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Corrine Brown promises 99-year-old woman breakfast, stands her up

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On Saturday morning, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown attended a breakfast fundraiser for her re-election campaign headlined by Martin Luther King III.

Unfortunately, not everyone who expected to be at the event was there.

Virgie Coleman, a 99-year-old woman who Brown met during a visit to the Lane Wiley Senior Center where Coleman volunteers three times a week, was not there.

Why does Coleman’s absence matter?

Because Brown, after taking photographs with Coleman, told the almost-centenarian that she would be picked up Saturday morning for the breakfast. Coleman says Brown told her a limousine would pick her up at nine o’clock.

Coleman woke up at 5 a.m. to get ready.

“I was on time, bathed, dressed,” Coleman said.

She dressed in her best outfit, one appropriate for meeting dignitaries. She put on pantyhose and everything else a woman of her generation might wear when dressing to impress.

However, as 9:00 a.m. rolled around … and then 10 a.m. … and then 11 a.m., it became clear Congresswoman Brown would not deliver.

Twenty-five people waited to see Coleman picked up.

But, like Coleman, they were left disappointed.

Coleman says she gave Brown’s “secretary” her phone number. Brown didn’t call.

Coleman, who has been a Democrat her entire life, told when we spoke with her that she still hoped that Brown would fulfill her commitment.

We have reached out to the Brown campaign for a response. We will update this story if we receive one.

A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at

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