Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Roberts to board: Behave

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Good for Jennifer Roberts. Bill James still needs to put on his grown-up pants and apologize, though ... and he knows it.

County Commissioners Chair Jennifer Roberts urged board members Tuesday night to mind their manners in the coming year, saying “name-calling has no place in civil discourse.”

The remarks were in response to an exchange between commissioners Bill James and Vilma Leake during a debate Dec. 15 on offering domestic partner benefits to county employees.

Leake had mentioned during her remarks at the meeting that her son had died of AIDS in 1993, and that she did not believe she would still have to defend his lifestyle. Shortly later, James leaned over to Leake and asked: “Your son was a homo, really?”

Roberts did not call out James and Leake by name during her remarks Tuesday, but said there was behavior at the earlier meeting “that was, in my opinion, unbecoming of an elected official.”

Read the rest of this Charlotte Observer article, including Robert's statement, by April Bethea, here.

April live-Tweets the county's board meetings. Check out the #Meckbocc Tweet-stream here.

And, in case you missed it, you can click here to see (and hear) Bill James' "ass-hattery" in action.

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