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GREENSBORO -- Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins said he is tired of the whispers surrounding his financial situation.

Perkins has faced bankruptcy, foreclosure and is in the process of going through a divorce.

On Friday he wanted to set the record straight and as he said, to prove he is not a "deadbeat dad."

Perkins invited reporters into his home to settle any lingering questions about his personal and financial life.

"I am not a deadbeat dad," Perkins said. "I don't know anybody that's paid $78,000 over ten months of a year that can be considered a deadbeat dad."

That money, he said, goes to pay for legal fees, insurance, alimony, child support and tuition.

But records show he has stopped paying for his daughter's tuition, yet continues to pay for his country club membership.

"I didn't think it was fair for her to have that taken away along with many other things," Perkins said. "That is an expense that does help me facilitate commercial transactions, and I am still a commercial broker and making money in that regard."

Meanwhile, he said all of his assets are being liquidated to help pay his taxes, since he had to file for bankruptcy when his real estate business went under.

"I've adjusted my lifestyle to a point where I can pay my rent and pay my utilities, pay my cable like anybody else and move on with my life," Perkins said. "So I just happen to be the mayor."

He is now living in a modest apartment. His former home went into foreclosure when an agreement could not be reached between his ex-wife over their divorce.

"My ex-wife refused to sign the contract and refused to move from the house that she's still living in," Perkins said.

While Perkins admits his personal life can be complicated and messy, he is looking for re-election as mayor of Greensboro.

When asked if he sees conditions improving if elected another term, Perkins said, "absolutely."

“We're at the end of this cycle. In fact, the foreclosure, bankruptcy could have occurred in 2008 or 2009. So no, I don't think the leadership is affecting this at all," said Perkins.

Something that will be up for voters to decide.

Perkins is running for re-election against city council member Nancy Vaughn. She told News 14 Carolina she did not want to comment on the mayor's financial situation.

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