidate.

Some witnesses say the comment was offensive. "I've been working the polls for a long time, this is the first time," said Sheppard.

"I'm quite sure by the time he got down the road. It should have been something that pricked him maybe thinking I harassed them, maybe I said something wrong to her," said Erica White, a witness.

James Bush also has a worker campaigning for him at the Carver Teen Center. She says she was standing on the opposite side of the parking lot and did not hear Bush's comments to the workers.

We couldn't reach James Bush for a comment.

posted at 6:22 PM by dave.miller@walb.com