Georgiana Vines has more on a widely-denounced anonymous mailer that disparages Knoxville mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero and supporters. Among the denouncers is her opponent, Mark Padgett.
The flier, written by “A Concerned Knoxville Republican,” is the third — and harshest — to appear in recent weeks. It calls Rogero “a left wing community organizer like her hero Barack Hussein Obama” and says her base of support “is a bunch of drug addicts and hippies.”
“She wants to proclaim Knoxville as a ‘sanctuary City’ so these Mexicans don’t have to worry about being arrested or deported for assaulting people like us or selling drugs in our schools,” the author said.
The flier said two Republicans, (Billy) Stokes and Chad Tindell, who support her, are “fat” lawyers. Stokes would be law director if she wins, the flier said. The flier said he “only got his law license back because of his illegal dealing.” (Stokes and Tindell say the claims are ridiculous.)
…Padgett said he talked with Rogero on Saturday about the flier. He said he thought they should join together to collect as many of them as possible and “turn them over to authorities to be fingerprinted and investigated as a potential hate crime.”
In her statement, Rogero said she appreciated Padgett’s quick denunciation of the flier and knew he would not want the vote of whoever wrote it.
“The only way to snuff the flame of this type of hate and ignorance is to cut off the oxygen. We have two weeks until Election Day and there is no reason to pause over this filth a moment more,” she said.
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.
A second anonymous flier attacking Knoxville mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero has been distributed throughout the city and parts of Knox County and signed “Shade with The Shadow,” reports Georgiana Vines.
Much of the flier is a repeat of one distributed before the Sept. 27 primary. Rogero and her opponent, Mark Padgett, face each other in the Nov. 8 runoff election.
…Chip Barry, Rogero’s campaign manager, said Rogero supporters have contacted the headquarters about the flier.
“They’ve received it and are irritated it’s in their newspaper boxes,” he said.
Laura Braden, Padgett’s communications director, said the campaign has had nothing to do with it.
“We don’t condone anonymous mailers. We want to run on issues,” she said.
She said Padgett’s staff has had its own “tangible” irritations — big Padgett signs being taken down.
“It costs time and money to replace them,” she said.
University of Tennessee political scientist Michael Fitzgerald said using anonymous fliers in election campaigns is the modern equivalent of “bushwhacking” in the old West — “and just as reprehensible.”
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.
THe News Sentinel Has endorsed Madeline Rogero in the Knoxville mayor’s race. The editorial starts like this:
For nearly a quarter of a century, from 1987 to 2010, Knoxville had just two mayors — Victor Ashe and Bill Haslam.
This year alone will see three mayors. So far, two of them have made history.
Haslam was the first Knoxvillian elected governor of Tennessee since Reconstruction.
His appointed replacement, Daniel Brown, became the first black mayor of the city.
In this fall’s election, Madeline Rogero deserves to become the first female mayor of Knoxville.
Rogero is our choice for the city’s top spot because of her vision for Knoxville and her considerable experience both inside and outside government.
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.