Banks attends council meeting, leaves early without addressing last week's arrest

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:56am

After five days of public silence following his arrest for patronizing prostitution, Metro Councilman Brady Banks showed up at Tuesday’s council meeting but managed to leave without speaking to media.

In doing so, the 33-year-old, first-term councilman –– who hasn’t talked publicly in the aftermath of his arrest –– confused some council members and Metro officials who witnessed the move. Some weren’t aware Banks had been in the chambers.

“I didn’t know until the cameras were gone that he was even in the room,” At-large Councilman Ronnie Steine said.

“I wouldn’t presume to know what’s in his mind at the moment,” he added.

A few minutes into Tuesday’s meeting, Banks quietly walked into the council chambers and took a seat at his District 4 council desk. He tended to paperwork and watched as the council approved mundane, non-contentious legislation on zoning and other matters.

He was there 15 minutes.

With reporters distracted on the council’s discussion of resolution calling for the resignation of embattled Davidson County Clerk John Arriola, Banks walked outside the door he had arrived through.

Aware of Banks’ departure, members of the media sought out the South Nashville councilman, but Banks managed to exit without saying a word to reporters, leaving open the question of his intentions: continue serving on the council or step down.

Banks’ court appearance is set for March 6.

Intentional or not, Banks’ exit allowed him to avoid weighing in on a nonbinding memorializing resolution that called for the resignation of another elected official, Arriola. That measure passed.

But Banks’ exit, more than anything, created confusion. Attending Tuesday’s council meeting seemed to signal an intention to keep his council seat. But council members weren’t sure why he departed early. Perhaps he wasn’t ready to face the cameras, many concluded, or he wanted to keep his perfect-attendance council-meeting streak in tact.

Asked about Banks’ brief attendance Tuesday, Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors, who presides over the council, wouldn’t speculate.

“Right now, my thoughts are with his wife and his family,” Neighbors said. “I really am trying to give them the space to work through this and make the decisions that they need to make.”

“I think he’s got a lot of decisions to make,” she said when asked if Banks should issue a public comment on his arrest.

The only council member who appeared to communicate with Banks on Tuesday was At-large Councilwoman Megan Barry, who extended a hug to him during the meeting.

“I wanted him to know that I was thinking about him and his family, and I wanted him to know that I’m here to help if there’s anything I can do,” Barry said. “I don’t condone what he did, but I believe that he and his family need support and love right now.”

16 Comments on this post:

By: Shane Smiley on 2/22/12 at 2:41

Both Banks and Arriola need to go. It is high time our elected officials start to act like the pillars of the community they were elected to be.
I understand people make mistakes. If you make the mistakes these two have made, they need to be fired.
How can banks act in the best interest of the community when he can not even keep his own life in check. Brady, Do the right thing. Resign your post on the council and focus on rebuilding your family.
Arriola, you have been caught cheating the people you were elected to serve. Time for you to step down.

We, the citizens of Davidson County should demand more from our elected officials. We can start by sending letters to the Mayor mayor@nashville.gov and Council http://www.nashville.gov/council/feedback.aspx and demand these two officials are removed from office immediately.

By: spooky24 on 2/22/12 at 4:15

I see no reason for Arriola to resign unless a grand jury indites him on some crime in his office. These witch hunts really need to stop as you disagree with Herr Dean he sends the media after you-and they are more than happy to cooperate.
These soliciting cases are always dropped-mainly since they have little chance in court because it's obvious entrapment. However they are effective in some small ways in deterring some people from making a really stupid decision.
If they are going to drop the charges then he should stay-his only mistake being overly stupid. If they want to push it he needs to resign.
On the other hand I, in his situation, would demand a jury trial and force Detective Rice to take the stand and testify-she plays the role of slut to perfection.

sp

By: yogiman on 2/22/12 at 6:17

I can see Arriola being accused of taking advantage of his public position by charging the people for wedding them.

Banks private life has nothing to do with his public position and is none of the public's business. Did he use his public position when he solicited that professional cop whore?

If they don't like him personally, don't vote for him at the next election.

By: Ask01 on 2/22/12 at 8:50

Spooky24, your comment caused me to allow my mind to wander down numerous paths, all leading to mischief, I might add. One shady lane led to to wonder what would have happened if Councilman Banks had, after setting up the date, had called Metro police to inform them of an impending illicit sex trade, and asked them for back up.

What a hoot it would have been, Metro cops busting Metro cops, with any luck guns drawn on each other, both sides refusing to put down their guns unless shown proper ID. A scene truly deserving of inclusion in yet another Police Academy or Naked Gun sequel.

Unlikely, but I can dream can I not?

Wonder if that would have made the same splash as Councilman Banks arrest?

Say, spooky24, what is the backstory on your screen name? Just curious. Mine is derived from a call sign once assigned to a long deactivated flying squadron in Europe.

By: Ask01 on 2/22/12 at 8:56

Good post, yogiman.

i believe you are smart enough to realize, however, Banks will likely be hounded from one quarter or another until he cracks on one front or another.

I classify myself as being too cynical to believe good Christians will follow the teachings of the master, forgiving rendering aid to bring the lost sheep back to the fold.

