- The Washington Times - Friday, August 26, 2016

Midland City, Alabama, interim Mayor Patsy Capshaw Skipper denied using a racial epithet to describe an opponent on Facebook this week and instead said hackers had likely compromised her account, local media reported Thursday.

Ms. Skipper, a Republican, has been in the hot seat ever since a screenshot appeared following her loss Tuesday when Midland elected its first African-American mayor ever, JoAnn Bennett Grimsley.

“I lost. The ni**er won,” reads a comment purportedly posted through Ms. Skipper’s Facebook account following her loss. The post was originally accessible only to those on the interim mayor’s friend list and has since been deleted altogether, the Dothan Eagle reported.

Prior to then, however, WTVY News, a local CBS affiliate, said it had received dozens of screenshots of the comment.

When reached by the newspaper, Ms. Skipper denied having any part in the posting.

“My Facebook has been messed up for several weeks, and I haven’t been using it,” Ms. Skipper said. “I think I’ve been hacked.”

On the heels of undergoing recent heart surgery, Ms. Skipper added that Facebook “has been the least of my worries.”

Ms. Grimsley received 233 votes in Tuesday’s election to the interim mayor’s 148.

A third candidate, Lamar Spence, garnered 59 votes, the newspaper reported.

Asked by the newspaper to comment officially on her opponent’s win, Ms. Skipper said: “I hope she does a great job for the city, and I am very happy for her.”

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