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November 11, 2009

Weird news: Leadership in action

-- New Jersey’s Least-Savvy Politician: In a courtroom in October, Atlantic City (N.J.) Councilman (and Baptist minister) Eugene Robinson, 67, explained that he had no intention of having sex that night in November 2006 when a prostitute tricked him into a motel tryst (as a set-up by his political enemies). “I was waiting for God to send me the (woman) that’s (destined) to be my Christian wife,” he said, and since he hadn’t had sex “since 1989,” he said he thought this was the chosen woman. Robinson, now in poor health, did not run for re-election.

-- In his campaign for election to the school board in Birmingham, Ala., Antwon Womack, 21, issued biographical materials claiming to be 23 years old; to be a graduate of a local high school and of Alabama A&M; to be a bona fide resident of Birmingham; to be properly addressed as “Dr.”; and to have chaired three previous political campaigns. After inquiries by the Birmingham News, Womack acknowledged in August that none of those claims is true. However, he defended his campaign and his principles: “My values are not lies. It’s just (that) the information I provided to the people is false.”

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