The Ugliness of Outsider Influence in the Nashville Mayoral Race
Is it brotherly love or political greed? Super PAC: the perceived coordination of a message…
The Nashville mayoral race is officially a non-partisan candidacy with no party affiliation listed on the ballot in an attempt to promote and connect the voter to the candidate’s specific ideas for leading Nashville’s future. If no candidate receives a majority of votes then a run-off election of the top two candidates will determine the next mayor.
This year’s election cycle offered impressive and qualified Nashvillians with diverse backgrounds and previous contributions to Davidson County. The mayoral candidates were Megan Barry, Charles Bone, David Fox, Bill Freeman, Howard Gentry, Jeremy Kane and Linda Rebrovick. The votes on August 6, 2015 concluded that Megan Barry and David Fox would participate in a run-off on September 10, 2015 to determine Nashville’s next mayor.
The Super PAC
It is no surprise that a Super PAC would attempt to influence local elections throughout the Nation as this is now the norm in political life. And we all hear frequent stories of blurred lines between campaign coordination and the Federal Election Commission rules and regulations. For 2015, the Citizen Super PAC and David Fox campaign can be added to this list of campaigns to question.
Citizen Super PAC, based out of Texas, is primarily and financially sourced by George Fox, brother of David Fox, based out of Connecticut in support of his brother’s candidacy for Nashville Mayor. From the beginning of the election cycle questions have risen about the coordination of Citizen Super PAC to the Fox campaign. One would have to be naive not to notice the similarities of the two organizations. Whether it is the imaging of advertising space, repeated messaging of the words “liberal” and “conservative” and the effort to target Megan Barry as to “extreme” and “extremist” for the solid blue city of Nashville. The television spots are hard to distinguish without reading the disclosure at the bottom of the advertisement. Even the latest commercial with Mrs. Fox describing Megan Barry as extreme could easily be mistaken for a Citizen Super PAC endorsement.
Nashvillians know the history of testy and colorful politics, but this year’s mayoral election brings the ugliness of outsider influence of national party politics with the tag words of liberal, conservative, extremist among others. After the September 10th election, how would this work in the new mayor’s administration?
Would efforts be made to represent all Nashvillians, whether liberal or conservative, in this prosperous and diverse city? Would there be a working relationship with the metro council to address the challenges of Nashville’s growth? After all the 40-member metro council is the nation’s 3rd largest council behind New York City and Chicago. This localized neighborhood representation requires leadership skills to address concerns for specific areas of Nashville while balancing what is best for all of Nashville.
Let your voice be heard! If Citizen Super PAC, Texas and Connecticut can invest in the election of our next mayor, then we, as Nashvillians, should also let our voices be heard. Please exercise your right to vote in deciding Nashville’s future. Good luck to Ms. Barry and Mr. Fox and the ideas that You represent.
by Kenneth Bargers
a proud Nashvillian