That’s the headline on the front page of this week’s Mt. Juliet News. Story confirms details posted here on Monday, but adds quotes from Mayor and all four commissioners.
MJ News also has an editorial (presumably by Laurie Everette) with the headline, “Peddling petitions in City Hall is a bad idea.”
Both items are worth reading for those who want to attempt to understand MJ politics. Get a copy of the MJ News, or wait a day or so for the article and editorial to appear online at their website.
The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet also weighs in with a front cover headline and page 3 story titled, “MJ commissioners disagree with political petitions in city hall.” The Chron story also has numerous quotes from the Mayor and four commissioners.
Tomi Wiley of The Chron had this classic line:
Elam said that if she had known about the rule prohibiting petitions in City Hall in the Procedure Manual that she reviewed and eventually approved, “she would have refrained from seeking employee signatures within city hall out of respect and deference to Mr. Brockman.”
Mayor Elam in both papers attacked Commissioner Floyd, who she charged had circulated his petition among Mt. Juliet police officers when he filed to run for the city commission in 2008. Those circumstances were, of course, quite different. Floyd had retired and was no longer in a position to reward or punish any employee for declining to sign his petition. Indeed, employees who signed his petition might have faced the displeasure of the incumbent city commissioner that Floyd was challenging.
Linda Elam is neither a conservative, nor a Republican. Her record as Mayor of Mt. Juliet is appalling. Heaven help us all if she is elected to the state legislature.