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Pierce to Edge: 'Master! Master... Don't whoop me no more!'

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By Greg Argos - bio | email

ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Retha Pierce is firing back to her critics, referring to State Rep. Tracy Edge as a slave master during Thursday's Concerned Citizens' meeting in Atlantic Beach.

"There are shadow people who are working with town council people," the embattled mayor said Thursday. "Along with my own law enforcement here in the town of Atlantic Beach, they are working to really depict me as a criminal."

Pierce says her most recent arrest in Marion County for driving under the influence is part of a larger plot to get her out of office.

"I'm saying what I've always said: 'Yes there is a conspiracy,'" the mayor said.

During Thursday's Concerned Citizens of the Town of Atlantic Beach meeting, Pierce labeled Edge (R-North Myrtle Beach) as one of the conspirators, comparing him to a slave master for a comment he made about her in office.

"It's about whether Retha Piece has performed well enough and behaved well enough to be mayor," Edge said earlier in the week.

Pierce responded: "By the way Mr. Rep. Edge is talking, he sounds like an old master. I should behave a little better? I've been falsely accused and you're not giving me my day in court. Oh master! Master! Rep. Edge, don't whoop me no more!"

After the meeting Thursday night, Pierce responded to questions about why she made those comments.

"Why am I comparing him to that? Did you hear his comments that he made about me? Judging me on four allegations, judging me on four events," she said.

When asked whether she would resign over the controversy surrounding her fourth arrest in two years, Pierce said it never crossed her mind.

"I have no such notions," she responded. "God didn't make me a quitter, and when God gave me an assignment, I don't leave the post until God tells me to leave the post."

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