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Broken News: "Hobbs Says Randoph Should Retire"... Or "Hobbs Gossips About Mayor's Mental Capacity"... Or "Hobbs Shoots Himself In Foot By Making Divisive, Inappropriate, and Unsubstantied Remark About Retiring Mayor"... Or "This Is The Reason People Do Not Consider Councilman Everett Hobbs To Be An Honest Man"... Or "What The Hell Was Hobbs Thinking? Didn't He Realize Who He Was Talking To? I Mean, Seriously, Didn't Hobbs Realize This Would Be In The Paper? Didn't He Understand They'd Report His Remarks As 'Breaking News?' Didn't He Recognize That He Had No Factual Claim With Which To Back Up His Incendiary Statement?" Billy Gunn writes:

Alexandria Councilman Everett Hobbs says Mayor Ned Randolph should consider resigning the office he has held since 1986.

“If the mayor can’t perform his duties, he needs to step down,” Hobbs said, alluding to an illness he said Randolph might have that prevents him from fulfilling his mayoral duties. Randolph, who announced earlier this month that he would not seek a sixth term, denied today that he suffers from or has been diagnosed with a debilitating illness. “No, absolutely not,” said Randolph, who will relinquish his office in December after the election this fall. He said he would not resign. Hobbs’ comments today, made in a telephone interview with The Town Talk, followed allegations he made at the end of Tuesday’s council meeting, where he said three aides close to Randolph were making the decisions, not the mayor.

For more on this story, please see Thursday's Town Talk or visit this Web site Thursday.

Lamar, for one, can't wait for the full story.