Dominy, Duvall fire back at Dean on involvement in council races

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 5:09pm

Two Antioch-area Metro Council members — both among the council’s most outspoken conservatives — must overcome opposition form Mayor Karl Dean to win re-election.

Dean, who popped up yesterday in a campaign mailer for District 24 candidate Sarah Lodge Tally, is also featured on mail-pieces for District 28 candidate Tanaka Vercher and District 33 candidate Page Turner.

Vercher is running against Councilman Duane Dominy. Turner is challenging Councilman Robert Duvall. Dominy and Duvall are two of Dean’s most vocal critics, especially on the mayor’s thwarted attempt to redevelop the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

The separate ads, identical in style and language (see Turner ad here and Vercher ad here), feature photos of Dean with the respective candidates. “Karl Dean is making progress in our neighborhood,” the mail-pieces read.

Duvall called the Turner-Dean mailer “nothing but a political hack-job” and said it mischaracterizes events in Antioch. “It’s a political lie. It’s a misrepresentation of the truth,” he said.

Both pieces say Dean and the respective candidates — Turner and Vercher — would work together to bring a Nashville State Community College campus to Antioch; fund a new fire station on Hobson Pike; expand the Mill Creek Greenway; install new stop signs on Apollo Drive to curb speeding; expand public transit; and bring a new library, community center and park to Antioch.

Most of these projects are already in the works — though the community center, library and park are still on hold.

“Page Turner had absolutely nothing to do with any of the events in that flyer,” Duvall said. “Let’s just zero in on that fire hall. [Councilman] Sam Coleman deserves all of the credit for that fire hall — not Robert Duvall. For them to even indicate that Page had anything to do with it is ridiculous.”

Duvall credited the new Apollo Drive stop signs to Dominy, his colleague. He said the stops signs are not even within District 33. Still, Duvall suggested Dean’s involvement could make his council race more difficult.

“He’s our mayor,” Duvall said. “People look up to him, you know? And I don’t blame people for looking up to him. So, anytime the mayor gets involved and endorses somebody, people are going to look at that individual.”

Dominy also took exception with the mail-piece’s mention of new stop signs on Apollo Drive.

“He takes credit for getting stop signs on Apollo Drive, and I can assure you he was not at any of the meetings,” Dominy said.

“It appears to me he’s trying to take credit for doing things in Antioch when he hasn’t really done a lot in Antioch,” Dominy added.

But Dominy indicated he could actually benefit from Dean’s involvement.

“I had a formerly elected official comment yesterday that in my race, it may be helpful,” Dominy said, adding that a number of constituents have called him about the ad.

Dean re-election spokesman Tom Hayden said the mayor’s involvement in council races is about putting independent thinkers on the council.

“It’s important that we continue to elect independent-thinking leaders that want to move our city forward and continue the progress we’ve made,” Hayden said. 

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21 Comments on this post:

By: PKVol on 7/21/11 at 3:53

"Dean re-election spokesman Tom Hayden said the mayor’s involvement in council races is about putting independent thinkers on the council."

Since when did the definition of 'independent' change to:

Independent - adj. - characterized by getting approval from a leader (mayor) who wants to push his agenda by stacking a legislative body (Metro Council) with people with no ability to think for herself (herself is used here since, at this time, the leader has shown endoresments towards only council candidates of the female gender).

It is really amazing at the lengths this guy will go to to try and pack the council with his people. And people have the nerve to complain about the referendum creating a special exemption for the fairgrounds over other pieces of metro-owned property. It is because of Dean that this referendum is needed.

By: JayBee56 on 7/21/11 at 5:46

Mr. Dean's campaign team is out of line on this. They are guilty of "me too"-itis, negating the work the council members have done on behalf of their constituents and making it appear that Mr. Dean was responsible for it all. This is just a small indication of the tactics that will be used with the fairgrounds, the baseball stadium, and other things Mr. Dean desires to push through in a second term - just more of what we have already seen. If these challengers cannot stand on their own two feet, they will not be independent voices on the council. Rather, they will owe their positions to the help of Mr. Dean and that fact will taint every decision they would make on council. Are they running to represent Mr. Dean and his agenda or are they running to represent their constituents? You have a choice in your mayoral vote.

By: bfra on 7/21/11 at 6:22

This is just another reason for any logical person to vote "Against Dean"! How many more underhanded tricks will he pull to have his own way, on every decision made. He has already been spending taxpayer's money like his own.


By: racer84 on 7/21/11 at 7:47

Well if there was any question whatsoever left as to whether Karl Dean and his campaign mgr Tom Hayden will tell blatent lies to get elected ......that just went out the window with the entire "Dean wants independent thinkers on council".

I hope they enjoy they enjoy this heat

By: cowboytim98 on 7/21/11 at 11:59

Kudos to Dominy and Duvall for standing up to falsehoods. I don't care one bit for Dean's games and lying. His flavor of political gamesmanship is NOT contributing to this city moving forward, despite his slick ads and carefully-managed image.

By: on 7/22/11 at 5:37

I think Karl Dean has done a great job for Nashville and I would like to know who he is supporting for council so that I can vote for them.

