Apology watch – week two

Update: Dianne’s son, Walter Andrew (I initially got his name wrong – more apologies), speaks up for his mother in the comments to a previous post.

“…it seems that the whole city has branded her a liar and not to be trusted. that would hurt anyones feelings . my advice is to let it go for now and in the end maybe just maybe she will listen to you after all of this has blown over. words do hurt!”

I’m going to take Walter’s advice and shut up about this.  I was able to deliver my apology in person, in a fashion, with Thursday’s exchange outlined in the post below.  The apology is sincere and I have nothing “up my sleeve“.

I am not sure if the truth will ever come out about who actually leaked the RMA report to the N&R, but, for now, I agree with Lorraine Ahearn’s recent assessment of what the city council’s witch hunt really accomplished - namely -“…Scapegoating an elected official without a shred of evidence, except that someone wrote her name on a men’s room stall at City Hall..” (link added by me)


Last thursday evening, just before the dedication (some great pictures) of the Max Thompson footbridge connecting Fisher Park with the Aycock Neighborhood, I flagged Councilwoman Bellamy-Small down as she was walking briskly to participate in the ceremony.  I went over to greet her.

I wasn’t kidding about my apology, Dianne“, I said while trying to keep up with her, “I’m sorry I made that insinuation in my N&R column.”  “Oh, hi Mr. Hoggard (we’ve always been on a first time basis), how are you?“, she asked.

I’m fine Dianne, but I’m really sorry.  I was wrong and I really don’t believe you leaked that report and that’s why I left you those messages“, I continued.  “I don’t know what you are talking about.”, she quipped as she kept walking, obviously in a hurry.  “Well then, I’d like to talk to you when the ceremony is over.”, I said, as I went back to my cooking duties.  “I’ll try.” was her hurried answer.

After the ceremony , I saw Dianne walking, again hurriedly, back toward her car.  “Dianne… do you have a minute?“, I yelled as Reno Garage started playing for the crowd.  “I can’t right now, I’ve got another function to get to.“, she answered.

Off she went.

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  1. Alan Cone Bulluck
    Posted May 22, 2006 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m shocked. Not in a million years would I have guessed that Mrs. Bellamy-Small would react in such a way.

  2. andrew small jr.
    Posted May 23, 2006 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    my name is andrew not walter

  3. dhoggard
    Posted May 23, 2006 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Apparently there will be no end to my apologies to the Bellamy-Small family, Andrew.

    I’m truly sorry, I should never post anything before 5:30a.

  4. Ginger Bush
    Posted May 25, 2006 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I gave you the same advice David, before Andrew did. Perhaps you have learned that you should not be so quick to judge?