Dean steps up for Holleman's opponent in campaign mailer

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 3:29pm

If there were any doubt which candidate Mayor Karl Dean was rooting for in the Metro Council’s heated District 24 race, uncertainty ended Wednesday.

In a campaign mail-piece that arrived in mailboxes Wednesday, Dean is pictured with attorney Sarah Lodge Tally, representing the mayor’s first overt political play in the contested Sylvan Park-area race.

Tally is challenging incumbent Councilman Jason Holleman.

Tally had already enjoyed the support of a gaggle of Dean supporters — including Dean’s re-election treasurer and campaign spokesman — yet Dean himself hadn’t totally injected himself into the race. In fact, two weeks ago Dean told The City Paper he didn’t have a favorite in the race.

That all changed with release of the campaign flyer (see here).

“Sarah Lodge Tally is a smart, hard working, capable woman who knows Nashville’s best days are ahead,” Dean is quoting as saying on the front of the mailer.

The backside of the advertisement features a photo of Tally and Dean standing in front of the Metro Courthouse.

“Tally will work with Mayor Dean to keep Nashville moving forward,” the ad says. The piece says the two would work together to fully fund schools, revitalize Charlotte Pike and support mass transit enhancements along the Broadway-West End corridor.

During the past council term, Holleman voted against financing of Music City Center, Dean’s signature project. He also differed with the mayor over the future of the 117-acre fairgrounds.

When asked to comment, Holleman did not directly address Dean.

“I ran for the Metro Council to represent the voters in District 24,” Holleman said. “For the last four years I’ve worked hard to give voice to their opinions on the council. It’s their endorsement in this election that matters to me.”

A Tally mail-piece featuring former Gov. Phil Bredesen is expected to be unveiled in the coming days.

20 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 7/20/11 at 1:35

So Dean is blowing more smoke! He is for anyone that will be a "yes sir Mr. Dean" on the council. Vote against anyone that is remotely a Dean "yes sir" person.

By: 5 Fingers on 7/20/11 at 2:09

Ronnie is left to fend for himself:

By: racer84 on 7/20/11 at 4:32

Who is the treasurer for the Tally for Metro Council being back by Karl Dean ? None other than Dave Goetz, husband of Katy Varney...The Fair Board Chair who advocates closing the property. Connecting dots was never this easy as a child. People should really pay attention to what's going on in Nashville and get involved while you can stop it in it's tracks. The election is 2 weeks away and the cities largest scandal in years is going to come before election day. Just watch.

So Tally is connected to not only Katy Varney and Karl Dean...but has been paying big bucks to the sons of Metro Finance Director Rich Riebeling as campaign "consultants".

Now connect Buddy Baker and his business dealings with Reibeling and Bob Frensley

Torrence and Arriola had nothing on what these have been taking from taxpayers.

Don't believe me, look it up yourself.

Now you see why Dean's campaign slogan was it's all connected....because it is

By: pswindle on 7/20/11 at 6:37

If anyone was in doubt for whom to vote for, all doubt should be erased. Go Holleman!!!

By: boyer barner on 7/20/11 at 9:08

I think Dean's BS level is "rising."

By: Nitzche on 7/20/11 at 9:17

Easy on Kash Karl, Tally went to Harpeth Hall and Dean's children go to Harpeth Hall...can't wait til Tally can start lecturing us the importance of public education! I bet she is against Vouchers?

By: Chich on 7/20/11 at 9:28

Anyone who's been watching Holleman has known who to vote for ever since he failed his primary obligation of honesty and transparency. Most folks are aware that his ongoing attempts to force his personal agenda often results in negative consequences for the District.

That vacant lot at 46th & Charlotte is one negative consequence caused by Holleman. The neighborhood could have had a new Rite Aid Pharmacy on that corner. But Holleman deliberately sabotaged the Rite Aid deal. And he cost the owners their sale and violated protocol to carry out his attack.

Here are the details: Following the congregation’s decision to merge with another to form a new church they were approached by Rite Aid to purchase the old property at 46th & Charlotte. Rite Aid was willing to pay a fair price, just under $3 million.

Everything was going smoothly until Holleman attacked. He drafted two restrictive Zoning Bills, encumbering this property so as to drive away this buyer. This is a typical example of Holleman's working in secret in order to gain an advantage. He purposely violated recognized protocol in not notifying the property owners of his actions nor holding any prior meetings whatsoever. Why? Because his personal agenda is to drive out what he calls "Big Box" commercial development and to force his view at any cost. He used his elected office to control private business and real estate.

What happened next? Rite Aid walked away. Why? Because Holleman's threatened zoning restrictions inflated costs and increased hassles (just as Holleman intended they should). But with 4700 stores, Rite Aid is good at what they do. They've seen it all in their business. Including guys like Holleman who poison the market.

And what became of Holleman's two restrictive Zoning Bills to "save" the building? Well, his next move proved that neither Bill had any merit whatsoever. Their only purpose was to torpedo the Rite Aid deal; "saving the building" was just Holleman's ruse. So as soon as his true objective was met, Holleman withdrew both his Zoning Bills. (Interestingly, he's been fabricating tales as to why he withdrew his Bills ever since. But his actions, not his words, define his motives. And he failed to "save the building")

Much more than the multi-million dollar Rite Aid opportunity was lost. Holleman's actions also saddled the property owners with years continued maintenance expenses. Then the Real Estate market softened in 2009. And District 24's stretch of Charlotte has seen more of its share of vacancy and neglect than adjacent Districts because many would-be investors and entrepreneurs watched and listened as Holleman attacked the Rite Aid deal.

