Mayoral candidate Karl Dean just held a press conference at the Clement landport as part of an 11th-hour attempt to draw sharper distinctions between him and his opponent, Bob Clement. He used the barren concrete icon of wasteful pork spending ($4.6 million), for which Clement is responsible, as an example of what happens when ideas are not thoroughly vetted before public officials spend taxpayer dollars. Dean described Clement as someone who is "making promises from Bordeaux to Bellevue."
The gloves are finally coming off, in other words, in these last few days before Tuesday's election. Dean also will be running TV ads about his opponent's congressional record in the days leading up to Tuesday.
As a testament to how irrelevant and unnecessary the landport is to Nashville life—a point Dean was trying to make—several media outlets actually showed up at the wrong place for the press conference: namely, at the bus area by the downtown arena. (The Scene
arrived late but confirmed with campaign staff Dean's message.)