"I would be more inclined to believe an actor who was actually on the set rather than a taxi driver on the other side of the country. I've also read comments by George Lindsey saying how sweet Frances Bavier was.
Here's my own speculation– I believe…"
"I'd vote for Mayor Pike. I think he represents the old ways in Mayberry. Mayor Stoner wants to drag Mayberry into the future (or at least the more recent past). Pike stands for traditional ways and Stoner is for "progress"."