February 9, 2009
Cracks in the Foundation.
While it's still doubtful that Ron can lose this election--though if we've learned anything lately, it's the power of hope over the status quo--it must be noted that pieces of Ron's coalition for success in 2005 are falling apart.
Last week, the firefighters union, who supported him last election cycle, have opted not to endorse Ron Littlefield for Mayor. While it's true that they also didn't endorse Healy, but that's not the point here. Ron lost the firefighters. A Democrat, sitting mayor lost the firefighters? Wow. That's strong. I mean weak. It's a strong testament to how weak Ron's leadership skills are.
But that's not all--he also lost the service workers union (SEIU). SEIU brought workers from Nashville to work for Ron during the last election and he made promises to them that he didn't keep. In fact, they aren't being as neutral as the firefighters, they're actively working against Ron. And Marti--which is just fun stuff. (BTW-she's pulling the same crap as last time--in my view, she doesn't live in the district she's running to represent. She just stays over there more often. Oddly, she admitted she does her laundry at Hemphill. That whacked-out mu-mu support system is always her own worst enemy. Test number 3 for 'does someone live here': Where do you do your laundry--that's where you live.)
Oh, and the police aren't too happy either. Ron must have promised them money too.
Like I said, it's unlikely any of this matters--based on the Ward Crutchfield phone transcripts from Operation Tennessee Waltz, Ron still has his coalition with inner city leaders intact, and that is the most important thing in a municipal election in this city--but it's still interesting that several of the piers he built his previous campaign around are crumbling.
Plus, Chattanoogan's know deep down that VW had nothing to do with Ron and that he is, in fact, the Worst Mayor Ever.
| By Billy Blades | 11:37 PM