It’s a good thing the Titans drafted Jake Locker to be the team’s quarterback of the future. If not, there’s a reasonable chance Eric Crafton would’ve gone down to Baptist Sports Park to try out for the job.
Crafton, term-limited out of re-election as the District 22 councilman, is now running for council at-large. This follows his unsuccessful bid for Juvenile Court Clerk in 2010. And his unsuccessful bid to be Davidson County’s Administrator of Elections. And his brief spell as a potential challenger to Mayor Karl Dean. And his unofficial mulling of a school board run.
There really doesn’t seem to be a job in the city for which Crafton, best known for his ill-fated “English-first” proposal, feels unqualified. And in his latest race — as in many of his others — Crafton faces an uphill climb.
Never in the 48 years of Nashville’s metropolitan government has an at-large council member lost re-election. And in this set of five, it’s unclear from whom Crafton would siphon votes.
Not to put too fine a point on it, it’s hard to see someone who voted for, say, Megan Barry four years ago having such a dramatic change of heart as to shift to the Crafton camp.
But such odds won’t deter the utterly immovable Crafton.
Still, there’s something almost charming about it. The less cynical will note Crafton’s reputation in Bellevue for constituent services. And there still is some honor in seeking public office, despite what polls might suggest. After all, most voters actually want their candidates to want to hold office. In 2008, former fictional district attorney and nonfictional U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson demonstrated with great aplomb what happens when a candidate doesn’t seem so sure he wants to run.
So let others hem and haw about their political prospects and embrace the ubiquity of Crafton. Plus, if the council has its way, David Torrence may be on the outs as Criminal Court Clerk. We’ve got an early line on a candidate for that job.