Local radio host and blogger Abdul Hakim-Shabazz posted a few weeks ago that Councillor Angela Mansfield had been effectively banned from the Living Room Lounge downtown due to her advocacy for the comprehensive air ordinance and that the owner had told the servers not to serve her.
Here's the exact wording from this post:
And speaking of the end of a beautiful friendship, City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield, co-author of the current smoking ban proposal, has reportedly been banned from the Living Room Lounge at 9th and Penn. Mansfield has cited the Living Room Lounge as a place where she loves the food, but doesn’t like the secondhand smoke. Well apparently the owner has told the staff she won’t have to worry about the smoke, because she’s no longer welcome and has ordered the staff not to serve her.
Councillor Mansfield sent me an e-mail yesterday saying that due to an emergency she had not been able to send me a message on the subject, but she says that the Living Room never banned her at all and that the owner, Tammy Jones, said that she never had never instructed her staff not to serve the Councillor. "She said although we disagree on the smoking issue, she would never be so petty," said Mansfield.
Looks like Abdul was completely off in his rumormongering. He rumored that Beth White was running for Prosecutor, too. That one didn't pan out, either.
I would like to issue a full and complete apology to Tammy Jones and the staff of the Living Room Lounge for criticizing them for something they did not do. I completely retract my previous post and have pasted this post as an update into the original post.
Thank you also to Councillor Mansfield for setting the record straight. Abdul...what's up buddy? My rumors are usually at least grounded in fact.