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. Talladega Mayor Larry Barton faced challenges from opponents Vann Caldwell and Jerry Cooper Sr. in the city’s mayoral race — a campaign run in the shadow of Barton’s record and more recently a scandal involving allegations of illicit sex. 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. He added the tally was the final count for the city of roughly 16,000, which is known for hosting major auto racing events. “I feel good; we’re at ease with everything. 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. When you stay in office that long you’re gonna make folks mad,” Barton said Tuesday night. “They wanted change and I respect that.” Barton served about three years in prison in the 1990s after being convicted of defrauding the city.

Some voters said Barton’s appeal and charitable reputation may help him find his way back to the mayor’s office despite his past, as other politicians have done, including former Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Buddy Cianci and former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry. “He may get re-elected, I didn’t vote for him,” said Ken Shaddix as he left a voting precinct. “There’s a lot of people I don’t like that do a good job.” Barton was beaten up more than two weeks ago amid claims from attorney Stewart Springer that Barton was secretly recorded having an affair with the wife of the beating suspect, Benny Green. 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. On Aug. 8, Barton was assaulted about 55 miles west of Talladega outside a barbershop where he works part-time in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. 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. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.” Barton ran for mayor several times after his federal prison sentence and lost runoffs before he was re-elected in 2011.

Barton, who appeared to be recovering from multiple bruises and cuts, walked alongside his wife and greeted voters as they trickled into the recreation center to vote. Some residents say the city needs to clean up its reputation in hopes of attracting more economic development besides the racetrack. “I think Talladega has an image problem right now and that’s one thing we have to combat,” Dase said. “And then, we’ve been hurt a lot with industry over the last 10, 15 years, and you know, Talladega has to change.

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