An Unlikely Pair Team Up in Fayette County

You may remember Pota Coston. A Democrat, she was elected to the District 5 post of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners in November as the first black person to hold a seat on that board, following a contentious redistricting process. At her first Commission meeting after the election, she received a very unwelcome welcome from fellow Commissioner David Barlow, who called Coston’s political party “Demoncrats,” categorizing them as “Evil.” Erick wrote a post criticizing Barlow.

After Chairman Steve Brown wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper, Barlow issued an apology for his statements, which I wrote about here.

Now, Steve Brown is now the ex Commission Chairman, following a Thursday vote that gave Republican Commissioner Charles Oddo the chairmanship. The three to two vote teamed Oddo with Coston and Barlow.

On Friday, Brown issued this statement, as summarized by the AJC:

“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. (They’re) 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. … (To) then watch a new African-American Democrat female join forces with him on the creation of new officers, (is) 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 (liked) 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.”

Following Brown’s statement, both Coston and Barlow declined to comment.


  1. Dave Bearse says:

    It was notable that it seemed to take “Demoncrat” catching fire in the media before there was repudiation, e.g. I don’t think any of the Commissioners rebutted or addressed Barlow’s comments as part of the meeting, not that Brown or the others lingered about it personally.

  2. jiminga says:

    Coston is all about furthering her political career and would vote for Charles Manson if she thought it would benefit her.

  3. benevolus says:

    Well I for one am happy to see that they didn’t look at each other and just vote the opposite. Something other than their (possible) personal animosity was at play, hopefully just voting for the best person to do the job.

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