Houston Snubs Handshake Crowd Jeers

Things heated up when Incumbent Tazewell County Sheriff Bob Hoiuston refused to shake hands with challenger Ron Davis before Wednesday night's debate at the Pekin Public Library. The snub was followed by shock and displeasure from members of the audience.

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Hmmm says ... on Wednesday, Nov 3 at 2:22 PM

It was not staged. It was taped. Huston had done this every time they had met in public and the recorder knew it would happen again. And as said above all dealings with Sheriff Huston that dont go exactly his way become very unfriendly.

Brooks says ... on Wednesday, Nov 3 at 7:37 AM

It undeniably was staged, Anonymous -- Davis had already tried to shake Huston's hand and been rejected, hence the ostentatious show for the camera. And no, there are times when you decline to shake hands -- this election ended up being unfriendly.

jlh says ... on Tuesday, Nov 2 at 10:09 PM

As for the comment above from Jim, if Davis has done so wrong in this campaign, then you think Houston would of been the bigger man and shook hands.

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Nov 2 at 6:31 PM

If you think this is a stunt ... your just plan stupid! If a man offers to shake your hand in a freindly debate .... YOU DO IT!!!

James says ... on Tuesday, Nov 2 at 4:13 PM

Sheriff Huston uses integrity in his slogan on all his campaign signs. There is no integrity in this behavior! He has plenty of leadership experience but there seems to be a lot of question to the quality of his leadership. Voters will decide today!

Erik says ... on Monday, Nov 1 at 8:55 PM

Stunt? You mean Houston was in on this by playing along and acting childish for the camera? Wow :)

MIKE says ... on Monday, Nov 1 at 9:26 AM


Voting4Ron says ... on Sunday, Oct 31 at 10:07 PM

Wow! Houston's narcissistic behavior is showing as the masks finally come off. His contempt for working people (especially union people) was very clear at that debate. It's always somebody else's fault! Never his own.

Chuck says ... on Sunday, Oct 31 at 3:15 PM

The people who know Huston find this behavior normal. Huston holds grudges against anyone who crosses him. This childish behavior has cost the citizens of Tazewell County thousands of dollars and ruined a good agency.

Republican Committeeman says ... on Sunday, Oct 31 at 12:57 PM

Although I am a Republican, I cannot vote for Bob Huston. Ron Davis has my support.

Brooks says ... on Sunday, Oct 31 at 10:39 AM

After the nearly yearlong slander campaign Davis supporters have carried on against Huston, I can't blame him for refusing to shake Davis' hand. And yes, this was another of Davis' stunts. Would Davis run his office like he's run his campaign?

amy behm says ... on Sunday, Oct 31 at 10:26 AM


Jim says ... on Sunday, Oct 31 at 9:39 AM

I was at this event. The only sneering was from a select few on the side of Davis who remembered this was staged publicity stunt and were suppose to jeer. The only problem is that most forgot or werent even really paying attention to this guy.

dee says ... on Saturday, Oct 30 at 11:35 PM

what a jerk! Poor sport!

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