Dean starts re-election campaign on opponent's backyard turf

Monday, March 28, 2011 at 6:59pm

Mayor Karl Dean’s re-election campaign is strategically placing campaign efforts in Madison, the part of town that happens to be the home turf of his opponent.

In a press release sent Monday, Dean announced the creation of a Madison steering committee that consists of 24 supporters in that area of town who have endorsed the mayor’s re-election bid. Notable members include state Sen. Joe Haynes, Rep. Mike Turner, Public Defender Dawn Deaner and Metro Councilman Jim Forkum.

Election Day is Aug 4.

Over the weekend, Dean held a “neighborhood gathering” in Madison, which featured re-election signs and other campaign paraphernalia. Dean’s Madison steering committee is the first of future neighborhood groups to be launched by the campaign. 

“I appreciate the support of the leadership in Madison and look forward to working with them throughout the campaign,” Dean said in a statement.

Dean’s primary opponent in his re-election bid is conservative Councilman Michael Craddock, who represents parts of Madison.

“I’m tickled that he’s finally paying attention to Madison,” Craddock said when asked for a comment. “He hasn’t [paid attention] in the four years he’s been in office, when he’s been the mayor and I’ve been the council member out there.”

Craddock, term-limited from his council seat, is kicking off his campaign Thursday with a barbeque at his house. 

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By: Shane Smiley on 3/28/11 at 9:29

Please Join Us for Barbecue to Kick-off

Michael Craddock for Mayor

Thursday, March 31, 2011

5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

4414 Brush Hill Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37216
Craddock Family Home

Come and hear from Michael at his home
and learn more about his vision for the future of Nashville.
A vision focused on the people of Nashville.
We can do better.

$100 *Suggested* Donation per couple

Follow Michael on Twitter
Paid for by Friends of Michael Craddock, Ernie Hickman, Treasurer

4414 Brush Hill Road | Nashville, TN 37216 US

By: Shane Smiley on 3/28/11 at 9:37

Everyone is welcome!
Stop by and show your support.
When was the last time an elected official opened the doors of his home to the average working man and woman of Nashville?
Michael Craddock is a man of the people and the voice of the people.

By: Kosh III on 3/29/11 at 7:36

"opened the doors of his home to the average working man and woman"

I didn't realize the average person would have the $100 suggested admission fee.

I don't care for either candidate although at least Craddock isn't fixated on downtown/Green Hills and West End.

By: Floyd2 on 3/29/11 at 8:56

Doesn't Craddock owe back taxes on that house? Or was that another property? He got busted during his miserable run for clerk for not paying his property taxes.There's a rumor going around that he's only running for mayor to raise money to pay off his debts. Having his campaign kickoff in the home that he owes taxes on is very symbolic.

By: racer84 on 3/29/11 at 8:59

Kosh - Take notes of who is "Hosting" Karl Dean's campaign fundraisers.

Then take note that each and every one recieves MILLIONS in taxpayer funded projects in return.

That's well documented truth and shows the true colors of Dean.

Many may choose to ignore those facts but all the reasons why the lower and middle class and has gotten killed under his regime.

Someone should do a taxpayer funded study, or form a task force to study that and report back.

And lastly, I can't afford the $100 suggested admission fee either but I bet I can post a picture Thursday night of my BBQ sandwhich at Craddocks house. He won't turn anyone away. I bet dean will.

By: yucchhii on 3/29/11 at 9:12

Of course, $$$ plays a big part of comming to a party for a politician! It's for the working man who "CAN'T afford the $$$ to come. What is CRADDOCK going to do to show me he's NOT as bad as karl DINK? How is he going to convince me that he isn't there for the $$$? How will he convince me that he will ACTUALLY HELP THE HOMELESS INSTEAD OF MAKING THINGS WORSE?

By: spooky24 on 3/29/11 at 9:46

I knew what the city was getting with Dean however, he has surprised me in many ways. He is far the left politician with a sense of importance of himself. Through crafty political maneuvers he has silenced media critics and now has a loyal band of brawling donkeys and spineless toady's to protect his undoubted love for himself. This is cleverly balanced with popular policy, such as his strong support for Police and Fire departments, along the lines of a conservative. Without a personal total meltdown he will be impossible to beat for a second term.


By: Shane Smiley on 3/29/11 at 11:53

The spin masters have been hard at work this morning.
Some how, you have taken an open invitation to a mans house, and turned it into a money and tax thing.

Lets start with the money issue: Yes, like any campaign kick off, fund raiser, Money is an objective.
It costs money to print yard signs and run a campaign. Michael is not independently wealthy, His wife hasn't written him a large check as seed money.

