In October 2017, two weeks before a key council utility committee meeting, Rice sent a text message to Yolanda Pollard, communications manager for Entergy, asking how many people Hawthorn would be able to get for the meeting. Pollard said Hawthorn had secured “50 people and 10 speakers.”Also, on a previous episode of "A Charles Rice Special"....
“If Hawthorn can get more people I will pay,” Rice responded. He followed up a few minutes later, saying he didn’t care about the cost. “This is war and we need all the foot shoulders [soldiers] we can muster.”
Hours later, Pollard said that Hawthorn would send 75 people and 10 public speakers, all wearing pro-plant t-shirts. The cost would increase from $23,000 to $29,000.
“Deal,” Rice responded.
Monday, October 29, 2018
That is a Charles Rice Special.