Rep. Holmes: I was asked to make ASU investigation racial - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Rep. Holmes: I was asked to make ASU investigation racial

Rep. Alvin Holmes says he does not believe racism played a role in the audit of ASU Rep. Alvin Holmes says he does not believe racism played a role in the audit of ASU
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

State Representative Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery) is not shy about speaking out about the topic of racial inequality, but there's a hot button issue in Montgomery that he's declining to see in such a light.

Rep. Holmes tells WSFA 12 News he was asked to make the investigation of Alabama State University and a controversial audit report appear racially motivated. Alabama State University is a historically black college.

Holmes is claiming that former ASU Trustee Donald Watkins and ASU Executive Vice President John Knight asked him to question the motives of former university president Dr. Joseph Silver and to attack Governor Robert Bentley, who is the head of the ASU Board of Trustees by virtue of his governorship.

Holmes, a longtime Montgomery lawmaker, says he refused to make racial claims because he does not believe race played a role in Silver's questions or Bentley's request for a forensic audit of the university.

Both Watkins and Knight deny they asked Holmes to become involved in the situation.

ASU is currently suing the auditing firm, FSS, in a California court for negligent and intentional interference in a false and misleading audit. In its court filing, ASU cites a "long and ugly history of discrimination against its African American citizens and their institutions..." and that the state "has had a long history of allowing its historically white universities to be governed by independent boards of trustees."

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • Rep. Holmes: I was asked to make ASU investigation racialMore>>

  • TrackBack: ASU audit

    TrackBack: ASU audit

    TrackBack: ASU audit

    Ken Hare In Depth: Audit suggests ASU made mockery of open records lawASU President says school is "under attack by the governor"ASU, board members blast Gov. Bentley's audit release, feel "betrayed"ASUMore >>
    Ken Hare In Depth: Audit suggests ASU made mockery of open records lawASU President says school is "under attack by the governor"ASU, board members blast Gov. Bentley's audit release, feel "betrayed"ASUMore >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections

    Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections

    Friday, May 18 2018 12:40 AM EDT2018-05-18 04:40:58 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:01 AM EDT2018-05-20 10:01:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File). FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to participants of the annual March for Life event, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration will resurrec...(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File). FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to participants of the annual March for Life event, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration will resurrec...

    The Trump administration is resurrecting a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers.

    More >>

    The Trump administration is resurrecting a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers.

    More >>
  • US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

    US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

    Thursday, May 17 2018 12:39 AM EDT2018-05-17 04:39:43 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:01 AM EDT2018-05-20 10:01:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig). FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Thursday, May 17...(AP Photo/Seth Wenig). FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Thursday, May 17...

    Births have been declining since 2014, but 2017 saw the greatest year-to-year drop - about 92,000 less than the previous year.

    More >>

    Births have been declining since 2014, but 2017 saw the greatest year-to-year drop - about 92,000 less than the previous year.

    More >>
  • Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

    Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-05-19 14:46:23 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-05-20 09:55:38 GMT
    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure. (Source: Susan Walsh/AP Photos)Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure. (Source: Susan Walsh/AP Photos)

    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure.

    More >>

    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly