Weekly Obsession: Still in the silly season

Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 7:00pm

One of the byproducts of a large Metro Council with all its elections at the same time is that often races get overlooked.

Most of Nashville doesn’t know a Carl Burch from a Jim Forkum. And because Metro’s legislative power is spread thinner than that of many state Senates, sometimes our council folks get a little grabby with the headlines. (That’s what led Mayor Beverly Briley to famously describe the body with a sobriquet unfit for a family publication.)

For now, the bulk of the council races are behind us. The at-large members stayed firmly ensconced in their seats, preventing a countywide runoff. And that means all the attention is distilled down to the district races, where no candidate reached that magical 50-percent-plus-one number.

And maybe those races were worthy of attention all along.

There was a feeling in the last days of election season that District 5 would be one to watch. The once and perhaps future Councilwoman Pam Murray getting into hot oil with her promise of fried fish sandwiches in exchange for a ride to the polls. The all-too-common accusations of sign-stealing — in this case accompanied by allegedly incriminating photographs of her opponent, Scott Davis — seemed to conveniently always come with coverage from WSMV-Channel 4. Oddly, Murray didn’t seem to take a shine to Snowbird’s colleagues’ journalism. On election night, she told a WSMV-Channel 4 reporter she wouldn’t be interviewed because the station had “done her wrong.”

With the outcome of the Davis-Murray battle still pending, the stories from the east side will continue.

The story down in Antioch’s District 33 before Aug. 4 was a Karl Dean-backed candidate, Page Turner, challenging one of the council’s strongest conservative voices, Robert Duvall. Since then, Turner accused Duvall supporters of calling her Dean’s “black Charlie’s Angel” and a word even more offensive than Briley’s famous council description. Duvall characterized the accusation as “a bunch of crap.”

There are three other runoffs in the offing Sept. 15 — in Districts 4, 6 and 13. So far, those have yet to produce much in the way of copy, but there’s plenty of time.

The silly season has a way of getting sillier as the focus narrows. 

2 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 8/15/11 at 6:45

"And maybe those races were worthy of attention all along."

Maybe it would have gotten the attention it deserved it you MEDIA folks had not obsessed over one or two races and totally ignored the other districts--even when several of us repeated asked for some coverage.

By: budlight on 8/15/11 at 12:32

If anyone hears my prayer, please do not let Paige Turner and her drama team rule Antioch for the next 4 to 8 years. Get over it Ms. Turner. Rumor has it that you and some of your lady friends dubbed yourselves as Antioch's Charlies Angels. No one but you dreamed up the "black Charlie's Angel" thing. And if someone called you a name, get over it. If you are elected as a council person, which I hope you are not, then many people over the next few years will call you many things - some much worse than this article presents. Grow up; grow a pair and just ignore the gossip. After all, didn't you say it was all hearsay?