Alabama Mayor Loses Re-Election Bid Two Weeks After Assault Linked to Sex Tape

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Alabama Mayor Loses Re-Election Bid Two Weeks After Assault Linked to Sex Tape.

Voters in Talladega, Alabama, rejected Mayor Larry Barton’s bid for a fifth term on Tuesday, two weeks after he was assaulted Aug. 8 by a man whose ex-attorney says Barton was caught on tape having sex with the assailant’s wife. Of course, I don’t like this kind of publicity, but all publicity of a sort is good.” After the results were in, giving the victory to Jerry Cooper Sr. by a nearly two-to-one margin, Barton updated his comments to the website. “I have been honored to serve four terms, and there’s only two mayors of Talladega who have served that long,” he said. “I count it as an honor. I’ve had four good terms.” That allegation – made by Stewart Springer, a former attorney for Barton’s accused assailant, Benny Green, 71 – named Barton, 75, as the other man on a video that showed Green’s wife, Charlotte, 68, engaged in sex acts in the back of the Greens’ Talladega liquor store with a man who was not her husband. Many people turned out to vote in a very important election at one of four different polling places in the city, one that city manager Patrick Bryant said is exciting. “We have the mayoral seat, the entire council and the entire school board all up for election at the same time, so it’s a very important day in terms of where the city is going to go in the future,” he said. The tapes, allegedly documenting three separate incidents in December 2013, are described in court papers that are part of Benny Green’s pending request for a divorce.

In ward two, incumbent Juanita McClellan is battling Mary McGhee for a spot on the board. “It’s about the children of Talladega, they need a good quality education, and there are a lot of other issues that need to be addressed,” McGhee said. Police said a suspect wearing a trench coat and wig approached Barton outside of the barber shop where he cuts hair part-time, then hit Barton with a baseball bat before attempting to flee by bicycle. Issues range from the economy, crime and the thing that everyone can’t seem to stop talking about, the scandal involving incumbent mayor Larry Barton. “Well I think what he do in his personal life, shouldn’t interfere, with what he gone do for us,” said Helen Fleming, a long time Talladega resident. He was a three-term mayor when he was removed from office in 1994 following his conviction on fraud and money-laundering charges tied to a $5,900 theft from the city.

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