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Ex-Flint Mayor Puts Up Statue Of Self Outside Home

DAVISON TWP. (WWJ/AP) - A former Flint mayor who resigned in 2009 while facing a recall election has put up a bronze statue of himself outside the gated entrance of his home.

The 8.5 ft. tall statue of Don Williamson in Genesee County's Davison Township, near Flint, is surrounded by six bronze lions.

On the back of the base of the Williamson statue are the words: "The Colonel's Inc. Founded by Donald J. Williamson May 10, 1984. His motto 'Success is the best revenge."'

Williamson said the statue, which was made 20 years ago, originally stood at The Colonel's Inc., a company that manufactures bumpers and truck bedliners.

The building where Williamson made his fortune in Owosso burned down in 1993 in a suspected arson with damages estimated at $32 million, The Flint Journal reported.

Williamson said the lions were imported by his wife. Of the lion statues, he joked: "Careful, one of them is alive.".

Williamson said he and his wife are in the process of landscaping the property, located on Sugarbush Golf Course (which he owns), while putting the final touches on a garage.

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