School board member David Morgan’s ‘day job’ is raising eyebrows
by Hannah Morgan
December 04, 2013 01:45 AM | 19466 views | 33 33 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb school board member David Morgan speaks during Pebblebrook High School’s 2012 commencement ceremony at Roswell Street Baptist Church.<br>Staff/file
Cobb school board member David Morgan speaks during Pebblebrook High School’s 2012 commencement ceremony at Roswell Street Baptist Church.
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Morgan appears on promotional material for ‘LUHV 2 LIVE,’ an Atlanta group that offers relationship advice. The ad appears on Morgan’s Facebook page titled ‘Decatur Regulator Morgan.’ On the Board of Education since 2009, Morgan says  he stands by 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.<br>Special to the MDJ
Morgan appears on promotional material for ‘LUHV 2 LIVE,’ an Atlanta group that offers relationship advice. The ad appears on Morgan’s Facebook page titled ‘Decatur Regulator Morgan.’ On the Board of Education since 2009, Morgan says he stands by 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.
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MARIETTA — Despite a recent divorce, Cobb County school board member David Morgan has been part of a metro Atlanta group that dispenses free relationship advice.

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.

Free performances

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.

Interactive shows

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.



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Papermill gal
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December 06, 2013
What a fine example of a guy to send out into our south Cobb schools, not.

The golden couple of politics has split and at least one half is out of control and thinking he's within the boundaries of, what? Is this being a good father? Appearing with an obvious teenage sleazoid in an MTV-like ripoff, sexually suggestive and demeaning-to-young-women tabloid promotion business? What's too low, David? If this isn't it, you're a lost middle aged man, looking for that trophy chick twerking on your arm. THIS is how you are now seen. Time to backpedal.
Samuel Adams
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December 06, 2013
Out here where the regular people live, there are rumblings even among the parents who are normally not aware that a school board exists.

What parent would want David "The Gigolo" Morgan presenting their 16 year old daughter with an award? Is he the new Bill Clinton of Cobb? That's what people are saying.

Of course it matters, Mr. Mid-life Crisis. You are so gone. Your quest at self-promotion took a turn in the wrong direction: too young, too skank and too much bad judgement.
Idontloveit
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December 06, 2013
I'm OK with it.
Seen the light
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December 05, 2013
Maybe someone should check to see if Mr. Morgan is using county issued electronics or e-mail to conduct his business.
What's Fair is Fair
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December 05, 2013
Morgan has really opened a door for teachers. If they get in trouble for posting an inappropriate picture on their Facebook/we or any other ethical situation, teachers could say, "Well, a CCSD board member did it and did not get in trouble, why can't I? Teachers could sue for a double standard.
Cobb Mama
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December 05, 2013
I think it IS a double-standard. How can we expect certain behaviors from teachers and reprimand them for a picture, when this is an elected official? What also disturbs me is that the spelling in the advertisement. Talk about setting an example...
Jane W.
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December 05, 2013
Local teachers' union members vent their union's hatred of ANY board member open to the idea of charter schools and education reform.

Mr. Morgan has proven to be no exception.

One can imagine the email alerts hurriedly going out at CCAE headquarters each time a story appears with his name in it.

And we see the mean-spirited "comments" those alerts generate.
Cobb Mom
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December 05, 2013
A true leader doesn't post pictures like this on the internet and represent himself in this manner. He may be an upstanding father and a good citizen, but as professionalism goes this is unacceptable. We have enough going on in our district right now. All we need is this to make us look even worse to newcomers or to current residents alike. He should be fired as most high level executives would be for posting pictures like this on Facebook. The fact that he seems proud of it and doesn't care what others think says a lot about who he is as a professional. He's an embarrassment.
first and foremost
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December 05, 2013
This is outrageous... any teacher would be fired immediately for this, also his lobbying for charter schools is in direct conflict with his position as a board member. Look at his record of attendance, tardiness at school board meetings. He isn't the only board member who has had outrageous behavior, Banks also has and many on the board (with the exception of Kathy A. and Tim S.) chose to ignore his antics... so glad that my kids are out of CCSD. Unfortunately the voters are ignorant to some of these jokers antics (Banks and Morgan)... there should be term limits.
Really now??
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December 05, 2013
Banks and Morgan are nothing alike.

Banks comes to the board with ideas (like LEST) to improve things. Some don't like his ideas, but give him credit for thinking outside of the box. He has good intentions, although some (including the MDJ) can't see through his non-traditional exterior.