Tom Fuqua

By: bfra on 7/22/11 at 5:59

tafjr19 - So, you are in favor of crooked politics!

By: gdiafante on 7/22/11 at 6:43

Loved Duvall in The Godfather.

By: govskeptic on 7/22/11 at 6:49

Biggest joke of all is that Mayor is interested in: "Independent thinkers", truly
a laugh out loud if you know what's happening at all. Also note both these
fliers put out a few promises on what the area will receive from taxpayers if
the Mayor and that supporting Council member are elected to office. These
prizes are in excess of the "Fish Sandwich" offered by another candidate along
with your free ride. What percentage of voters are gullible to these type
promises or silly endorsements?

By: Community-carl-... on 7/22/11 at 6:58

This latest revelation RE: Dean's involvement in the Metro Council races is further evidence of how far ranging and large his political machinery is. He's certainly not looking for "Independent Thinkers" either..........He's just attempting to buy "Rubber Stamps" to further the self-serving goals of himself and his wealthy, well-connected cronies. Oh, if only the masses of blind sheep would wake up and see him for the wolf he is.

I'm voting for Keeton.

By: bfra on 7/22/11 at 7:02

Community-carl - You nailed Dean to a tee! But then, we have voters that voted for Bush twice, so go figure. If only they would see Dean for what he is & think for themselves, instead of being swayed by his bs.

By: howelln on 7/22/11 at 7:35

I have been voting for 40 years and I have never received a mailing like the one I received in the 24th district yesterday. It really is appalling. It not only make me glad I had already voted for Holleman, it make me wish I had not voted for Dean.

By: bfra on 7/22/11 at 7:41

howelln - Just curious, WHY did you vote for Dean?

By: on 7/22/11 at 7:43

Dean seems to be going down the road of Al Gore. Looking down the road to bigger and better things. He's probably been told repeatedly that he is the next governor or senator from Tennessee. The problem is that if you can't carry your home turf because they know what you are really like, when you have some real competition you get a lesson on how popular you really are. Gore had a much stronger political base than Dean would ever have. His daddy's machine and contacts and name recognition, a state that at that time early in his career was strongly leaning Democratic plus all the Democrats that were in power in the state at that time. He still couldn't win on his own ticket later on in 2000. My prediction is when faced with real challengers statewide he will get a real lesson in humble pie. Those handlers telling you how great you are, really have only one vote. We're stuck with him for four more years but after that it will end.

By: bfra on 7/22/11 at 8:00

judy - I think that is one of the problems. People think, oh Dean is going to win and vote for him. I just don't understand why, after all the underhanded, backstabbing capers he & his cohorts have pulled.

By: cityjvtao on 7/22/11 at 11:48

Dean will win the next election as he should. He is good for Nashville, a progressive thinker, educated, with a sharp legal mind and best suited to lead this city forward. Then it’s on to the governor’s mansion. I only regret he could not have gotten rid of that eyesore known as the state fairgrounds. Most Nashvillians don’t want the expense of the fairgrounds and its associated race track. The fairgrounds area is blighted and should be removed. If race fans want to see world class racing they will go to the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Music City’s home for real NASCAR action since 2001.

By: bfra on 7/22/11 at 12:14

cityjvtao - King Karl will go down ranked below Boner as a mayor. As for the Fairgrounds, guess the vote will tell how Nashvillians feel about it. So if you are on Karl's dole for rooting for him, you failed!

By: kamaliman87 on 7/22/11 at 2:17

Dean your a failure, we only see you in the media's spotlight when it's election time. IF you do get elected, I give it a week and you will be hiding behind your office desk in daylight, and at night hiding behind the arms your rich goonie friends and family, we need someone for the peoples interest, I'm voting Marvin Barnes, the media doesn't help him, but I've known about his meetings with chamber of commerce and radio interviews, etc. You better believe Dean has help with the local media, because the other candidates are out there in the communities, it's just not televised.

By: TRHJR on 7/22/11 at 2:32

hey barf i voted for bush twice what about it ? this thing they call a president now what a joke

By: bfra on 7/22/11 at 3:46

TRHJR - A lot of people that can't READ voted for Bush twice!

By: san r on 7/23/11 at 6:49

i am very proud to say that i DID NOT vote for karl dean.
i was, totally, opposed to the risks involved in building a brand new convention center in the midst of a recession, especially with the city already blessed to have the use of gaylord opryland cc as well as a not-out-of-date downtown cc. i watched and listened on channel three as the council sought answers or pretended to seek answers from the panel of so-called convention center experts. i was over-whelmed by the gullibility of council to buy into the mcc deal. my comments to the tennessean were so boldly opposing that i became the first commenter to be denied "freedom of speech" by Gannett.. i just could not stand idly by and see nashville "suckered" into dean's fantasy filled world. i have made some awful bad financial moves that catapulted me into financial bondage. i cursed my own self and now i feel like i'm cursed TWICE by so-called leaders who only care about padding their pockets and greasing each others' palms.

i've had the pleasure of meeting James Keeton and his lovely wife. if we all get on board mr. keeton's train, we can, perhaps, cleanse this city and bring healing to our land.