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Not Lies, Just False

Antwon Womack, candidate for District 6 on the Birmingham Board of Education, said at a news conference this afternoon that he will not drop out of the race after The Birmingham News reported that he lied about his age, education and residence while campaigning.

“My campaign is not based on a foundation of lies,” Womack said today. “My values are not lies. It’s just the information I provided to the people is false.

Womack admitted again today that he lied on both his campaign Web site and his Facebook page, which he also uses to campaign, by claiming he was 23 years old, graduated from West End High School in 2005 and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Alabama A&M in 2009.

Records indicate Womack is 21 years old and dropped out of Wenonah High School in 2004 as a freshman. Student record databases at Alabama A&M show Womack was never a student at the university.

“I have been told not to drop out of the race,” Womack said, but declined to say who told him that. “I apologize to District 6 voters for this. … This here is not the end of the world.”

When confronted with the discrepancies Monday, Womack admitted the embellishments and said he wanted to make himself look older and more dignified so voters would take him more seriously. At that time, he also admitted he didn’t live in Birmingham’s District 6, and said he instead lived in Fairfield.

Today, he said he did indeed live in Birmingham’s District 6.

I am telling you, this kid has got a promising career in Birmingham politics.  He can’t be any worse than the current mayor of Birmingham:

An investment banker pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribing Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, the second co-defendant to admit funneling cash and gifts to Langford in exchange for $7.1 million in bond business.

Reactionary at Flashpoint did some more digging on Dr. Mr. Womack and the story only gets better.


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Politics as usual?

The city of Birmingham was awarded a $1.8 million federal grant to continue a program offering grants for home improvements.

The additional money more than doubles the city’s capacity to provide grants of up to $5,000, said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Why would the HUD Secretary travel all the way to Alabama to hand out a measly $1.8 million grant?  Okay here it is:

Donovan made the announcement Monday downtown as he toured Birmingham and Tuscaloosa with U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham.

Davis, who was an early supporter of Obama,  is running for Governor.  As we know the Obama administration makes it a habit of rewarding his supporters with big events and big checks.  As the Politico noted;

..52 of the 66 events were in states that backed Obama. And taken together, the itineraries amount to a veritable map of Obama’s election-night victories — big-money states like California and New York, swing states like Ohio and Colorado that Obama turned blue and other solidly Democratic states Obama kept in his column.

The events were weighted to big cities that provided Obama some of his biggest election-night margins: Cleveland, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Still, the stimulus bill has the potential to be a publicity bonanza for the Obama administration for years to come — through the 2010 midterm elections and beyond. As of mid-May, the administration had spent only 6 percent of the money Congress allotted for the program, and the White House says officials will continue to travel the country until all of the money is spent.

The events generally come in the form of roundtable discussions, upbeat speeches and sweeping announcements of billions of dollars for local communities. Some have all the hallmarks of campaign events, featuring banks of television cameras, flag-bedecked stages and local politicians working the crowds. Many generate the kind of admiring local media coverage that politicians crave — and largely escape the attention of national outlets.

I guess this begs the question, “How many more trips to Alabama will the administration be making before the 2010 election?”

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Update: Abortion in Alabama

An update on an earlier post about Lila Rose and her experience at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Birmingham.  Rose, who is a 20-year-old student, said the clinic staffer told her the manager “sometimes does bend the rules a bit” by not informing police of sexual abuse.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King has asked Lila Rose for the audio tape she made when she visited a Planned Parent clinic in Birmingham. King said Wednesday he wants a copy to see if the clinic staffer broke any state law. He said the clinic is required to report allegations or knowledge of sexual abuse.

“If that tape is an accurate depiction of what’s happening, that’s very troubling,” he said.

King is facing a primary challenge from Luther Strange in the upcoming election.

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