I must admit though, I am very, very, cynical and disenchanted with the disparity between what people proclaim in worship services, but actually do outside the sanctuary door.

Just me, I suppose.

By: dargent7 on 2/22/12 at 9:05

Yogiman and Ask01: It goes to "Integrity". Banks has a Master's in Divinity from Harvard (!), and his wife's an assoc. pastor. He has a 2 month old.
Obama has "integrity". Newt Gingrich that you'll vote for in 2012? Has ZERO.
I don't care what his ideas are of fixing the USA, he's a piece of sh**.
And there's no fixing a piece of sh**.
I don't want him, and that whore wife of his, in the W.H.
A 6 year affair? You believe and vote for him.

By: BigPapa on 2/22/12 at 9:07

I'm far from a Puritan, but Banks should go. To pass laws and such for the public while breaking not just the law but his marriage vows and his supposed "faith" and worst of all... showing himself to be a complete idiot.

Both guys are scum and need to go.

By: Ask01 on 2/22/12 at 9:20

Actually, dargent7, I believe Councilman Banks used extremely bad judgement. We hear everyday you never really know who you are talking to on the internet, and he obviously never received the memo. Perhaps he is just too trusting, a lofty but dangerous trait in this age of personal responsibility seeming to mean every man for himself.

Whether there are problems at home, or he is just a horn dog as JFK is rumored to have been, he did display bad technique ordering sex online.

I'm afraid I agree, Mr. Gingrinch has zero integrity. The only way I'd vote for him, if he wins the nomination, is if the only other names on the ballot are Satan or Sundquist.

By: modern4life on 2/22/12 at 11:17

yogiman: "...don't vote for him at the next election."
Banks should resign and, if he chooses, run again in the future. When voters elected him last time, they did not have the information about his character they have now. It should not be Banks privilege to serve out his term.

By: hattrick3 on 2/22/12 at 12:10

Voters should have known something was up with Baker once the unions started supporting and promoting him. Is there a "Hookers Union". Now that I think about it, a union is very much like a pimp while the teamster is the same as the whore. The teamster/whore both work tough jobs so they can give a percentage of their pay to the union/pimp for protection. This whole Union supporting Baker thing makes sense now.

By: Eye Nose & Now ... on 2/22/12 at 12:47

A person is STUPID if they can not detect a police decoy prostitute. ALL other
real prostitues on the streets are NASTY, skinny (or fat), over the hill, run-down
etc. The police have, for years, used an attractive woman so it would seem to
be entrapment (?)

By: RTungsten on 2/22/12 at 4:09

Couple things:

1. I wonder if he had another appointment waiting for him?
2. Please tell me he was not there just to get a perfect attendance checkmark. That in itself is sad.

By: News4free on 2/22/12 at 5:02

Are we in grade school? "Perhaps ...or he wanted to keep his perfect-attendance council-meeting streak in tact."

I can't fault him for leaving. It would be very difficult to face the public after what has been reported about him. Maybe taking a page out of Ronnie Stein's book and resign. If you still have the stomach for public life after a period of time (what was it five years for Ronnie), run again and see how you do. In the meantime, get whatever help you might desire out of the light of being a public official, get a career going, and most importantly, do what is best for your family - they are the most important thing.

By: TimSkow on 2/23/12 at 7:29

Tim Skow

Mr Banks had no trouble knocking on neighborhood doors and asking for votes. Mr Banks was anxious to take Mayor Dean's $10,000+ of campaign & fundraising support -- and wanted to make sure the Press knew it came from Mayor Dean.

To those who wrote Mr. Banks a check... its time to make that phone call and tell him.. "COME OUT ... or .. GET OUT".. For a strategy of " duck & cover" -- with hopes of just riding out the storm -- is not going work.

No doubt, a recall effort is coming. And those who show up on to Mr. Banks campaign financial disclosure statements are going to get the "opportunity" to contribute again. Its just a matter of if they chose to contribute to the recall effort.. or to Mr. Banks again?

Their choice(s) to that question will show students in Nashville's Jr High and Highschools how local politics really works. Mayor Dean..and others..might as well get your check book ready. For if Mr. Banks tries to play "duck and cover" .. and tries drag this out ... you can bet you are going to get asked !

What a MOST interesting lesson in CIVICS and local politics Mr. Banks, Mayor Dean, the Press and others will be providing for the forseeable future. Lets make sure Nashville's teachers and school children do not to miss this "teaching opportunity".

By: yogiman on 2/23/12 at 3:23

Sorry, dargent7,

That little "incident" has nothing to do with his integrity. The only thing I can see it being a problem is his personality and his personal desire. The way he lives his life within terms of the laws is his business only.

So..., what section of its the sound sense of sanity does the police force have that shows they should advertise for a sexual meeting between one of their officers and a plain damned old civilian. How is that solicitation "protecting" the people?

Does that department need their money that bad?

By: yogiman on 2/23/12 at 3:34

BigPapa,

I'm not arguing the point on whether Banks should step down; yes, he should. He's lost all of his voters confidence. I doubt if they can see any integrity in him any more.

But I don't believe he should be arrested for soliciting a paid whore furnished by the police department.