Well, yes, it could have. But if Frank Matthews had been a nicer guy, or even halfway civil, he might not have been fired from the mayor’s office. Matthews lost his $72,000 a year gig as co-director of the Office of Citizen Assistance after a “profanity-laced verbal altercation” with some Patrick Cooper supporters at a city-wide Christmas party Monday. He claims he was “provoked”.
Those of us who have been exposed to Matthews in the past know he’s easily provoked and has no problem whatsoever showing his fanny in public, even in front of television cameras. And there’s no heat-of-the-moment defense for going on the radio this morning and calling new (now former) boss Roderick Royal “Napoleon” and a “liar”.
Matthews says his firing will give him more time to campaign against Patrick Cooper. I suspect he was already spending plenty of his “work” hours doing just that — when he wasn’t busy organizing sparsely attended prayer vigils for Larry Langford. I’m glad the citizens of Birmingham — you know, those people he was supposed to be assisting — won’t be bankrolling him anymore.