UPDATE: Statement from Winston: Okay, so now we know why Wayne Winston was hauled away Monday night by State Marshal Charles Valentino outside a meeting of the Bridgeport branch of the NAACP. Winston owed more than $15,000 in back child support. Winston has sought to take control of the local chapter embroiled in a heated leadership split between supporters of Winston and President Carolyn Vermont. The state NAACP branch, per order of the national civil rights organization, is now running the ship until an audit can take place of local finances and new officers elected. Winston did not come up with a court-ordered $20 per week, according to the magistrate in the case. After spending a day in the can Winston managed to come up with enough child-support dough to win his release.
Leave it to the irrepressible Carolyn Nah, the former president of the local NAACP, to come to the aid of her friend Winston in dubious Nah speak:
“It’s a shame for an unemployed black man to stand there and be humiliated,” said Nah of Winston. Nah, who has a history of twisted logic, had accused Vermont of dropping a dime in the phone on Winston when, in fact, the court had ordered Winston’s arrest for some time. Does Carolyn Nah ever get the facts straight? Nah.
CT Post reporter Dan Tepfer has more details:
Wayne Winston was one evasive deadbeat dad.
State Marshal Charles Valentino had been pursuing Winston, who owes more than $15,000 in back child support for his two children, for about a year and had nearly given up hope of finding him until he read a story in the Connecticut Post about Winston’s efforts to take over the leadership of the local NAACP chapter.
Read more from Tepfer here.
Statement from Winston:
As being the person “pinched,” I would like to thank everyone for their comments, whether good or bad. Like many people in this country I ran into some financial hardships and the mother of my children had to use the state for help early in their lives.
My children are now over 24 and that arrest was because of arrearages that didn’t get paid. Not through a bunch of new babies.
Throughout the years with the cost of living so high the child support fell off my radar screen. I have no issue with the state of CT or the Marshall who arrested me because I owe what I owed and I take full responsibility for that. They all have a job to do and I let it get by me. I think many people are critical of the timing though of the arrest.
I am not sure why I couldn’t be found because I am always around in very visible places.
In fact the two marshals were very respectful to me and treated me with dignity. But this is truly a cautionary tale. There are many people who owe child support and let this be a reminder to pay it.
In the end being branded the ultimate deadbeat dad by the media is far from true and what my biggest issue is. Clearly there are people who owe much more than I ever have or ever will but we live in a time where this is more about the drama than truth.
I do not think this one man’s failure to pay child support somehow negates or overshadows the fact the Bridgeport NAACP has been reset and it is an opportunity to have new branch leadership and the very reason it was done was because of what the members of the organization like myself have said all along. The proper financial procedures weren’t filed and funds received.
When you make your next comments ask yourself who amongst us is perfect and has not made mistakes. That’s what our system is about. Innocent until proven guilty and every person has a chance to correct whatever errors they may make.
For the people who know me my commitment to my the community has been steadfast and I never asked for a dime. My service on numerous community boards, fund raising for toy drives, educational avocation, etc. speak for themselves.
I love Bridgeport and its people and in the words of Cornell West, if you don’t love your people, you can’t serve your people. We are hoping the new Bridgeport NAACP will do that and we need everyone who is concerned to help.