On the other hand, Morgan is either naive to his own actions or, more likely, couldn't care less about how his actions reflect upon the school district.
Momhickey
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December 04, 2013
I am totally appalled and throughly disgusted! I watched the last school board meeting and was bored and angered at the way Mr. Morgan "campaigned" for the chairman position! And now...God help us to never have him as the chairman! If he prefers this lifestyle, he needs to get another day job. Our children deserve so, so much more!

A Teacher
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December 04, 2013
I am a teacher in one of his schools. He has always been an embarrassment to us. He has been very late to several events I attended, has only been in our school once, was invited to be on a panel with students at a summer training and was too busy socializing to do what he was asked to do with the students. He has been seen playing games on his phone at a board meeting. He already is a poor example of a board member and as a role model for students - this most recent development only adds to the evidence. He should have been recalled or at least voted out long ago.
Former Cobbian
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December 04, 2013
The least he could do is use proper grammar and spelling on his FB page!
just a parent
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December 04, 2013
Has anyone considered that the constituents who voted for Mr. Morgan actually approve of this type of behavior. Not that Mr. Morgan is doing anything illegal, it's simply not appropriate. But it appears that those supporters in his area don't have a problem with this. Unfortunately, the CCSD represents the entire county and LOTS of us hold higher standards. Maybe his behavior might have something to do with why he and his wife divorced. It's really just another example of the break down of our morals in America.
Music to my ears
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December 07, 2013
It's funny how I'm reading all these comments about what a man is doing on his own personal time. When CCSD employees go to work on a daily basis wanting to throw in the towel because their administrator is demostrating inapproiate behavior. I know for a fact for years and years. I know that one of their administrators staff his written letters to the board on the issue and not a thing has been done about it. Why wasn't that on the news or in the paper? Oh excuse me, I forgot it's close to election time and someone has to throw some salt in the game, Deal with the real issues this man has not broken any laws.
Toby McGill
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December 04, 2013
What is the CCSD policy for *teachers* who exhibit the same behavior as Mr. Morgan shows to the children of Cobb County?
Mindyours
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December 04, 2013
I am an educator and I agree that we should lead by example. I also believe that we as people have the right to enjoy our lives outside of our jobs. I attended several if not all of the shows and actually learned something from them. Relationships are important and if someone reaches out to help those who attend, by all means LUV TO LIVE reached one to teach one. Now, If Mr. Morgan is not delivering his performance as a Board member that friends is an issue. This one shouldn't be. It's not like he is nude or showing himself. He is just keeping it real from a relationship standpoint. Gee give it a break already.
Baba O'Reilly
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December 04, 2013
Wow. You have some very high standards and "real" is low grade.
You are Not for Real
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December 04, 2013
I think you are a plant....Is this Mr. Morgan who is writing this response..teachers would lose their jobs if they posted what he did....even if we are doing our jobs during the day time.
doctorLUHV
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December 05, 2013
Hey, 'Mindyours', you misspelled the organization. It's "LUHV 2 LIVE"!! Can't forget that silent 'H' in there. This guy is a joke but of course his moronic constituents voted him in and don't care. Thank heavens I'm reading some of these comments who admonish his behavior. He's a no-show at meetings. If he does attend, he is often late and sometimes arrives wearing work out clothes. Messes around on his phone and looks completely disinterested. Now he's involved in a sleazy, sketch organization and wants to give RELATIONSHIP ADVICE??!! Classic!
LUHV 2 LIVE
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December 05, 2013
You must be miserable people and have no LUHV 2 LIVE.
Cobb School Advocate
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December 04, 2013
Holy Cow, and this Fella of Relationships wants to be the chairman - recall is in order for this bad behavior - He is an employee with salary, expense reimbursements and health insurance.

Suspend him form the Board until he is recalled.
Cobb Dad
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December 04, 2013
To the Board,

Please remember this. If this gawdy behavior is acceptable for a Board member (who should be setting the example), then the Board should recognize teachers also as adults and not fire them for such things as having a photo on FB holding a glass of wine at a dinner party.
Seeing Doubles
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December 04, 2013
What a double standard! If this was a teacher. they would have lost their job FIRST and then been raked across the coals by these same people who are posting things MORE provocative! SMH!
Just Wait
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December 04, 2013
Somebody help me here. Just what is wrong with the Cobb County School Board? Shouldn't there be some sort of mental health evaluation prior to election?
dustoff
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December 04, 2013
And this is the same man who voter to fire school officials and teachers for far less.

Mr. Morgan sure is setting a fine example of morals for the CCSB.

If the voters in his district do not vote him out of office or start a recall then they are getting just what they want and need to stop complaining about school issues in their district.
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