SA’s Own ‘Grudge Match’: Wolff v. Adkisson
Published: December 23, 2013
“They say they want to end legacy projects, but the definition in and of itself means it’s a long-lasting project that’ll be a benefit to multiple generations,” said the former mayor of SA during a phone interview with the Current, pointing to the Mission Reach, the BiblioTech bookless digital library and more than 50 flood control projects.
Adkisson’s attempt to secure the County judgeship isn’t his first go. In 1992, Adkisson won the Democratic primary but was eventually ousted by Republican Cyndi Taylor Krier in the general election. Krier left her post in 2001 and Wolff was appointed as her replacement. Adkisson figured his old pal would serve a term or two and make way for another candidate—more than a decade later, Adkisson considers Wolff’s retirement long overdue.
“I helped make it possible for him to come out of political retirement, some may call it a political grave, and be our County judge,” says Adkisson. “And 13 years later, I find out he’s planning like he’s going to stay on for life … or appoint his son as successor. Those are all things I find to be a departure from otherwise good relations.”
“The public is ready for a change and I think I’ve served them very well [as Commissioner]. And I’m closer to 63 than 73,” added Adkisson, pointedly referring to his opponent.
While he was expecting GOP (and conservative, at that) opposition for well over a year—even holding a fundraiser for the first time in 13 years—Wolff didn’t foresee a challenge from his ally of decades.
“It surprised me when Tommy jumped up,” he confessed. “We’ve been friends for a long time. In fact, I was his campaign treasurer 40 years ago.”
He continued, “There’s a lot of truisms about politics and one that ranks up there at the top is that friends come and go—that happens, it’s kind of sad, but I guess that’s the just political process.”
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