CULLMAN, Ala. — A woman running for mayor is facing a different campaign issue: Her appearance on the Jerry Spring Show. Recorded in 2002, the episode on the reality talk show was titled: “Foolish Lovers.”
Verna Hammons, one of four candidates seeking the office in the upcoming municipal election in Cullman, spends much of the episode recounting a tryst with a married man she met on a chat line.
Later in the episode she gets into a fist fight with the man’s wife, and is restrained by the show’s security staff while the man and his estranged wife have a conversation about custody of their young child.
Hammons did not want to talk about it this week, even refusing to confirm she was featured on the program. “If you don’t have nothing good to say about somebody don’t call them,” she said when asked about the appearance. She hung up on a reporter twice.
The mayor’s race will be included on the Aug. 28 municipal ballot.