The local Fraternal Order of Police has called out Knoxville mayoral candidate Mark Padgett. Because some members don’t think he told the truth, reports Mike Donila.
You see, the FOP – when they were looking to endorse candidates in the primary and in Tuesday’s election – asked them all the same question: “Have you ever been arrested?”
Padget said he was never asked. (You can read the original story by clicking right smack here.)
The organization said he was. And that he answered “no.”
As you might recall, Padgett got bagged for some pissant reckless driving, speeding ticket, whatever in Florida back in 2003.
He basically blew past a cop. Not a big deal really. Until someone says ya lied about it.
“To be fair to everyone, we asked all of the candidates the same questions,” said Mark Taylor, president of Knoxville Fraternal Order of Police, Volunteer Lodge No. 2 “One of those questions was, ‘have you ever been arrested?'”
He said FOP officials had no official information that either candidate have ever spent any time in the clink before they conducted the interviews.
The bottom line from Jim Balloch’s report on October campaign finance figures in the Knoxville mayor’s race between Madeline Rogero and Mark Padgett.
Padgett started the period with $67,322 carried over from the previous reporting period. He received $95,295 in contributions, spent $103,733, and ends the period with a balance of $58,883.46.
Rogero began the same period with $29,386. She, raised $123,260, spent $65,498.76, and closed with a balance of $87,147.86.
Knoxville mayoral candidates Madeline Rogero and Mark Padgett covered a range of topics in a radio broadcast debate, reports Jim Balloch, including red light cameras, the city’s homeless population and the best approach for bolstering the city’s economy.
“I would like to see them come down,” Padgett said of the city’s red light cameras, which are posted at more than a dozen locations. He said he doubts they have been as effective as claimed in making intersections safer.
“They are nothing but revenue generators, and another layer of bureaucracy,” Padgett said.
Rogero said she believes the cameras have been effective in encouraging safer driving at the intersections where they have been located, but that she has no plans to increase their numbers.
The candidates were seated at a table in the Market Square studio of Knoxivi.com. The two-hour debate was carried live on NewsTalk 98.7 FM radio and on a live video stream on the websites of both the radio station and Knoxivi.com.
It was the 50th time the candidates have debated during their campaign.
Each candidate was cordial to the other. Rogero occasionally zinged Padgett, but did so very mildly.
“Mark, you know nothing about this,” she said at one point during a lengthy debate on the complexities of the homeless issue and how best to address it.
Padgett, 33, exuded his trademark enthusiasm and energy throughout the debate. He vowed to be a mayor who would aggressively recruit new businesses and industry to Knoxville and take many steps to make the city even more business-friendly than it already is.
Both Knoxville mayoral candidates have minor arrest records, according to the News Sentinel.
Mark Padgett was jailed briefly in Florida in 2003 on a charge of first-offense reckless driving, according to court records in Walton County, Fla. He was released on bond, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving and paid $83 in fines and court costs.
His opponent, Madeline Rogero, was arrested in 1974 and 1989 — both arrests connected to demonstrations.
“It is well-known that I was arrested twice, many years ago,” Rogero said.
She was recently endorsed by the Knoxville Fraternal Order of Police, which presented both candidates with questionnaires. The form did not ask about arrest records. Rogero said she told the FOP about her incidents when she was interviewed by FOP leaders.
Padgett said he was not asked when he was interviewed.
The latest financial disclosures of Knoxville mayoral candidates Madeline Rogero and Mark Padgett show they spent considerable money in the media — primarily television — for the Sept. 27 primary, and Rogero started getting money again once it was clear the two candidates would be in the Nov. 8 general election.
Further excerpt from Georgiana Vines report:
Rogero reported to the Knox County Election Commission on Friday that she raised $58,037 in September and spent $155,391, with much of it going to Team Blue, a Washington, D.C., firm she’s hired for consulting and handling her TV political advertising and polling services. Through September, she raised a little more than $345,000. She also reported $2,714 in-kind contributions for fundraisers in Knoxville and Nashville.
Padgett’s campaign reported he raised $47,505 in September and spent $142,668, with much of it going to Media Strategies and Research in Fairfax, Va., for TV advertising. He raised $420,334 through September.
One day after a close primary, the two remaining Knoxville mayoral candidates were back on the campaign trail, this time ready for a faster pace, reports the News Sentinel.
The remarks they made about each other also turned pointed, with Mark Padgett saying Madeline Rogero had run out of supporters and Rogero accusing her opponent of lifting some of his new proposals from ideas already in existence.
“Some of my opponents’ campaigns have been about fuzzy rhetoric and they’ve been about yesterday and the policies of old,” said software businessman Mark Padgett, a first-time office seeker. “I’m about looking to the future. I want a better tomorrow.”
As he unveiled a more detailed 28-page policy plan, Padgett said he was not concerned about Tuesday’s narrowly decided election in which Madeline Rogero missed winning outright by 16 votes in a field of five candidates.
“I started with no name recognition. I started out knowing about 50 people, but I got (22.64) percent of the vote,” said Padgett. “But look where Madeline started and ended from eight years ago (during her unsuccessful mayoral campaign against Bill Haslam). She’s maxed out her votes.”
