On an open Facebook page under the name Decatur Regulator Morgan, the school board member is pictured with scantily-clad young women and has posted pictures with women around stripper poles and with sexually suggestive themes.
Morgan is part of the group “LUHV 2 LIVE,” which performs at local bars, restaurants and lounges, putting on panels and live discussions about the ins and outs of relationships for close to a year, he said.
His involvement in the group was his decision, and he said he is not ashamed of anything posted on his Facebook page.
“I feel very comfortable in terms of how I represent myself. If other people have a problem with that, that’s their right,” Morgan said.
Morgan said the group’s shows were similar to the popular television show “The View,” as various guests — including pastors, local radio hosts and ordinary married couples — join together to dish about relationships.
“I feel like relationships are universal, and I think taking a look at it and the intricacies and hurdles, it is something we all can relate to,” he said.
State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) filed for divorce from David Morgan in June, listing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final in August, according to court records.
Last month, Alisha Morgan announced her campaign to be the next state school superintendent. Her biography on AlishaMorgan.com continues to list David Morgan as her husband just as his biography on the Cobb School District’s website continues to list her as his wife.
Morgan said he did not wish to comment on the status of his marriage Tuesday, while Alisha Morgan declined to be interviewed by press time.
Despite his recent marriage breakup, Morgan believes that his experience with relationships was still relevant, and continued to work with the group as recently as October, although he said the group has taken a break for now.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said, as to the future of the shows.
The shows, all free to the public, were held on a monthly basis, Morgan said, and lasted about an hour.
Sometimes there would be a panel, other times just a discussion between a host and the audience, Morgan said, and each show was different in theme and attendees.
Promotions for each event are posted on Morgan’s Facebook page, and picture him in the presence of other women and other well-known community members.
An advertisement for an October event at the Kouture Lounge in Atlanta shows Morgan with a young woman who is dressed only in underwear and a tank top. The promotion reads: “Wild Ridez: Phreaks Have More Phun ...”
Advertisements for a November performance, held at Landon’s bar and restaurant in Atlanta, were posted on a Facebook page for Morgan, which promised free admission, free food and “good conversation about relationships.” The theme of the November show was “Spicing Up a stale situation, how to get your relationship back jumpin.’” Morgan is shown in pictures, laughing and posing with Pastor Wilbur Purvis, of Destiny World Church in Austell, Rashan Ali, a local radio/TV host, and Ebony Steele, co-host of Rickey Smiley’s Morning Show.
Another show, “Lies Women Tell Themselves,” held in late June at the Pizza Bar in Mableton, was advertised on the Facebook page. Lisa Wu, formerly of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, was to be a guest that evening, according to the promotion.
Morgan never got paid for his involvement, he said, and was comfortable with the community knowing of his involvement with the shows. Morgan said that he was an adult and made his own decisions, regardless of what people thought.
“I’m going to live my life and do things to the best of my ability,” he said.
Appropriate or inappropriate?
Morgan has served on the Cobb Board of Education since 2009, and some community members said his involvement with LUHV 2 Live was a risky association for a public official to have.
“I think any school board member doing something that would cause a teacher or employee to be reprimanded or fired is wrong. How can they be in charge of the school district and do something that they would have to turn around and fire a teacher for?” said Connie Jackson, the president of the Cobb County Association of Educators.
Jackson worries about double standards.
She says it’s not fair for an elected official to post what she deems as inappropriate photos on Facebook, while similar activity by a teacher could result in disciplinary action.
“I would hate to explain to my middle school son that a school board member has something on his page that a teacher couldn’t have,” Jackson said. “I think we have to hold our elected officials to a higher standard than what that says.”
School Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn agreed.
Scamihorn said the elected school board members represented the school district at all times, and believed that anyone within a leadership role, whether it be a teacher, congressmen or student, is always being watched by their followers.
“He who has the most power has the least liberty, for he is the one most watched,” Scamihorn said, quoting a phrase he discovered years ago.
Once elected to power, it is important for elected officials to maintain a level of professionalism at all times, he said, and weigh any unanticipated consequences of their actions.
“We as leaders at any level oftentimes forget that people are watching us,” he said.
However, Morgan is an individual adult, Scamihorn added, and as long as he did not break any laws, he was entitled to do as he pleased.
“He’s an adult. I’ll leave it to his voters to decide,” Scamihorn said.
Morgan, a lobbyist for the American Federation of Children, which promotes school choice for families living in low-income areas, said he stood behind his decisions.
“I am proud of who I am as a father and as a human being. What I choose to do in my personal time is what I choose to do, but if other people have a problem with it, that is what they choose to do,” he said.