Feb 202015
Mississippi Republican State Rep. Gene Alday (Photo by Clarion Register)

Mississippi Republican State Rep. Gene Alday (Photo by Clarion Register)

Former small town Mayor, police chief, and now Republican State Representative from Mississippi, Gene Alday had this say in response to a question from The Clarion-Ledger about a bill to increase school funding:

“I don’t see any schools hurting,” Rep. Alday, 57, told the Clarion-Ledger. He acknowledged that his state “has a lot of bad school districts,” but blamed their poor performance on voters who “are electing superintendents that don’t know anything about education.” In an apparent attempt to defend his stance, Alday, who sits on the Youth and Family Affairs committee, said, “I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”

But of course he’d be upset about all those lazy black folks, since they nearly caused his death once. The former mayor of a town of just 1248 people relayed an experience he had at a local hospital’s emergency room. “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they [black people] were in there being treated for gunshots.”

And because sometimes you just can’t stop digging, he decided to defend himself by saying he thought he’d inferred that his remarks were off the record. “I’m not a bad person, and that makes me look like an evil person,” Alday now says. “I didn’t do anything wrong. The guy made me look like a fool.” (You know, because he would never say anything foolish himself.) The Clarion-Ledger reports today that Alday “said he had no idea his remarks would appear in a story and, if he had, he wouldn’t have made them.” (Because he’s only upset they got reported, not that he said them.)

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