News stories about Georgia governor candidate Michael Williams

Georgia 2018: Pro-Trump loyalist Michael Williams enters governor race June 1, 2017
Another sign of his pro-Trump loyalties: He hired Seth Weathers, who briefly led Trump’s Georgia campaign operation, as his chief strategist.
In his announcement, Williams said he would use a “significant sum” of his personal fortune in his gubernatorial run. And he criticized Republicans for failing to pass “basic conservative legislation” – such as school choice and deeper tax cuts – despite controlling the statehouse for over a decade.

Williams closed by saying he had a “long” list of complaints against Cagle, the only rival he mentioned. He just wasn’t ready to say what those complaints were. “Your days are numbered,” Williams threatened.
With that, the state senator opened the floor to questions, answering none of them. After three or four reporters had tried and failed, he dropped the mic.
And then Williams skedaddled. Out the south doors of the Capitol and down the stairs with his campaign manager.

Funds roll in for local candidates July 18, 2017
Since the first of June when he announced a bid for governor, Forsyth County state Sen. Michael Williams has raked in $1 million, according to a report released by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.
Of that amount, $1 million was a personal loan from Williams, half from him personally and half from his business, LPW Investments.

Protest planned to demand dismissal of teacher who said students couldn’t wear Trump shirts in class September 17, 2017
Michael Williams said in a statement that he is upset about, “the administration’s refusal to fire liberal activist teacher, Lyn Orletsky.”

GOP candidate for governor: Bump stock 'prevented more casualties’ in Las VegaOctober 17, 2017
Williams is giving away a bump stock to a “lucky winner”

Cryptocurrency servers missing from gubernatorial candidate’s Gainesville business office May 10, 2018
About $300,000 worth of cryptocurrency mining servers were stolen from gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams’ office in Gainesville either late Tuesday night, May 8, or early Wednesday, May 9, according to campaign spokesman Seth Weathers.
Williams, a Republican state senator from Cumming, owns LPW Investments, a business with a server farm, at 2365 Monroe Drive in Gainesville, Weathers said. Weathers said the campaign has been using additional space in the building, although the servers were not kept in the campaign’s side of the building.

The servers process transactions for a service fee, Weathers said.

Candidate for governor uses 'deportation bus' as campaign ad May 15, 2018
“I’ve met Michael Williams before. I think he’s a nice guy. He’s taking bad advice from his campaign consultants and he shouldn’t do it,” Terry said.

Channel 2 political analyst Bill Crane said all of this is designed to generate buzz for the Williams’ campaign in the final days before the primary.
He's campaigning for governor of Georgia on a 'deportation bus' May 17, 2018

Williams’ ‘deportation bus’ tour hits a few bumps in the road May 17, 2018
The state senator is one of five GOP candidates in Tuesday’s primary for governor, and recent polls show him at 3 percent of support.

Georgia Primary Election Results August 8, 2018
Williams came in last place for the republican candidacy during the 2018 Georgia Primary Election

Indicted on three felony charges
Former Ga. candidate for governor indicted December 20, 2018 
Williams, a Forsyth County Republican who remains in office until January, declined to comment. His former campaign manager, Seth Weathers, said it was a “political witch hunt” and is without merit.
“I guess it’s the price you pay for being a fearless conservative,” said Weathers, invoking a campaign slogan. “Like they say, a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich.”
'Deportation bus’ candidate’s rocky ride began long before criminal charges December 23, 2018
The senator told politicos shortly after the runoff that he had cut ties with Weathers, and his attorney reinforced that position. Richman made clear Saturday that Weathers’ comments “do not reflect my team’s position.”

‘Deportation Bus’ State Senator Michael Williams Turns Himself In To Jail December 26, 2018
Williams, who was indicted on Dec. 20, is accused of lying when he reported to police that $300,000 computer servers were stolen from his campaign office before his failed primary bid back in May.

Michael Williams, former candidate for governor now accused of fraud, turns himself in to Hall County Jail December 26, 2018
According to the indictment, Williams is accused of “claiming that computer servers were stolen from his place of business, when in fact they were not” when filing an insurance claim to The Hartford.

Georgia Republican who campaigned for governor in 'deportation bus' reports to jail December 27, 2018
Williams – who called himself the "most outspoken anti-illegal candidate in Georgia's history" in a campaign ad – traveled the state in the gray bus, which featured messages reading, "Follow me to Mexico" and "Danger: Murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters and other criminals on board."

Georgia 'deportation bus' GOP candidate reports to jail December 27, 2018

He once offered rides on the 'deportation bus.' Now he's had to turn himself in on fraud charges December 27, 2018
Williams is accused of lying to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent and making a false insurance claim about the incident, WSB reported.
A.J. Richman, Williams' attorney, said his client is adamant he didn't do anything wrong.
"While he was campaigning for governor around the state of Georgia, he was informed that the cryptocurrency machines in his office were gone," Richman told CNN. "Sen. Williams' staff filed a police report in May. Here we are, more than six months later, and now Sen. Williams is indicted. Because the grand jury process is secret, and only involves the prosecutor and the police officer, we are not privy to what was said at that time. The officer gives his side of the story, and we are not allowed to listen, comment, cross-examine the officer or present our side until trial."

'Deportation Bus' gubernatorial candidate turns himself in on fraud charges December 27, 2018 

Ex-GOP candidate for Georgia governor pleads guilty to fraud charges May 29, 2019
Williams pleads guilty to making a false report. Is sentenced under the first offender act to 4 years of probation, 120 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine.

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