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"Cheerleadergate"

Cheerleadergate: Fairhope cheerleaders washed cars at mayor's campaign event | al.com
The Mobile Press-Register (al.com) reports:
A "Family Fun Day" put on by Mayor Tim Kant on Aug. 25 has become the most controversial campaign event of the municipal election cycle. At issue is the presence of Fairhope High School cheerleaders washing cars in exchange for donations.

At least some of them wore campaign buttons and held signs in support of the mayor's re-election campaign, raising questions about the propriety of students participating in a partisan campaign event while clearly representing their public school. ...

Family Fun Day was a highly visible event at McArthur’s Auto Service just east of the public library. It included hot dogs, a clown — and free car washes.

Kant, himself a 1973 graduate of Fairhope High, said "one of my supporters" asked the cheerleaders if they wanted to wash cars in exchange for donations. With funds for public education so short in many areas, cheerleaders, athletes and other school organizations are seeking to raise money for their activities, he said. -- Read the whole story -->

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