A politically-motivated Facebook message by Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon (pictured) supporting President Obama has drawn national interest.
After Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Brannon responded by saying he's part of that population.
Brannon said that he received government assistance as a child. He admitted that he and his wife receive federal assistance through WIC.
Brannon addressed the firestorm on Wednesday's City Council Recap show on 1390 WBLL. He said he regrets posting the message.
Listen to his comments.
Listen to the complete City Council Recap at http://www.peakofohio.com/broadcast/
The mayor deleted his initial Facebook post.
Several political blogs have criticized the mayor's lifestyle.
The following is from thirdbasepolitics.blogspot.com.
Adam Brannon is the mayor of Bellefontaine. Mayor Brannon is an absolutely perfect example of the entitlement culture that is taking over America and bankrupting our country. Adam, like most Democrats, believes that it is his right to force his fellow citizens to subsidize all of the many irresponsible life decisions he has made.
Check out a recent Facebook post he made:
Let's look at Mayor Brannon's life decisions:
- Ran for mayor immediately after graduating from college.
- This position pays him $26,840 a year.
- Ran for and won reelection.
- This is the salary he has chosen to earn.
- Brannon and his wife have decided that she should not work.
Knowing all of this, they decided to have two children that they cannot afford to feed. We know this, because he isn't ashamed to tell the world that he uses WIC to feed them and his wife.
Brannon claims poverty, but his situation is entirely of his own making. Both he and his wife have college degrees, but have purposefully decided to live on only $27,000 a year. Fine. That's his business and his alone.
Until he demands that the rest of us actual taxpayers actually feed the children he decided to have. Not only is he irresponsible, he dares to act like a victim. Just like Romney described.
"Sometimes things just don't work."
Really, Adam? Are you serious? Did you expect it all to work on $27,000? The student loans, the car payments, the credit cards? And then you decided to have two children? Of course it doesn't work! But you chose it anyway!