The public spotlight is as tempting to some folks as a bug zapper is to a mosquito. Sometimes the public spotlight has the same public effect as the aforementioned zapper.
Roger Davis is entered into evidence as article A. An extremely talented vocalist, he has been in the music business in Augusta for well over 20 years. Fronting the band Number 9 was probably his highest profile gig up until marrying Lori Davis.
An accidental activist, Mrs. Davis found herself living in Harrisburg, a low-income, high-crime area for decades. After an unsuccessful bid for the mayor’s office, she discovered Facebook… a social media website founded by hoodie cyborg Mark Zuckerberg that created a place for people to “connect.”
What followed was a clumsy, knockabout web presence that envisioned conspiracies and made libelous accusations from a group of other locals who found the intoxicating pull of politics and notoriety so delicious. Along the way, the more fringe elements were dispatched, leaving a small group of gadflys pumping insults and accusations at politicians, developers and certainly anyone of means.
The irony is too palpable to attempt to contextualize. As Mrs. Davis was at a West Augusta Alliance meeting, described by those in attendance as loudly vocalizing her frustration at the lack of police presence in Harrisburg, her husband rolled through a roadblock in Harrisburg. He was arrested for DUI. The drug dealers, low-income renters, the people she has been railing against for the past few years all of the sudden are on equal ground.
On Roger’s Facebook page from February 17, was this quote: “Had a great time at The Foxes Lair last night….Thanks to everyone who braved the cold and the RCSO to come see us….”
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