Old Photos Show Georgia Sheriff in KKK Party Costume

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CANTON, Ga -- June 23, 2012

A Georgia sheriff says political foes are trying to derail his re-election using old photographs that show him dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes at a Halloween Party.

WSB-TV reports Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison admits he wore the costume to a party while in his early 20s, long before he took office. Garrison said: "I don't deny it wasn't stupid, looking back now."

The sheriff of the county north of Atlanta is up for re-election this year and faces opposition in Georgia's July 31 primary. He says the photos are being circulated for "purely political" purposes.

The sheriff's opponent, David Waters, says somebody showed him the photos a year ago, but insists he's not the one who made them public.

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