AJC Article: Norreese Haynes has lived with man in Marietta instead of at Morrow address he listed, investigation finds.
Clayton County school board member Norreese Haynes has not lived in the county for at least two years, according to his Marietta landlord and police records.
Haynes has lived at the Autumn View Apartments in Marietta with another man for approximately two years, the apartment manager told Clayton County police Feb. 21.
In addition, a woman who lives at the Morrow address that Haynes listed as his legal residency told police the board member rented a room but has never lived there.
State law says board members must reside in the county they serve.
Haynes did not return phone messages left on his two cellphones and at his office Thursday. His attorney, Adrian Patrick, also did not return a phone call.
According to a Feb. 27 Clayton County police report, Haynes "may have never lived within his represented district."
A few months ago a "white conservative" newspaper opinion writer took some heat by noting that in many urban areas elected officials go from working $30,000 per year jobs to having to manage multi-million dollar budgets simply by getting voted into office as a representative of their district. He made the case that they lack the qualifications to make such "executive decisions" and the outcomes of their presence too often shows up in the results that are obtained.
I can only guess that after reading the news of Norreese Haynes, board member of the Clayton County School Board that this opinion writer feels a bit exonerated from the lashing that he took by the people who assumed that his comments were racist rather than true.
I did not hear the campaign stump speeches of Norreese Hayes. I can only guess that the district that he represents is the "poorer part" of Clayton County. I can only guess that he made impassioned speeches regarding how his constituents are getting the short end of the stick and that he will come in as a strong advocate on their behalf FIGHTING for (yes I must say it) their "Best Interests". This is standard fare among impoverished areas. The angrier the candidate, the more qualified he is to represent the district for they are angry as well and he is best qualified to channel their passion to the others.
Once again - I am going to make a bold prediction: the noted Black female and hard left opinion writer - Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution might be forced to do her Sunday column on the events in Clayton county (assuming that this article is big news around town. I am on the road right now and thus I have missed out on the local sentiment). I can assure you that Ms. Tucker is going to make this an INDIVIDUAL EXCEPTION rather than any particular attribute of the Democratic Party or liberal leadership and definitively not 'urban politics' as usual.
I can imagine Ms. Tucker sympathizing that the reason why Mr. Haynes was a roaming apartment dweller rather than a stable homeowner in Clayton county is because SOCIETY didn't use to allow people who look like Mr. Haynes to walk the pathway toward being fixtures in a stable community. She might conclude that the reason why Mr. Haynes was managing a lower middle class personal budget rather than a multi-million dollar corporate budget prior to coming to the board is because SOCIETY never allowed people who look like Mr. Haynes such an opportunity. I know for sure that the news of Mr. Haynes shacking up with his gay lover in another metro area city rather than having residency in Clayton will be no barrier to Ms. Tucker - this is in line with her "tolerance" ethos. In fact the fact that this was even mentioned is an example of bigotry against homosexuals. And the recent arrest of Mr. Haynes on a domestic violence charge? Come on now - any Black person living in Atlanta for the past 20 years knows about how the boys in blue in Cobb county "do". This is no reflection upon Mr. Haynes.
Once again Cynthia Tucker and so many others who are verbose in fighting their ideological war against "conservatives" will have little or nothing to say regarding this growing chaos in Clayton County and how THE CHILDREN there are being affected by it. The defense of their IDEOLOGY and THEIR FAVORED PARTY and indeed the growing BLACK POWER STRUCTURE is far more important for them to send a torpedo that way.