Edwards strolled up to Campbell and began speaking with Campbell. Campbell explained that she was one of Riley’s best friends and asked Edwards if he would like a Riley political sign. Edwards responded, “No, he’s criminally indicted.” They talked a bit longer during which Edwards gave Campbell one of his business cards.
Campbell then turned to Edwards and said, “So you’re really gonna vote for a black guy?” Edwards answered, “What does being black have to do with anything?” Campbell added, “Parker was kicked out of office, because he’s black” referring to Parker’s two-term tenure as a Comal County Commissioner where Parker chose not to run for re-election (because he believes in term limits for elected servants.)
Campbell then went over to the County office where Riley’s wife, Deanne Riley, receives a salary. The next day, Deanne Riley, in an attempt to mask Campbell’s racist comments, posted on Facebook in the middle of the County office day. Deanne Riley accused Edwards of using profanity to cause the store owner to take the Riley political sign down.
The Golden Hammer has received video confirmation that Edwards merely asked the Shell store owner whether the owner was aware that Riley was under criminal indictment. The store owner took the sign down on his own initiative. Edwards had used no profanity.
After Edwards posted the video footage of his communications with Campbell and the Shell store owner on social media, Riley had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Riley has maintained a very close relationship with Campbell who is one of Riley’s highest-level campaign workers.
Around mid-morning on Friday, April 27, the word had spread around restaurants, meeting places, and retail establishments in Magnolia and other parts of Commissioners Precinct 2 that Riley not only had a vocal racist as one of his top campaign workers but that Riley and his wife were trying to cover up the racist incident.
While Riley has been totally quiet about the racism, which he apparently supports, his campaign manager Kristin Christ realized that a major public relations problem had developed. Therefore, Kristin Christ, not Riley, published the following on social media:
“It was brought to my attention that supporters of my opponent Charlie Riley have made racist statements on video about me to one of my campaign supporters. It was my hope that this election would not be about race, but about the issues. While I agree with Commissioner Riley and appreciate his acknowledgement that racial slurs have no place in this campaign, I must call his attention to the fact that this is not an isolated incident. There has been a pattern of attacks on me that have not only strained credulity but shown a very racially biased pattern. I appreciate Commissioner Riley agreeing with me that civility must be returned to this election, yet, I challenge him to continue to hold his supporters to that task. This is and should be a campaign of ideas for Precinct Two and for our future.”