Sheriff's KKK Costume Photo Goes Viral
News outlets as far away as Britain have picked up the story.
Google "Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison" and the top hits will mention the three letter acronym associated with a white supremacist group: KKK.
Since Friday, when WSB-TV showed nearly 30-year-old photographs of Garrison at a Halloween costume party in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe, the story has gone viral.
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Attempts to reach Garrison have not been successful. He told WSB-TV and other news outlets that his decision to wear the costume was, in hindsight, stupid.
He was 21 years old at the time. He and his friend decided to dress up as characters from Blazing Saddles, a film from the 1970s, he said.
Garrison questioned the timing of the leaked photos. He is in a heated re-election bid against David Waters, a commander with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Their primary race will be settled on July 31.
"It’s just the lowest of the low to try to imply something of that nature from a costume makeup party (that happened) 30 years ago," Garrison told the Cherokee Tribune on Saturday. "(Waters) has much greater character issues he needs to explain with his five marriages and lack of commitment."