Tongues were wagging last week over a Nashville Banner profile of state Democratic Party chairman Will T. Cheek. The consensus was that the profile did nothing good for Cheek or for the party. If it helped anybody, it helped the Republicans.
The Cheek profile was part of a two-part series on Cheek and Republican Party chairman Randle Richardson by Banner political reporters Kriste Goad and Ed Cromer. While Richardson is a bit on the unexciting side, Cheek is flowery, colorful and fun.
The Cheek profile definitely gave the reader that sense of the man. It was also full of everything that would cause down-on-their-luck Democrats and rank-and-file members of the party to blush. At one point in the story, for instance, Goad describes riding with Cheek as he drives through rush-hour morning traffic. Cheek comments that he’s not used to being in such traffic, because at that time of day he’s usually swimming laps and sitting in his hot tub.
It’s not what you want your working-class Democrats to hear from their leader.
Altogether, the piece presented a picture of a state Democratic Party chairman who could best be described as a rich hippie or a trust-fund liberal. It was not a picture of a man in touch with his constituency. One Democratic source said Democrats in the state Legislature, many of whom are rural and conservative, were livid.
Don versus Phil
The ongoing drama between Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist over the Houston Oilers deal climbed to unimaginably bizarre heights this week. To recap: The Tennessean reported last week that the state’s total contributions to an Oilers team moving to Nashville would be nothing like the $50 million-or-so that city officials had wanted.
Sundquist then went public, explaining why. He said that no stadium in the state had received state funds before and that he had to treat Nashville like any other city. Meanwhile, Bredesen began establishing communications with the Democrats in the Legislature. He also told reporters that Sundquist had not winced when told of the millions that might be required by the state to get the Oilers to come here.
As if things weren’t delicate enough already, Sundquist then aligned himself in the pro-sports hysteria grab-fest with Bredesen foe and Sounds owner Larry Schmittou. Sundquist stood by Schmittou’s side as the minor-league promoter announced a series of major-league exhibition games to be played at Greer Stadium this spring.
Last week this column predicted the state would start making trouble, but we still thought Council would vote in favor of some preliminary funding at a special meeting Oct. 10.
We are revising our predictions downward. If the deal were a publicly traded security, we’d say “HOLD.”
God bless you all.
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