County Commissioner David Barlow offered the following apology to incoming commissioner Pota Coston Wednesday after fallout from last Thursday’s comments in which he referred to Democrats as “Demoncrats,” and “evil.”
My passion for Jesus Christ and saving lives was wrongly portrayed by me this past Thursday evening. During a regular commission meeting, I gave a prepared statement to our local press and during commissioners comments read the statement into the record. I was wrong.
I spoke with Ms. Pota Coston and offered my humble apology to her and asked for her forgiveness, which she graciously gave. Also, I am sending this apology to the other board members to include the local Democratic Party, asking for their forgiveness as well. I truly regret my comments and would like everyone to know that I look forward to working with Pota as we move Fayette County forward.
“The Lord hates six things, in fact, seven are detestable to Him; arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16-19. I clearly violated, “stirs up trouble among brothers”. “For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well”, Matthew 6:14 Thank you Jesus!
Fayette County Republican Party Chairman Scott Fabricius submitted the following letter Tuesday in which he distanced his party from Barlow’s comments.
On November 13, 2014, Commissioner David Barlow made some inflammatory and inappropriate remarks at the County Commission meeting. While Mr. Barlow was elected as a Republican candidate, it should be clearly understood that his statements are neither endorsed nor embraced by the Fayette County Republican Party. Moreover, his attempt to buttress his personal expression by adding that his declaration was done “in the mighty name of Jesus” made it even more objectionable. The Jesus I know and love preached a message of love and forgiveness.
Mr. Barlow’s opinion that Democrats are evil is true. My Bible teaches that ALL men are inherently evil and that includes Republicans and Independents as well. While I too am hopeful that with the recent election our great country can move back to restoring the religious freedoms upon which it was founded, my allegiance to any political party pales in comparison to my allegiance to the God who died for me, and, in doing so, demonstrated that we are to love everyone and not hate anyone.
The Fayette County Issues Tea Party issued a similar statement. Co-founder Harold Bost’s Political Action Group (PAC) was heavily involved in the 2012 election, backing a number of successful candidates, including Barlow.
Notice: At the November 13, 2014 County Commission meeting, Commissioner David Barlow made a series of highly inflammatory comments that the founders of the Fayette County Issues Tea Party strongly object to. Read an account of the incident here. While our position on voting for BoE and BoC candidates is different than that of some other orgnizations in Fayette County, members of those organizations remain fellow citizens, and in some cases, friends and neighbors. It takes a county of sincere & involved citizens to sustain and grow a highly successful county like ours- a fact we strongly urge Commissioner Barlow to recognize and embrace through actions as well as words.