Holleman's actions sent a message to potential investors: "Get Out & Stay Out!" So many have. Investors now seem to focus on properties in other Districts whose Councilmen are are viewed as trustworthy. But that will change if Tally wins.

By: Nitzche on 7/20/11 at 9:30

"calling dick Lodge",,paging Dick!

By: Richland on 7/21/11 at 5:59

I enjoyed the revisionist history from the the member of the Charlotte Church. Jason wanted Charlotte to become another great Nashville district like 12South, Hillsboro Village, etc. Rite Aide would have doomed Charlotte to it's strip mall status forever.

And get it right - Rite Aide walked due to the economics of the deal.

The church destroyed what had been one of Nashville's few remaining historic structures. I laugh/cry about this when I think about it- a church destroying their own legacy for a buck and then slandering the man who wanted to create a historic district with it as the focal point. Poetic justice is that now that the church razed its own building, it has just sat on the market because it is twice the market value.

Way to go church spoksmsn! Choke on your guilt! Oh, and enjoy the merger with the other small congregation in another part of town.

By: richgoose on 7/21/11 at 6:47

I am familar with Sarah Lodge Tally. On that basis the people of that district cannot go wrong by voting for Jason Holleman.

By: bfra on 7/21/11 at 6:50

I have had business dealings with Tally's daddy, Dick, & if the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, vote for Jason Holleman.

By: haveasay on 7/21/11 at 8:10

Richland, I don't know who wrote about that church history but it does seem to show another crooked councilman at work. Holleman is not a good councilman and he does not speak for the whole district, he speaks for HIS personal interests, if you want to vote for him, fine.It is unnecessary to badmouth a church that you know nothing about. The church is the people not the building and if all of Hollemans district wanted to save it why didn't they attend the church and help support the old building? Why do his supporters expect people to finance their personal wishes.
I think I will visit that "other small congregation in another part of town" When did 5807 Charlotte Ave. become another part of town. Try not to be to bitter against people who want to sell their property, you may want to sell yours one day.
The Mayor has a right,like all citizens, to voice his opinion you voiced yours and I voiced mine. The constitution gives us that right.
Vote for Tally

By: bfra on 7/21/11 at 8:24

haveasay - Do you reside in that area? Have you had any dealings with Talley or her family? Yes! The mayor has a right to his opinion, he doesn't have the right to cram it down the taxpayer's throat by underhanded tactics. He also, in his time, in office has done nothing to clean up the corruption, and if anything has abetted it!

Don't vote for another Dean puppet, vote for Holleman!

By: noitall on 7/21/11 at 8:30

chich and haveasy - if you think that Tally and her backers would have supported the demolition of that church for a Rite-Aid, I'd like to have some of what you're smoking.

By: dogmrb on 7/21/11 at 8:46

The Mayor is only driving people to Jason with this high-handed meddling.

By: PKVol on 7/21/11 at 10:08

First the neighborhood advocacy group from the fairgrounds area, now the 'honerable' mayor himself and next from the former governor. Does Tally have any supporters who actually live in and can vote in the 24th District or is she trying to use outsiders to influence those who can actuall cast a vote in the race. If I lived there, I certainly would take offense to someone from the outside trying to sway my vote. Remember, all politics is local and the people of the 24th District should vote for the one that will make the 24th District a better place, not for someone who will be an automatic 'Yes' vote for the mayor.

By: BigPapa on 7/21/11 at 10:08

He's running un-opposed so he's trying to see if he has any coat tails. What's the controversy?

By: pswindle on 7/21/11 at 10:14

Dean will not give up until he has his hands on the Fairgrounds. I wish there was someone else running for mayor that could beat him.

By: ohplease on 7/21/11 at 10:17

Another fact -- and this is a fact -- about the Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ and Rite-Aid plans. Rite-Aid was determined to build its standard design -- set back from the street surrounded by parking. The urban design overlay on that section of Charlotte, put in place before Holleman was on the Council, would not have allowed that. So Rite-Aid wasn't going to happen. And I applaud Holleman for caring about our city's history and for understanding that not all development is desirable. He has taken a longer view for Charlotte, to realize its potential as a destination as Hillsboro Village, 12th South, and Five Points are.

By: Chich on 7/21/11 at 3:53

ohplease try not to appear so foolish. If any UDO had posed a problem, Rite Aid would never have made their deal on that property. Rite Aid has lots of experience purchasing real estate. When Holleman attacked, they just moved on and made their investment elsewhere. That vacant lot is a fitting testament to Holleman's incompetence as Councilman. The paralysis that District 24 is currently suffering will end when he's gone.

And Richland, if I were a member of that Church, I would have advised them to file a personal lawsuit against Councilman Holleman. Holleman breached Metro protocol. And he lacked any legitimate District constituent majority demand for his proposed legislation. It was clearly part of a personal agenda so he should be held personally responsible for all of the damage it has caused.

For similar examples of Councilman's Holleman's proclivity to work in secret you might want to check in w/ the Sisters at Aquinas College. The fiasco he caused regarding their proposed nursing school resulted in the Nuns questioning, shall we say, Mr. Holleman's veracity of statement.

Or you might ask some of the Charlotte Ave merchants who were blindsided when Holleman secretly triggered a Detailed Corridor Design Plan on their properties He later confessed to consulting with only "seven or eight" owners out of 120+ subject area parcels prior to acting.

So support whomever you wish for District Councilman. But do so armed with logic and fact.