District Attorney Bill Gibbons, a Republican and the target of an organized effort by Democratic nominees for countywide office who objected to his planned attendance at the Democrats' annual Kennedy Day dinner Monday night, confirmed by a formal statement Monday that he would not be attending the event.
Said Gibbons: "I purchased a ticket to the Kennedy Day Dinner held by the Democratic party for two reasons. First, as district attorney, I am the public's lawyer. I consider it part of my job to be present throughout the community in order to listen to people's concerns. Second, many key Democrats who support my re-election had urged me to attend.
"As district attorney, I represent all of the people. In my re-election campaign, I intend to seek the support of all citizens, regardless of party. Our community would be much stronger and less divisive if more candidates for office went the extra mile to reach across party lines. I have always done that and will continue to do so.
"Based on the recommendations of many of my Democratic supporters, I have decided not to attend the dinner tonight."
The attorney general's statement was accompanied by a lengthy list of individuals Gibbons deescribed as his Democratic supporter.
The Flyer will provide a follow-up report lboth on the controversy and on the dinner itself, which features a keynote address by Governor Phil Bredesen.
Ford also discussed his Tennessee Senate race, claiming to be leading in all the polls and to have out-raised everybody. He showed his new TV ad attacking big oil profits (but sounded accommodating toward new drilling in Alaska), took issue with President Bushs appointment of General Michael Hayden to head the CIA, defended his dear friend almost like a cousin or brother, Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy, and piece de resistance touted FedEx founder Fred Smith as a possible successor to current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, whose resignation Ford has called for.
It was enough to once again win Imus' adoration. The host said at one point, Ford would be elected to the Senate if theres a God in Heaven.
The Court overruled a state appellate courts temporary stay and sustained Chancellor Tene Alissandratos earlier judgment against the plaintiffs. It found that there was no compelling reason to interfere with the rights of a chartered county to impose term limits on the members of a legislative branch.
So what will they do? Allow us to recommend a nice movie.