Dean's final campaign TV ad reminds viewers of historic flood

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 2:45pm

Mayor Karl Dean’s face never appears in his third and final television commercial, a production that instead defers to imagery reminding viewers of Nashville’s historic flood, accompanied by music from 1920s-era Delta blues legend Charley Patton.

Dubbed “High Water,” the commercial allows Dean to remind Nashvillians of one of his greatest first-term challenges — navigating Metro through a 1,000-year flood — without overstating the mayor’s role.

The commercial, which lacks any narration, shows images of children holding up drawings that encapsulate Nashville’s record flood that occurred during the first May weekend of 2010. From there, the following statements pop up:  

“’High Water Everywhere,’” Charley Patton, 1929.” 

“1,400 rescued from the floodwaters.”

“Heroic emergency workers.”

“20,000 volunteers.”

“Thank you, Nashville,” the commercial concludes, with Dean overlooking a lake with two young children.

Dean’s election challengers are Marvin Barnes, Bruce Casper and James Keeton. 

7 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 7/20/11 at 1:31

What did that over blown egotistical guy do during the flood? Emergency workers and the public were the ones I saw working & helping. All I ever heard about Dean was the "party" he attended. Vote for James Keeton! He has the reputation of being a fairminded, very good business man & he definitely couldn't be any worse than Dean

I cast my vote for Keeton yesterday & FOR the Fairgrounds.

By: 5 Fingers on 7/20/11 at 2:13

Poor Ronnie is on his own:

By: JeffF on 7/20/11 at 4:15

Hey Dean, didn't I see you at the Jimmy Buffett concert while the flooding was going on?

By: bfra on 7/21/11 at 8:27

I didn't see him at the Buffett concert (party), I was helping flood victims, but I have heard a lot of people say that he was there. Maybe he thought the place was going to flood! NOT

By: JeffF on 7/21/11 at 9:50

He actually got up and talked to the crowd.

By: pswindle on 7/21/11 at 10:24

I'm sure the people of Nashville do not need someone like Dean to remind them about the fllood.

By: JayBee56 on 7/21/11 at 7:12

While not as devastating as the flood, I'd like to know what Mr. Dean would suggest to avoid what happened on the evening of February 9th of this year. You may not remember the date, but I remember I didn't get home from work until 11 p.m. That was the day of the heavy snowfall and the city was gridlocked FOR HOURS. Across the city, there was lost productivity, wasted gas, multiple accidents, families separated, etc. Does his administration have ANYTHING in their quiver of ideas on how to lessen the brunt of ice and snow so that the city does not come to a complete standstill? Anything that's concrete and remotely possible to accomplish? We need some "out of the box" thinking, not more of the same - and certainly not more excuses or "vaporware" solutions.. James Keeton