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How will Eric Crafton, that grandstanding goofball par excellence, be remembered in the annals of Nashville political history? His lasting legacy isn't English Only, a completely forgettable idea. Instead, it's the valuable lesson he has taught rapscallions and scofflaws everywhere about how to dodge those pesky election campaign finance disclosure laws. The Crafton strategy? Just say no.
Crafton didn't turn in his last disclosure, claiming bizarrely that his contributors might face harassment presumably from all those menacing liberal do-gooders who opposed English Only. As punishment for blatantly breaking the state's most important campaign ethics law, Crafton didn't even have to worry about a slap-on-the wrist fine
. Now, Crafton has finally turned in his report, but the Election Commission won't release it
because officials say they're checking into these ominous threats
that contributors are supposedly facing.
So instead of condemning Crafton and looking for ways to compel compliance with the law (like asking the legislature to put some teeth into it), Election Commission officials are giving credence to his ridiculous claims. At the same time, they're breaking the open records act by refusing to make the report public. Every politician in the city is taking notice for future reference.