Thursday, July 3, 2008
The Battle of East Nashville
by Matt Pulle
on Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 2:46 PM
between the two of them. In one corner: a well-heeled corporate attorney, who helps big businesses pay less taxes. In the other: a young consumer-affairs advocate for the state.
With the release of the campaign finance reports, Stewart shows a massive advantage, aided largely by his well-connected (and arguably insidious) law firm. But I wouldn't write off Stansell just yet. At least he has the support of the unions who can play a big role in an election like this.
Wait a sec—the unions are supporting
the corporate guy? Could the distinction between Stansell and Stewart be more subtle than we think? Or is local labor back to its old gutless self now that Don Driscoll has left the building?
Outside of a few more signs here and there, I don't know that Stansell has a lot going for him. But at the very least, he may force his opponent to whine and squirm on election night. That would be a good thing for everyone involved. Humility in politics is a good thing. A neophyte like Stewart, with questionable Democratic credentials, shouldn't be allowed to coast to an easy election. Right?
Anyhow, on Saturday, July 5, the two of them will debate the core issues facing the state (the insanely rich versus wetlands protection?). And while I don't expect the legacy of Lincoln and Douglas to be threatened, your loyal Pith emissary will be there taking notes.
Go to the jump for more information about the showdown.
You are invited to the Tennessee House District 52 candidate's debate. This is the only scheduled debate.
Many important issues will be put before the legislature in the next session on topics such as these:
Tax Reform Immigration Healthcare Environment
Death Penalty Living Wage Constitutional Amendments
Predatory Lending Public Finance of Elections Education
This is your chance to be heard and hear the candidates.
You can register to vote, meet the candidates, hear their response to the hot questions of the day, and meet other active neighbors.
DEBATE District 52 Representative Seat
(zip codes 37206, 37216, 37204, 37215)
Saturday July 5, 2008
Doors open 9:15, debate to start promptly at 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 11:00 AM
East Police Precinct, 396 East Trinity Lane
For further information call 226-7546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A month ago it looked like Eric Stansell had no chance to upset Mike Stewart for one simple reason: For every 20 yard signs in East Nashville for Stewart, there was only one for Stansell. (Chuck Todd, watch out. I'm gunning for you with my tight analysis.)
Now, though, Stansell is slowly starting to catch up in the battle of the signage. He also seems a little more eager to jab at the favorite and set up a nice