Tim Darnell submitted the following interesting tidbit from Brookhaven. For those who don’t know, Tim is a writer, editor and author, whose political analysis has appeared on WGST, C-SPAN, AllNews 106.7 and other media outlets.
Brookhaven Councilman Gives Resident ‘the Finger’
A startling exchange took place during the Aug. 27, 2013, Brookhaven City Council meeting, when a local resident told his councilman to “Wake Up!,” only to be flipped off a few seconds later.
Ashford Park resident Ronnie Mayer, who was called the ‘mayor of Brookhaven’ long before the community became a city and elected J. Max Davis as its official leader, was pleading with the council to give up its controversial lawsuit against the Pink Pony.
The council has passed an ordinance prohibiting sexually oriented businesses from serving alcohol within city limits, but has since decided against enforcing the regulations until a ruling from DeKalb County Superior Court.
Mayer has repeatedly objected to the ordinance, arguing the city should be spending its money on hiring more police and maintaining its newly acquired parks, instead of legal fees associated with the ordinance.
“The money we’re spending on this makes me want to throw up,” Mayer said during the Aug. 27 meeting. “This is going to be a beautiful city, and if y’all will just leave this alone and stop wasting our money on this crap …”
In a video of the meeting, at around the 2:13 mark, Mayer said, “Jim! Wake up! Don’t go to sleep on me there … OK, just want to make sure you’re awake …”
Jim Eyre, who represents Mayer in District 2, then appears to give Mayer the finger a few seconds later.
“Ronnie and I are longtime friends and he has been a strong supporter of mine since the first days of my initial campaign for city council,” Eyre said. “The gesture was intended to be the continuation of an ongoing joke between us and was certainly not intended to be disrespectful to Ronnie, the residents of Brookhaven and/or the Council.
“If it was taken as such by anyone, then I certainly apologize for my actions.”
You can check out the video for yourself here, the exchange is about 30 seconds after the video starts:
Mayer is known to be a strong supporter of Eyre, who is running unopposed for reelection in this year’s Brookhaven municipal election.