“He wishes,” she said, pointing out that the 2003 election featured only two candidates and she raised a quarter of the money Haslam brought in.
Rogero also scoffed at the “Padgett Plan” presented earlier in the day.
“I don’t know if it’s much of a plan,” she said. “Part of it is plagiarism. There’s stuff the city is already doing, stuff we’ve been talking about from the very beginning and things I worked on as (the city’s) community development director. There’s also things in there that would raise the city’s budget. And frankly some of it is frivolous.”
In a nailbiter of a contest, Madeline Rogero narrowly missed Tuesday becoming Knoxville’s first female mayor, coming up 16 votes shy of an outright, winner-take-all victory over four opponents, reports Mike Donila.
Instead, Rogero and Mark Padgett will vie in a Nov. 8 general election that pits experience against youth.
“At the end of the day, we see a Knoxville that comes home to great neighborhoods and a great quality of life,” Rogero, flanked by family members, told several hundred supporters. “Today’s primary sets up a clear choice in November. Six weeks from today, we have a clear choice — which of two candidates have the experience and vision to get the right results for our city.”
Rogero, a former director of the city’s Community Development Department, garnered 49.91 percent of the vote, falling just short of the requisite 50 percent plus 1 vote needed to win outright, according to unofficial election results from the Knox County Election Commission.
Software business owner Mark Padgett came in second place, squeaking by longtime politico Ivan Harmon by 53 votes, according to unofficial returns.
“If the citizens give us six more weeks, give us a real head-to-head, then we’re going to see a real race,” said Padgett, 33, president of eGovernment Solutions LLC, as the votes trickled in Tuesday.
Former Knoxville Councilman Joe Hultquist and local E-911 operator Bo Bennett came in fourth and fifth, respectively, yielding a combined 5.13 percent of the vote.
See also Georgiana Vines’ analysis of the mayoral campaign.
A recent poll conducted on behalf of Knoxville mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero’s campaign shows her with a 2-to-1 lead over her next-closest rival among five candidates in the race, reports the News Sentinel.
According to the campaign’s poll, Rogero was backed by 40 percent of those surveyed, compared to 20 percent for Ivan Harmon. Mark Padgett received 13 percent, while 22 percent of respondents were undecided.
The race’s other two candidates, Bo Bennett and Joe Hultquist, split the remaining 5 percent.
The poll was taken among 600 likely Knoxville voters July 18-20 by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C. The results, which were released by the Rogero campaign Monday, have an plus/minus error margin of 4 percent.
…Harmon, 63, who has served terms as a county commissioner, city councilman and county school board member, said his campaign’s internal polling among 3,000 likely voters in early May put him at a close second to Rogero.
,,,Padgett, 33, said a poll of 400 likely voters taken on behalf of his campaign within the past two weeks put him within 7 points of Rogero — he was at 24 percent compared to Rogero’s 31 percent.
Georgina Vines has provided a rundown on campaign financial disclosures in the Knoxville mayor’s race:
It’s clear from the latest financial disclosures of the Knoxville mayoral candidates that the business community that supports political candidates, most of whom are Republicans, is endorsing Mark Padgett, a Democrat and son of former longtime Knox County Clerk Mike Padgett.
The businessman’s supporters include family members of Gov. Bill Haslam, former Knoxville mayor. The Republican governor has said he’s staying out of the nonpartisan race. But Madeline Rogero, who ran against Haslam eight years ago and then became his community development director when he was mayor, has some business support, too, particularly among architects and prominent women.
… Rogero, also a Democrat, did get donations from two people key in Haslam’s mayoral administration – Larry Martin, deputy mayor, and Bill Lyons, senior director of policy and communications, both of whom have remained with interim Mayor Daniel Brown.
Her contributors also include Dotty Roddy, mother-in-law of Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy, who was a mayoral candidate until deciding in April to run for Jamie Woodson’s state Senate seat. Dotty Roddy made her $500 contribution after the councilwoman changed races.
In terms of fundraising, the campaign is between Padgett and Rogero. Padgett is the frontrunner, raising $146,865 in the last quarter ending June 30; Rogero raised $63,911 during the period. But former County Commissioner Ivan Harmon, who reported raising $20,700, said he’s not to be counted out. Former Councilman Joe Hultquist, a latecomer to the race, reported raising $10,035. Bo Bennett, a 911 dispatcher, reported raising $24.
While Gov. Bill Haslam says he will remain neutral in the Knoxville mayor’s race, some Haslam family members have donated to Mike Padgett, according to Metro Pulse.
Among the donors listed on Mark Padgett’s latest financial disclosure form are both of Haslam’s siblings: His brother James A. “Jimmy” Haslam III gave $1,000, and his sister Ann Bailey gave $2,000. (Her husband Steve donated the same amount).
… There has been abundant speculation about where the Haslam favor might fall in this mayoral field, considering that one candidate, Madeline Rogero, both ran against and then worked for Bill Haslam; another, Padgett, is from a family enmeshed in local Democratic politics; and the sole Republican, Ivan Harmon, is associated with Republican Party factions that were historically not those of the GOP establishment Haslams. The contributions are not quite a full-on family endorsement–patriarch Big Jim is still nowhere to be seen–but they suggest that Padgett is having success reaching out to mainstream Republicans who aren’t happy with the other choices.