It’s just a minor detail, I suppose, but I couldn’t get out of any activists was which races would be targeted, or who would be running for any of them. I was told that some announcements would be coming later in the year. But here is what I did capture from the 2013 Kefauver Dinner in Chattanooga.
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann created a stir last week when his office published a postcard-styled message that “welcomed” President Barack Obama to Chattanooga with arms folded rather than outstretched. The fact that a draft version containing some unfortunate misspellings was attached to the release only excited the reactions, including a breathless rebuke by columnist Roy Exum that contained its own errant keystrokes (including an incorrectly transcribed version of the misspelled “Pensylvannia” from the postcard address).
Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson, a longtime Democratic Party activist, waited a couple of days before penning his own, sincere welcome to the president.
President Obama has chosen Chattanooga’s Amazon.com fulfillment center as the site from which to announce a jobs bargain he wishes to seek with GOP members of Congress.
Much chatter has been expelled about the reasons given by U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and Gov. Bill Haslam for not being in attendance at today’s festivities.
I can actually see the logic in avoiding spending at least a whole working day just to be in some photos, given the short notice and the domino of delays such a schedule change would trigger. But there is also merit in at least asking why an elected official wouldn’t drop everything to stand with the president as he visits one of your state’s most promising cities.
Still, I can accept the practical answer, provided it doesn’t come with snark. (UPDATE: A statement by Corker is gratifyingly snark-free.)
What I find more difficult to tolerate (without saying something) is the outright hatred and disrespect shown by many in the community towards the President of the United States. And here’s where honesty is part of the maturation process: there were moments during previous administrations where I might not have maintained an appropriate level of respect. So the full object of my consternation includes those missteps on my part.
And even though the time should and will come when we need to continue a good discussion with this president about Guantánamo, drones, the War on Drugs, Manning and Snowden, and more…for today, I gratefully welcome President Obama to Chattanooga, and I hope he is able to glimpse from his short visit what a true treasure the Scenic City is, despite some of the loud whining that threatens to embarrass us all.
And I hope the nation’s economy gets a boost either due to or in spite of whatever jobs plan gets implemented.
Here are the winners in Tuesday’s elections for Chattanooga City Council:
District 1 – Chip Henderson
District 2 – Jerry Mitchell
District 3 – Ken Smith
District 5 – Russell Gilbert
District 6 – Carol Berz
District 7 – Chris Anderson
District 8 – Moses Freeman
Three incumbents were unseated. Two others—Jack Benson in District 4 and Peter Murphy in District 9—weren’t able to reach a majority, so a runoff election will be held on April 9. It is theoretically possible that after it’s all over, only the two unopposed council members would remain. No matter the runoff outcome, a majority of the Council will be new when they are sworn in.
Surprising no one, Andy Berke handily won the mayoral race.
Voters approved by a wide margin a charter amendment that would remove “archaic provisions” among other updates.
Tracy tries to make it a Dunn deal: A day before the re-elected incumbent (U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais) was sworn into office for his second congressional term, state Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville officially announced his candidacy for the Fourth District seat. More from Cara Kumari.
Related: All known potential #TN04 candidates are listed here.
Winslow v. Saltsman, Fleischmann, and the Tennessee GOP: Mark Winslow, as the Tennessean points out, is a former state party employee. But he’s also the current State Executive Committeeman for District 19, and he has added his party to the lawsuit that alleges defamation, claiming that party officials surreptitiously availed Chip Saltsman of Winslow’s confidential records.
One of these guys needs to get rights to a clip of Sofia Vergara yelling “Manny!“ Chris Anderson and Karl Epperson, two of the District 7 candidates challenging Chattanooga City Councilman Manny Rico, each described to the Chamber of Commerce why he would be a better representative than the incumbent. Rico defended. More from James Harrison.