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So from crack Metro reporter Nate Rau yesterday comes the latest story
of certain Metro Council members grousing about Mayor Karl Dean's choices for the Convention Center Authority. Council conservatives led by Michael Craddock have been nipping at the heels of, among others, one of Nashville's most interesting, and generous, characters: Leo Waters.
Also receiving some pushback from Council members is Dean appointee Leo Waters, who has a deep political history in Nashville and has collected his share of detractors. Waters has previously served as an at-large Metro Council member and as a member of the Nashville Electric Services board.
Waters grew up a scrappy poor kid in North Nashville, toiling summers at the Neuhoff meat-packing plant, working his way through college and eventually toward a graduate degree in criminology. He's a recovering alcoholic, and very open about that fact, and has helped countless other lost souls trying to recover. (He doesn't talk about that part.) He knows intimately how the city works and cares about it deeply. He's interested in historic preservation, social justice, smart development and would give a starving stranger anything he had. Yeah, he's a real jackass