John Wiley Price Can Always Make Things Tense

Delia Jasso, John Wiley Price, Scott Griggs, and Mayor Mike Rawlings throw their ceremonial dirt at yesterday's Sylvan Thirty groundbreaking. Photo: Chris McGathey
City Councilwoman Delia Jasso, County Commissioner John Wiley Price, City Councilman Scott Griggs, and Mayor Mike Rawlings throw their ceremonial dirt at yesterday’s Sylvan Thirty groundbreaking. Photo: Chris McGathey

I’m well aware of who John Wiley Price is; I wrote a term paper on him when I was a junior in high school. But he doesn’t know me from Adam. However, I was furiously scribbling notes as we stood next to each other yesterday during the ground-breaking ceremony for Sylvan Thirty. Even with only a slight awareness of his surroundings, he should have easily deduced that I’m a journalist.

That’s why I was shocked — shocked! — at the county commissioner’s response to Mayor Mike Rawlings’ request that Price join the lineup of elected officials turning dirt. “Why,” Price said as he stepped between two TV cameras, “because my hands look like they should be holding a shovel?”


  • Congratulations

    Raise your hand if you can’t wait for this man’s trial to begin.

    • marisa

      The FBI needs to work faster. JWP belongs behind bars AND this has nothing to do with the color of his skin. It is about breaking the laws.

  • Big D

    Ugh, GET OVER YOURSELF John Wiley Price! Not everyone is obsessed about the color of your skin.

  • Brent Dudenhoeffer

    If that shocked you, you don’t know who JWP is.

  • Critic

    NWA, nah that is just a rap group.
    The fed sure is slow building the indictment.

  • Spectator

    Good thing Diane Ragsdale wasn’t there.
    She would have shouted, “You are a racist!”
    The City Council was VERY entertaining back then.

  • Avid Reader

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Everlasting Phelps

    See, now he looks uppity.

    • Dubious Brother

      On the bright side though, he did prove that he wasn’t too lazy to pick up a shovel.

  • Shiela

    No worries Mate, you’ll be shoveling some in prison.

  • ernest t bass

    Nothing more than an orchestrated statement from our career crook.

    It foreshadows his same, old, disgusting criminal defense strategy of racial persecution.

  • BoZ

    I don’t think Dan was really shocked. I think that was his Claude Rains impersonation he was giving us there.

  • Neal K

    Ugh. I can’t wait for this corrupt little swine for get dragged off to prison.

  • BAA

    Hey I watched the guy dancing in hot pink short shorts in front of speeding cars screaming obscenities along with my name. Nothing shocks me from Wiley Coyote( my pet name for JWP)