Embattled Alabama publisher and editor Goodloe Sutton, who received widespread condemnation this week for racist and violent rhetoric, announced Friday that he has handed over control of his newspaper.
Elecia Dexter, was named publisher and editor at the Democrat-Reporter of Linden on Thursday, according to a press release distributed by the newspaper.
Reached by phone on Friday afternoon, Sutton said Dexter was the new “publisher, owner, and editor” of the Democrat-Reporter. He refused to say if the paper had been sold to Dexter or if ownership had been transferred, and repeatedly called a Montgomery Advertiser reporter “dumb” for asking.
The Alabama Secretary of State’s website did not have a record of any transaction as of Friday afternoon. It can sometimes take a few days for records on the site to update.
Dexter, 46, told The Associated Press that Sutton will retain ownership of the newspaper, which has a circulation of about 3,000, “but I will handle everything else.”
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SOURCE: USA Today; Montgomery Advertiser, Melissa Brown and Brian Lyman