THE question has been asked of me by this newspaper whether I know Judge Michael Thornsbury.
The reporter covering Mingo County also asked whether I've seen or sat with Thornsbury at the Williamson restaurant "Starters" and whether I have business relationships with him.
The fact is, I do know Judge Thornsbury. I also know other politically active Mingo countians. I know Bill Davis, Hootie Smith, Michael Sparks, Sam Kapourales, David Baisden, John Mark Hubbard, Jarrod Fletcher, Harry Keith White, Truman Chafin, Dee Sidebottom, Johnny Fullen, Sheila Kessler and most every other politically involved person in Mingo County.
I don't have any business dealings with any of them that I recall. I have probably been in Starters at one time or another with all of them.
Bill Davis was fired by Massey in the 1980s. Dr. Beckett is my personal doctor. He also did work for Massey, but I don't know the details of that or his other business dealings.
I do have some bank accounts at the Bank of Mingo. I have been to Truman and Tish's house for a party, helped Johnny Fullen with an issue at Matewan and been a customer at locations rumored to be owned by Thornsbury. But I don't know for sure because I don't know the business dealings of any of these individuals.
Judge Thornsbury's son Matt once sued my brother George. The judge also did some work while in private practice for Massey 25 years ago. In summary,
I know most Mingo County politicians, and Thornsbury is one of them.