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Parody Video of Nesbitt
Asheville city officials are apologizing for a parody video created with city equipment that mocks two local people who were active opponents of the city. The 2006 video surfaced last week after Chad Nesbitt and former councilman Carl Mumpower offered $1,000 to anyone who had evidence of city officials doing anything illegal.
The video was forwarded to Nesbitt from an anonymous source and shows the city manager, deputy city manager, a former planning director and the public works director performing a comedy skit in costumes poking fun at Nesbitt and Mike Fryar, who's now a county commissioner.
Fryar says deputy city manager Jeff Richardson who portrays him in the skit called and apologized. Fryar says "it was all for laughs" and he understands, saying Richardson is a friend. Nesbitt, however, is upset that city leaders "making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year" would use "taxpayer dollars" to make such a goofy video and attack its citizens.
Richardson and other city officials say it was a 2006 retirement gift recorded on employees free time for retiring City Parks and Recreation director Irby Brinson. Nesbitt says the citizens are owed an apology.
Click here to see the entire video clip.
By Frank Fraboni