If you believe in Victor Hill, you believe someone is out to get him

At times, Georgia politics can seem like a bipartisan cafeteria of conspiracy theories.

Republicans have Agenda 21. This week, GOP state senators will attend a four-hour seminar at the Capitol to study the link between zoning and a U.N.-backed socialist cabal.

Democrats have Clayton County, where everyone knows that, if you believe in Victor Hill, you must also believe that someone is out to get him.

The former Clayton sheriff won the Democratic primary this summer to reclaim the office he lost to Kem Kimbrough in 2008. Only two things stand between Hill and a January swearing-in: A long-shot write-in candidate and a 37-count indictment, primarily for the misuse of government resources during his flamboyant four years as sheriff.

Former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill leaves Gwinnett County Jail in Lawrenceville in January after his indictment on racketeering, theft by taking and other charges. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill leaves Gwinnett County Jail in Lawrenceville in January after his indictment on racketeering, theft by taking and other charges. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

A trial by a jury that will be drawn, in large part, from the pool of voters that just elected him has been scheduled for Nov. 26.

Hill says it’s all part of a plot. “A lot of people that are involved in illegal activity stand in danger of not being able to make money if I’m sheriff. Everybody knows that,” he said last week.

Since his primary win, Hill has closely rationed his time with local journalists. But on Thursday night, at a local Atlanta night spot, Hill consented to a 30-minute interview for Internet broadcast. You can watch it here.

“Newsmakers” Live is the creation of Jim Welcome. For years, the executive producer’s cameras and lights have moved from club to club, where prominent politicians – most of them African-American — undergo relaxed interviews in front of friendly crowds.

“The secret is where you are,” Welcome said. The Hill interview was at Bar One in Grant Park. The once-and-perhaps-future Clayton sheriff was fronted by a young local R&B crooner who goes by the name of Renegade. He had nice pipes.

When his turn came, Hill was quick to reject all aspersions that have been cast upon the Clayton electorate. “I think we proved that the voters are very intelligent They’re intelligent enough not to listen to the media,” he said.

Prodded by his conservative interviewer, longtime Atlanta radio voice Shelly Wynter, the one-time detective and former state lawmaker declared himself a changed, more mature man. “It’s no different than a good chess game,” Hill said. “I have found better ways to move the pieces to achieve the objective.”

This is no small admission for a fellow who, when he became sheriff in 2005, fired a half-dozen deputies, then posted look-outs on the department’s roof as they exited. The media called them snipers. Hill says they were “observers” – who never actually pointed their weapons at their former colleagues.

”Everyone we fired had guns. We had to take extra precautions,” Hill told his interviewer.

Clayton County has a police department. But while sheriff, Hill rejected a role that restricted him to serving warrants, keeping the jail and protecting the courthouse. He enjoyed comparisons to another unorthodox crime-fighter – Batman – and said it was this reputation that resulted in his victory this summer.

“I’m not going to sit by and watch my county get raped, robbed and murdered, and not do something about it – when I’ve got an army of deputies that can do something,” Hill said.

The 37 counts against Hill include using his county-issued patrol car and county-issued credit card for vacations and requiring the sheriff’s department spokesman to pen his biography. Hill is also accused of transferring money from his campaign bank accounts to businesses he owned, and of writing campaign checks to individuals who would return the money to him.

(“He is essentially taking from himself and therefore cannot be guilty of a crime,” one of his attorneys argued at a hearing last month.)

The grand jury investigation was conducted by a special prosecutor. But Hill has declared that Kimbrough, the outgoing sheriff, and certain unseen forces are behind the charges. “There’s a lot of folks threatened by me being sheriff again,” Hill said. “Who?” Wynter pressed.

“Let’s put it this way. I think it was well publicized that the mob sued me when I was sheriff for trying to close down an establishment that we had proven had drugs and prostitution going on,” Hill said. “We need not mention names. It’s a well-known fact that a well-known politician …was a well-known friend of folks that I was trying to make sure leave Clayton County – so that we could have a higher quality of life.”

The Democratic nominee for sheriff repeatedly jabbed the media for neglecting what he declared to be obvious signs that a railroading is underway. He also expressed disappointment that the civil rights community has not come to his side.

But it is the racketeering charges that prosecutors have tacked on — not uncommon in official malfeasance cases — that appear to sting Hill most. “Now I’m Don Corleone,” Hill said. “If they’ve done that to me, what have they done to other people?”

Hill pledged not to cop a plea, but a single felony conviction would bar him from taking office. Wynter tried to raise that possibility several times, but each time Hill interrupted him. “I feel like Jim Lehrer,” Wynter finally said in defeat.

So what happens if a jury exonerates you and you’re sworn in? Will you fire more deputies? Wynter asked.

“I’ve got to delegate responsibility. Human resources will have to take care of that for me. I didn’t have a human resources program the first time,” Hill replied.

