WALB’s website has the initial story of Mayor Willie Adams issuing a challenge. He challenges Carol Fullerton and WG&L General Manager Lem Edwards to take a polygraph, along with himself. He says that he “wants to know who’s lying,” regarding Representative Fullerton’s removal from the WG&L board. This, he claims, will answer questions once and for all about who is telling the truth regarding Rep. Fullerton’s dismissal.
There’s only a few problems with that. First is that there is a measure of dispute about how reliable polygraphs really are. A polygraph is really nothing more than set of monitors that measure things like blood pressure, resparations, pulse, things like that. In theory, it can tell if someone’s lying by the descrepencies in these biological functions. However, there’s actually little scientific evidence to support the reliability of this.
In fact, there’s even reports that place the relability of polygraphs as being only slightly better than chance. However, Mayor Adams isn’t stupid. He’s a physician as well as a mayor, so I have to assume he’s done some research on polygraphs. If he has, then he knows that the machine can be beaten. Even in it’s best estimates, it’s only supposedly 93-96% accurate, so that means it’s beatable. With the 70% or lower figure, that increases one’s chance to beat the polygraph.
With this in mind, why act like a polygraph would solve everything? It still doesn’t change the fact that Carol Fullerton was in Atlanta in the General Assembly, and that her absences should have been considered excused. Regardless of Mayor Adams’ charges that teleconferencing capabilities were not available during the meetings, she was conducting official business for the State of Georgia and representing the people of this area. How, Mayor Adams, can this not be instantly considered excused? I’m just curious.
Once again, I’d like to applaud Roger Marietta, who I have plenty to disagree with on other issues. Mr. Marietta was the only member of the City Commission to make a stand in Rep. Fullerton’s defense, and for that we here at SWGA Politics commend him.
As for me, it’s my most sincere hope that Rep. Fullerton is reinstated to the WG&L board as soon as possible. It would be a betrayal of the city for any less to happen. And think of it this way, if WALB, the Albany Herald, and SWGA Politics agrees on something, then perhaps there’s something to it! 😉