Could it get any crazier at Birmingham City Hall? Of course it could. @BhamWeekly is now tweeting:
Press conference at city hall. Smitherman to read statement saying Hoyt did not keep his word on Council President vote.
Smitherman says city needs stability, honesty, someone whose word can be trusted. Says Hoyt pledged his vote to her last night.
Says her budget review process would have reduced city department needs by $9 million dollars. Says #bham is a vibrant city, not gloomy.
Kyle asks if Hoyt is legally pro-tem, as Royal became Mayor as soon as he was elected Council Pres & could not vote in pro tem elect.
Royal, who became Mayor, might not legally be allowed to have made that vote for Hoyt as pro tem. Would mean 5-4 vote was not valid.
Smitherman says she got played today, politics at its worst. But is a Christian & says she’ll be done w/ this issue when presser over.
Smitherman says she knows Patrick Cooper was calling councilors trying to get them to vote for Royal for council president.
Smitherman won’t say who Cooper called. Says she is tired, is going home to prepare for thanksgiving. Presser over.
So. Steven Hoyt allegedly stabbed Carole Smitherman in the back. He may not be the legally elected President Pro Tem. Will there be a real challenge, or will the victors just shove Smitherman off to the side and move on? What happened to the calm that was supposed to follow the Larry storm?