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Ex-Fayette chairman lashes out at fellow commissioners


Steve Brown

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown lashed out at his colleagues Friday, a day after being unseated as chairman.

Brown, who held the board's top spot for two years, was replaced by fellow Republican Charles Oddo in a 3-2 vote, with the newest commissioner -- Pota Coston serving as the swing vote. Coston is the first African American to serve on the Board of Commissioners. Coston, the commission's lone Democrat, aligned her vote with Oddo and David Barlow, who ran into trouble recently for referring to Democrats as "demoncrats." He later apologized.

Thursday's unusual coup didn't escape the ire of Brown, who issued the following statement Friday:

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"It was a surreal moment watching commissioner Barlow who bashes 'the Blacks' in front of his colleagues saying they are all obese, lacking concern over human life and killing their babies, all on government assistance with no work ethic in addition to his comments that Democrat women, in particular, are all ugly and Democrats, in general, are all demon possessed and evil and then watch a new African-American Democrat female join forces with him on the creation of new officers, not something you would have expected to see after so much hullabaloo over creating a minority voting district and protecting civil rights.  

I have never much like politics, but I can honestly say that it never ceases to amaze and bewilder the onlookers.​  Life moves on and we must move along with it."

Reached Friday, both Barlow and Coston were surprised to learn of Brown's comments.

“I have no comment there’s nothing for me to say,” Barlow said.

Coston also declined to comment but said "I'm looking forward to working with every commissioner on the board. My job is to serve all of the citizens of District 5 as well as Fayette County."




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Tammy Joyner covers local government in Clayton, Fayette and Henry counties.

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