Former Mexico Beach city council member Gary Woodham’s remarks at the Jan. 14, 2014 regular city council meeting, his first meeting after he was tapped to temporarily fill the seat when council member Lanny Howell abruptly resigned in December:
...and Woodham stated, “I hope and pray this council can work together in a positive manner. We have so much to be thankful for.”
Just three months later, Woodham’s comments to the Panama City News Herald on the night of April 22, after he was defeated for the same council seat by Mary Blackburn (281 votes to 250 votes):
...Woodham attributed the [election] results to a ‘successfully orchestrated’ campaign to mobilize female voters. ‘They did a great job, but they did the city a great disservice,’ Woodham said...
...Woodham said a ‘silent majority’ that agreed with the city’s current direction did not show up to the polls, allowing ‘a disgruntled group to take control of Mexico Beach,’ he said...
“...The direction they will be moving is backward, not forward,” Woodham said, “I think it is going to hurt this community...”
Politics at its finest.