Tax's. From time to time, hell, all the time, Bad things happen to good people.
I'm sure if you ask Michael, he will tell you what happened and how he is resolving the issue.

Let me ask you this,
How many of you have gotten behind at some point?
How many are struggling to make ends meet today?
Real people. With real issues. Real concerns. Real bills to pay every month.
In my opinion, Real people's issues are what this election is all about.

I want a man making decisions effecting me to know where I am coming from.
I want my decision makers to understand the feeling of having to delay paying a bill to have food on the table for the family.
I want decision makers that understand budgeting a household based on a tight margin.
I want a man like Michael Craddock in the Mayors office. A man who understands what it's like to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. A man who understands bad times, tough times, and the great feeling and relief of fighting back the wolves.

Karl Dean can not offer this to the City of Nashville. I do not want pity from my Mayor, I want compassion and understanding.
Dean does not live in the world of making ends meet for the good of the family. Therefore, he can not truly understand our struggles.
Michael Craddock. A man of the people.

By: n_massey on 3/29/11 at 12:16

Paying attention?
Karl Dean has been front and center in Madison since the day he took office.
We have him to thank for all the support that he has given to the following;
Peeler Park, Amqui Station, Madison Middle School, The Livability Study 04/02/11,
Community Garden, Neely's Bend Road Extension, Flood Relief Center, ongoing revitalization of Madison and last but not least, Madison will be opening it's new Police PRECINCT January 2012. Karl Dean has not been just a Mayor of Nashville, he has been a friend to Madison. He has been present at numerous events in our community listening and learning our needs. He has partnered with community leaders to achieve our goals. We look forward to the next four years.

By: pronashville on 3/29/11 at 2:41

n massey, every one knows that you are Nathan and that you got a very hefty electrical contract from the city on the stadium. And you don't live anywhere near Madison.
I have lived in Madison all of my adfult life and I can tell you first hand that Craddock has done more for this community in the last 8 years than any councilman we have ever had.

Karl Dean is a joke!

By: Community-carl-... on 3/29/11 at 5:33

Shane Smiley (above) has hit the nail on the head! ...My sentiments exactly.

Michael Craddock isn't perfect, but I'll take him over Karl Dean any day. Unlike Dean, who has enjoyed a life of privilige, Michael is a regular guy who knows and understands the struggles of middle class citizens like you and me. Michael can count on my vote.

By: Kosh III on 3/30/11 at 6:01

"We have him to thank for all the support that he has given to the following;
Peeler Park, Amqui Station, Madison Middle School, The Livability Study 04/02/11,
Community Garden, Neely's Bend Road Extension, Flood Relief Center, "

Not quite.

Peeler Park: opened in the last months of Purcell's administration. Councillor Forkum was the moving force behind the park. The park opened with one section unfinished. Forkum tried to get Dean to fund the completion. It never happened. Forum finally got a private donor to pay for completing the park.
It took 60,000 fo finish, Dean claimed we didn't have the money BUT Dean could scrape up half a million to pay for extra cops and security for the Obama/MCain debate at Belmont.
Being a "world-class city" with a good reputation is more important than benefitting the average citizen.

Neelys Bend Road, begun under Purcell not Dean.

Flood relief? Not ONE house in Madison was offered a buy out even though several neighborhoods, (including mine) were hit badly, and most folks did not have flood insurance. There were NO emergency shelters available anywhere north of I-40. The Salvation Army finally got some assistance going after several days.

The others I can't address as I don't know enough.

Just for clarity: I did vote for Dean the first time, I am not thrilled with Craddock's retrograde social views.

By: Paul on 3/30/11 at 6:52

I'm not supporting either candidate, so let me get that out of the way first.

Why does the newspaper describe Craddock as "conservative," but doesn't call Dean a "liberal?" Is the City Paper assuming liberal is the default position, or is is just trying to be friendly to Dean?

Dean hasn't done much about crime. He seemed to be afraid of Ronal Serpas, who did nothing to fight crime. We now know increased on his watch. Dean only endorsed the audit of crime stats AFTER the TV reports and others called for the audit. Dean doesn't demand accountability from anyone.

It would be nice if we had several good candidates running this year.

By: MAmom on 3/30/11 at 6:57

Not surprised to see Sen. Joe Haynes on the list of people supporting Dean.

He and Dean have a cozy relationship. Haynes is one of the people helping Dean take the Fairgrounds property away from the people of Davidson County.

Dean and company can't find comparable property to move Fairgrounds activities to in Davidson County. So back in January Joe Haynes introduced the bill to "allow" the State Fair to move OUT of Davidson County. He is part of the State Fair Association which has made the LOWEST bid for the State Fair - that Karl Dean's Fair Board will almost certainly give the bid to (even though there are two other higher bids to host the Fair).

