Al Gore picks a favorite in Nashville mayor’s race

Charles Robert Bone has received a boost from former Vice President Al Gore as his campaign hits the homestretch in Nashville’s mayoral race, according to The Tennessean.

Gore, who has not historically endorsed in Nashville local politics, asks friends in a Monday email to contribute to Bone’s campaign. Gore, who has a home in Nashville, notes that this year’s race has gotten expensive. He also references spending from conservative political action committees that have sought to help other mayoral candidates.

The fundraising deadline for the final reporting period before the Aug. 6 election was Monday.

Bone, an attorney, is a prominent fundraiser for Tennessee Democrats and was a past campaign fundraising bundler for President Barack Obama. His father, Charles Bone, was active in each of Gore’s campaigns for Senate, president and vice president. Gore has known the younger Bone since Bone was a kid.

The subject line of Gore’s email says, “Supporting an Old Friend.”

…”Many of you know Charles Robert already. I have known him since the victory celebration at his home following my first race for the U.S. Congress in 1976 when he was 2 years old. He has been active in every Gore Campaign from 1976 through 2000. In 1992, he surprised all of us when he decided to forego his freshman year in college to join the Clinton/Gore Campaign in Washington — working with Johnny Hayes and many of you. At 18 years of age, he spent the last 10 days of the ’92 Presidential Campaign in the War Room in Little Rock helping us bring about the victory that paved the way for our successful administration.”