A changed man, indeed.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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76 comments Add your comment

jay

October 7th, 2012
9:20 am

If it wasn’t for Atlanta; Georgia would be Utah, full of useless inbreeding, gap tooth goobers.

cc

October 7th, 2012
9:27 am

jay@9:20 am:

If you left Georgia, the average IQ would increase . . .

jay

October 7th, 2012
9:41 am

If it wasn’t for the ATL, the state of Georgia would be Mississippi, chop full of hate filled, low information, basketcases. Too many rednecks survived the civil war, more should have been killed back then to breed and infect the future.

jay

October 7th, 2012
9:44 am

You shouldn’t put i.q.and Georgia in the same sentence…lol

td

October 7th, 2012
9:52 am

jay

October 7th, 2012
9:44 am

If you took all the Democrats out of Georgia then our education level and SAT scores would increase to the top 20% in the nation.

jay

October 7th, 2012
9:59 am

After Nov. Get ready for more redneck suicides, remember 4 years ago after the elections, every other day for months rednecks were blowin their small brains out rather than live in a world where they have to call a brother President. Get ready for more of the same..whohooo

drew

October 7th, 2012
10:09 am

Victor “Napoleon” Hill needs to put down the meth pipe…his paranoia is only getting worse. A legend in his own mind. That he was re-elected says everything that needs to be said about Clayton County voters….at least, the few voters who bothered.

And as for cc…lay off the talk radio son…it’s making you stupid. And brace yourself for four more years.

White Victor Hill fan

October 7th, 2012
10:17 am

If you live in Clayton County, you certainly feel more secure with Victor Hill serving as Sheriff.

cc

October 7th, 2012
10:26 am

“And as for cc…lay off the talk radio son…it’s making you stupid. And brace yourself for four more years.”

I haven’t listened to talk radio in a while. Maybe I should start listening again? I can assure you that the next four years will NOT be to YOUR liking. The smartest thing you can do is to start practicing NOW by repeating over and over, “President Romney”

It even has a very nice ring to it . . .

cc

October 7th, 2012
10:27 am

. . . and the “ring’ ain’t coming from an Obamaphone . . .

jay

October 7th, 2012
10:30 am

Where the hell are mitten’s tax returns?

cc

October 7th, 2012
10:35 am

Where is Hussein’s “real” birth certificate?

jay

October 7th, 2012
10:43 am

It’s funny how the same people that refuse to accept the reality of the illuminati are the same people who believe wholeheartedly in birther/Muslim/socialism conspiracy theories. Dumbasses.

jay

October 7th, 2012
10:47 am

“people” like “cc” and “td” are what’s wrong with this country, we need to get rid of them for the betterment of the universe..

freedom from tyranny

October 7th, 2012
10:48 am

It will take lots more people with guns to evict mooshell and her lap dog from the White House in January.

cc

October 7th, 2012
10:48 am

Hussein has spent about two million dollars to keep the American people from seeing his original long-form birth certificate. Nobody spends that kind of money unless there’s something he wants to hide.

Mark2

October 7th, 2012
10:48 am

Enter your comments here

jay

October 7th, 2012
10:50 am

Why don’t you step up first with your gun, you gap tooth goober…

jay

October 7th, 2012
10:51 am

It’s the black house now you bytches…

jay

October 7th, 2012
10:55 am

Swiss bank accounts and no tax returns…mittin’s plan for America

td

October 7th, 2012
10:56 am

cc

October 7th, 2012
10:48 am

Hussein has spent about two million dollars to keep the American people from seeing his original long-form birth certificate.

Very little of that money was to hide the BC because the leftest HI government is in his back pockets and he knows the BC will never come to life. Most of the money was spent to suppress his college records. He does not want Barry’s application to Cornell as a foreign student to see the light of day.

honested

October 7th, 2012
10:56 am

cc,
Now that you have mentioned ‘costs’ has anyone projected a tab that the taxpayers get to pick up for the repugs ‘agenda 21′ paranoid fest?

It ain’t like it’s free!

honested

October 7th, 2012
10:58 am

jay,

Does it bother you as much as it bothers me that:
a-These morons still get to vote.
b-They dug us into the current State Governance mess and seem to be completely oblivious of the facts.

cc

October 7th, 2012
11:02 am

“Why don’t you step up first with your gun, you gap tooth goober…”
“It’s the black house now you bytches…”
“Swiss bank accounts and no tax returns…mittin’s plan for America”

Such hostility and such a lie belies your confidence in your messiah. The end of America’s long national nightmare is at hand, and the Secret Service will assist in moving the Obamas out of the White House.

jay

October 7th, 2012
11:07 am

The other side’s argument is pretty simple really, it goes something like this…we left him a big ole mess, he didn’t clean it up fast enough so fire him and put us back in…from the great words of Bill Clinton…lol..read em and weep bytches…lol…4 more years!!! 4 more years!!!

cc

October 7th, 2012
11:32 am

“4 more years!!! 4 more years!!!”

Sorry, there won’t be another four years for Hussein. He is an abject and dismal failure, and actions (or inactions, in this case) have consequences. The vote will be decisive and Obama, accompanied by Moochelle, will return to ‘private life’. It is indeed fortunate for them that they are financially secure with an adequate retirement income because, of course, neither can practice law. Hussein ‘voluntarily’ surrendered his law licence to avoid facing charges that he LIED on his bar application. Moochelle ‘voluntarily’ surrendered her licence after a Federal Judge gave her the choice between surrendering her license or standing trial for Insurance fraud.