By: Moonglow1 on 3/30/11 at 7:02

Moonglow1: Karl Dean is a sane politician. He is one of the few in TN that is not championing nonsense like creationism & long form birth certificates (Mae Beavers). Thank goodness our Mayor is educated & can represent TN to attract business to our state. He will not be ridiculed in the national media like most of our politicians. He is also a champion of improving the health of Tennessee. Re-elect Karl Dean: a politician with a brain.

By: MAmom on 3/30/11 at 7:13

Michael Craddock has represented the people of his district and Nashville well over the past several years! Craddock opposed Dean on the convention center gamble (& all the accompanying debt that came with it). He is also one of the Councilmen who has been working to save the Fairgrounds for the people of Davidson County.

If you have ever spoken to Michael Craddock, you know he is a smart man & true Nashvillian who has been doing his best to protect Nashville from Dean, Riebeling, etal.


Dean likes to go for safe venues and media events in front of "friendly" audiences - it will be interesting to see whether Dean tries to weasel out of a debate. I expect Dean to weasel (per usual).

By: Community-carl-... on 3/30/11 at 7:33

Moonglow, I disagree with your assessment of Dean on most counts, however, I agree that he is a politician with a brain: A sneaky, conniving, self-serving, dishonest brain inhabited by an oversized and evil ego. In case you haven't guessed, I don't like Dean or the way he operates. As a retired Metro employee, I have personally been subjected to the evil and underhanded ways he and his administration operate......cronism, nepotism, and under-the-table deals are a way of life in Dean's administration. I'm an honorable person, and my last working years were miserable because of what my colleagues and I were subjected to.

Dean is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He is far more interested in the wants and needs of his Green Hills, Brentwood, and Belle Meade buddies than in the Mr. and Mrs. Ordinary Citizen types residing in the middle and lesser privilged areas of Nashville.

Michael Craddock is a more straightforward person who watches out for the "regular people" in Nashville. A vote for Michael is a vote against Dean and his evil ways. I'm voting for Michael Craddock.

Make Dean a one-term for Michael Craddock.

By: bubbashebba on 3/30/11 at 8:52

Michael Craddock watches out for the" regular people". What a joke. I guess those "regular people" live in places other than Madison. Try getting Councilman Craddock on the telephone or having your e-mail responded to. Try to get the "regular people" Councilman to do something about all the trash thrown on everyone's lawns in Madison. Interesting that Councilman Craddock was very vocal about the "racetrack" and Fairgrounds. Unless I missed something, neither are in Madison.

By: Community-carl-... on 3/30/11 at 9:20

In response to 'bubbashebba" -

Your wildly generalized comment, "Try to get the 'regular people' Councilman to do something about all the trash thrown on everyone's lawns in Madison" smacks, among other things, of pettiness and lack of personal responsibility on your part. If it's in your own lawn, just shut up and go pick it up.....if it is in your neighbor's yard, offer to help. You sound like an ultra-liberal who wants to blame everyone else for your own lack of motivation and laziness. Frankly, if the attitude that I am detecting on your part is habitual, I don't blame Michael Craddock for not wasting his time by responding to you.

And regardiing your comment about Michael Craddock's vocal (support) of the Fairgrounds and Racetrack, it just affirms my point that he stands up for what the "regular people" want rather than going along with Dean's self-serving "under the table deals" for his rich and well connected cronies and friends.

I rest my case.

By: Kosh III on 3/30/11 at 10:23

Mr Craddock always replies to my (infrequent) emails, even with only an acknowledgement.

As to trash, whatever happened to community spirit and service. Go pick it up yourself or join the local Beautification group. Just last night at the park I often visit, I spent 20 minutes picking up trash off the parking lot. Mostly cigarette filters with the occasional beer bottle or plastic wrapper.

By: BigPapa on 3/30/11 at 10:33

Does anyone here REALLY believe that Craddock will beat Dean.. Cmon.. aint happenin'.

By: Community-carl-... on 3/30/11 at 1:03

BigPapa, a lot more people are upset and unhappy with Dean than you might realize. He makes a great first impression, but after we've had a chance to see how he operates publicly and behind the scenes, his intentions and character seem to be far less honorable than we first perceived. It is very clear to me that his oversized ego regards the mayorship of Nashville as merely a stepping stone to grandiose higher aspirations. We Nashvillians are but pawns in his gameplan for his life. Mark my words, a time will come when we rue the day we elected him.
The sooner he is gone, the better.

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