Special to SEGAZINE
Judy Tucker, executive assistant to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, has been suspended briefly from her position because of an incident she says started out as a practical joke involving a campaign sign for mayoral candidate Colin Martin.
According to Tomlinson, Tucker, who has worked for the mayor for her entire term, had taken some time to run a personal errand Wednesday during which she “got a wild hair” and asked for one of Martin’s campaign signs.
“She was going to put it in my closet or credenza in my office so I would find it,” Tomlinson said. “It was supposed to be a practical joke.”
Tomlinson said she has not decided whether the suspension will be for one or two days or whether it will be with or without pay. “I haven’t worked out the details,” she said.
The situation came to light when Martin posted a comment on his campaign Facebook page Wednesday saying someone had called to report that Tucker was seen picking up one of his signs.
“Either we’ve had a high-level conversion or a dirty trick is afoot,” Martin wrote. “I ask my supporters to be vigilant and report any unflattering pictures or sign placements to me.”