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Holley's an "Independent". He's also a jackass.

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Holley first served as a member of the Portsmouth City Council from 1968 to 1984, and was vice-mayor from 1978 to 1980. Upon his election in 1968, he became the first African American to serve on Portsmouth's City Council.[13] He has twice held the office of mayor, first from July 1, 1984, to December 15, 1987, and again from July 1996 to the present day.[14] Holley is also the first African American mayor in the city's history.[15] His first term came to an end when he was forced from office following an expense account scandal, becoming the first Virginia politician in modern times to be recalled.[16] Another factor in Holley's removal from office was his being linked to hate mail that was sent to community leaders.[17] In May 2008 Holley was re-elected, narrowly defeating challenger Martha Ann Creecy in the first contested mayoral election in Portsmouth since 1996.[18]

While an Independent, Holley has backed both Democrats and Republicans running for office, including Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential bid[19] and former Senator George Allen's 2006 re-election bid.[20] He also made a campaign contribution to Barack Obama.[21]

Holley has supported a smoking ban proposed by Tim Kaine.[22] He also serves as chairman of Hampton Roads Transit.[5]

Holley drew criticism in 2008 for suggesting that Portsmouth needed a "black" hotel to act as a counter-balance to the "white" Renaissance Hotel.[23] Holley was an early supporter of the Renaissance; his portrait hangs in the lobby, and the hotel's ballroom is named the "Holley Ballroom."[24] He later apologized for the remark, saying that his words were "misconstrued" and "misinterpreted."[25][26]

1 posted on 08/08/2009 4:53:43 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

That is some “independent”


2 posted on 08/08/2009 4:57:30 PM PDT by GeronL (Guilty of the crime of deviationism.)
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To: csvset
Taser gun for geese?

Something new?

3 posted on 08/08/2009 5:18:34 PM PDT by MountainDad
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To: csvset

I lived in Portsmouth for over 20 years. Never heard Holley called an independent before.


4 posted on 08/08/2009 5:47:35 PM PDT by republicangel
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