As exciting as the current race for the White House is, local politics can be just as thrilling (and important) as anything Donald Trump deigns to say. Newsworthy happenings occur every day, be they an activist dog running for mayor, elected officials learning hard public lessons about female anatomy, and mayors being accused of having sex with a constituent’s significant other by the cuckold himself during a town meeting. Wait, what?
Yes, that’s precisely what happened on Tuesday in the village of Spring Valley, New York. According to The Journal News, Reginald Alfred approached the podium during an open town hall, addressed Mayor Demeza Delhomme personally, and accused him of ruining his family.
“Mr. Delhomme is trying to use his power to get into my house,” he said. “He destroyed my house. He destroyed my family. I have two daughters.”
The other members of the board called Alfred back after he abruptly left the stand and asked him for further clarification. Meanwhile, Delhomme denied the claim and told those in attendance that he didn’t “know this man.” He also asked for someone from the local police, if any were present, to remove Alfred from the proceedings. That’s when Trustee Vilair Fonvil tried to calm things down, then turned to the mayor and chastised him directly: “You screw his wife and you say you don’t know him?” Needless to say, that’s when the town hall practically exploded.
Delhomme’s tenure as the mayor of Spring Valley has been fraught with controversy, and Tuesday’s demonstration of that is only the latest in a long line of similar outbursts and incidents. The Journal News compiled a “short history” of these for all interested parties.