Craddock to play hurt during mayoral run

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 2:22pm

For the next 10 weeks, Metro Councilman and mayoral candidate Michael Craddock will campaign wearing a cast.

Craddock, Mayor Karl Dean’s lone challenger, is set to undergo emergency surgery on his Achilles tendon on Wednesday, according to a news release sent by his election team. Craddock originally sustained the injury while cutting a fallen tree from his garage. 

“I will use the opportunity wisely in spite of the limitation and keep on campaigning for mayor,” Craddock said in a statement. 

Earlier this year, Craddock was hobbled after surgery, forcing him to use a scooter-like device to move.

Despite the injury, Craddock didn't break his eight-year streak of attendance at council meetings. Councilman Mike Jameson, a progressive who’s often disagreed with his conservative colleague, honored Craddock after he completed his 200th consecutive meeting.

Craddock is staring at an enormous financial disadvantage to unseat Dean, who is considered a heavy favorite to reach a second term. Election Day is Aug. 4. 

4 Comments on this post:

By: treehugger7 on 5/4/11 at 6:37

200 is too many!! Enough of him already! We need some real term limits, not just jumping from metro job to metro job. I'm not just picking on him; there are several career "public servants." You just have to wonder who they are serving, and how well. e.g. Torrance.

By: govskeptic on 5/4/11 at 7:57

Does this Headline indicate a "fair" story to follow, I think not!

By: budlight on 5/4/11 at 8:46

Craddock to play hurt during mayoral run - title of story by Joey Garrison. Apparently Mr. Garrison does not know anatomy very well and has never injured his Achilles tendon or else he would know that it is a very serious injury/surgery and painful to say the least. Please Mr. Craddock.

And govskeptic is right: Does this Headline indicate a "fair" story to follow, I think not!

I'll second that emotion.

By: breathofdeath on 5/4/11 at 12:22

There are 26 regular council meetings each year. 26 meetings times the 8 years a council member elected to two full terms would serve equals 208 meetings. That's not counting committee meetings and special council meetings. I think Craddock should be commended for his dedication to the city and his constituents to participate in every council meeting.