And it couldn't happen to a better person. Larry Langford, the black anti-gay social conservative mayor of Birmingham who recently refused to issue a parade permit for gay pride, has been arrested on federal charges of bribery and money laundering. Read it and weep at Fox 6 Birmingham:
FBI spokesperson Paul Daymond said agents took Langford into custody around 7 a.m.
The indictment accused Langford, securities broker Bill Blount and lobbyist Al Lapierre of bribery and money laundering. The federal charges come after the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Langford, Blount and LaPierre ...
[The] indictment and the SEC lawsuit accused Langford of taking money from Blount and Lapierre in exchange for steering millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business their way. At the time of the alleged wrongdoing, Langford was president of the Jefferson County Commission.
The Justice Department says the federal corruption investigation is significant because Langford and his friends' high rate municipal bond and derivative deals took "Jefferson County to the brink of bankruptcy." Langford's alleged scheme is detailed at eFlux and Bloomberg.
Langford denies any wrongdoing and tells Fox 6 he has been "expecting this forever." The Democratic mayor assures voters he is back on the job. "I'm going to work today," Langford said. "That's what I have lawyers for—to take care of this."
It's been a colorful year for Mayor Larry P. Langford, whose motto is "A world without Jesus is a mess waiting to happen."." In April the mayor wore a sackloth and Rolex watch and lead a prayer rally against crime. In May the "committed Christian" mayor refused to issue a permit for gay pride. (The police department later did so.) Oh and a children's charity founded by Langford is also being investigated by the feds for lavishly spending money and writing checks to a gay porn star Ryan Idol. None of this ounds very Christian.