Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier released a statement Tuesday saying that he hasn't done anything illegal, after .
The Free Times obtained a recorded conversation of a man identified as Frazier explaining to a potential business associate how to set up a video poker parlor.
Frazier says that conversation was taped without his knowledge. He also says he regrets boasting about his friendships with public officials but he would never ask them to do anything illegal.
"I am embarrassed and humbled by what has happened and this has been a life changing experience for me," Frazier wrote. "I apologize to my wife, my children, the Mayor and Council of the Town of Lexington, the citizens of Lexington and my friends for anything I have said that caused them to be embarrassed or disappointed in me."
Here's Frazier's full statement:
"Over the past couple of weeks, there have been media reports suggesting that I may be involved in some questionable business practices.
At the request of someone I thought to be a friend seeking advice about getting involved in a new business venture, I met with him. Secretly, and without my knowledge, he taped our entire conversation. During the course of that lengthy conversation, I boasted about friendships and said things that were exaggerated or simply not true, which reflected very poor judgment on my part. I guess we all like to think we are more important or influential that we actually are.
As a result of this, I have spent many sleepless nights and greatly regret my boasting. I do have many friends who are public officials, but I would never ask them, nor would they, do anything improper or illegal on my behalf.
I am embarrassed and humbled by what has happened and this has been a life changing experience for me. I apologize to my wife, my children, the Mayor and Council of the Town of Lexington, the citizens of Lexington and my friends for anything I have said that caused them to be embarrassed or disappointed in me.
While nothing I have done is illegal, my error in judgment was a serious one. As I leave today to take a family vacation before school starts, I will use this time to reflect on making sure my priorities are in order and how I can strive to be a better husband, father, and public servant."