Bill Werkheiser, who is currently in a contested primary race for state representative against Delvis Dutton, has taken to social media in wake of a poll released by the Dutton campaign. In his post, he says he has to ‘set the record straight,’ but in doing so, he has called into question the honesty and integrity of Dutton’s company, AllOnGeorgia, and it’s employees.
Werkheiser alleged that “He (Delvis) stated on that site that I voted myself a raise [sic].” This allegation is false.
First, Delvis Dutton has written only one article in the three year history of AllOnGeorgia and that article was about the purpose of AllOnGeorgia and the Appeal to Heaven movement. Delvis has never written another article – about Bill Werkheiser or anyone else.
Second, the article Werkheiser is referring to was written by Jessica Szilagyi. You can read the article here.
It was written on March 3 and published on the Tattnall, Evans, and Wayne county AllOnGeorgia markets. Another article, on his entire 2018 voting record, was published by Szilagyi on April 8. It also refers to an ‘increase in retirement benefits for lawmakers.” Not once did Szilagyi mention a pay raise, but only an “increase in retirement benefits”
Werkheiser did, in fact, vote to raise the retirement benefits for lawmakers whether he is currently opt-in or not. Here is the link the bill language. Here is the link to the vote for HB 624. The ‘Y’ next to his name indicates he voted in favor.
Werkheiser also alleged that a poll conducted by Gravis Marketing on April 10-11 asked if voters would vote for him if they knew “I had voted myself a raise [sic].”
This allegation is also false.
AllOnGeorgia obtained the questions from the poll conducted by Gravis Marketing and a pay raise is not mentioned. The questions were as follows:
- Are you a registered Republican in the state of Georgia?
- Who will you be voting for on May 22nd for Governor?
- Who will you be voting for on May 22nd for State Representative?
- If you knew William “Bill” Werkheiser voted in favor of nearly doubling legislator retirement, would this cause you to change your vote?
- Are you aware that Werkheiser co-sponsored and voted for the largest tax increase in state history, taking thousands of dollars out of Tattnall, Evans, and Wayne counties each year? Knowing this, would it cause you to change your vote?
**This question was in respect to House Bill 170 voted on in 2015. The $900 million tax increase assessed higher vehicle registration fees for some Georgians while increasing the gas tax across the board. Werkheiser voted YES.
6. After knowing this information, who will you be voting for on May 22 for State Representative?
More than 1,000 people in House District 157 heard the poll. The graphic Werkheiser refers to is based off the answers to these questions.