Where have all the good times gone? We all know that politics is no Sunday afternoon in the park, but a recent eruption of fireworks in a Nashville state House race has a few politicos on fire.
This story is a little dated, but I figure it’s better to hear about it later than not at all. (Besides, I don’t feel tardy.) Congressional candidate David Hall, who won in a crowded GOP primary the chance to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and eight independent candidates, has a son (also a Republican) in politics as well. His name is Dymon Dave Hall, and he is seeking election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 50th District.
Everybody wants some kind of familiarity with the person they’re electing, which is probably why the Halls, pére et fils, were planning on running with the devil we know, rather than the one we don’t, and thus the name chosen for the ballot was Dave Hall. That caused Hall’s
Democratic independent opponent, Dave Rosenberg, to come a little unchained, so he sued. Now it’s all over but the shouting, as a chancery court judge issued a fair warning, and said that the full name (or the name used to file, which omitted the “Dave”) must appear on the ballot, or else a summons would ensue.
Meanwhile, another independent candidate, Nina Ground, and incumbent Rep. Gary Moore (D-Joelton) probably feel like lonely ships upon the water as they watch their two opponents light up the sky. The seat is one of several drawing a lot of “get out and push” in this year’s cycle.
So, when push comes to shove, will the Republicans (or Democrats) end up with a majority of 51? 50? Faced with a loss of control, the GOP will once again try to top Jimmy Naifeh, while Democrats jump at the chance to regain their edge. Whoever wins will surely dance the night away on November 2, as they wish the other side “happy trails.”
I’ll wait for your reactions.
(Updated to correct party affiliations and number of candidates.)