Letter: Padgett Item Not Newsy

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Metro Pulse ran an article entitled “Donor Annoyed by Mark Padgett’s Late Fund-Raising” on August 24. [That was the online version; it appeared in print in Ear to the Ground, Aug. 25, 2011] I’m curious why the Metro Pulse omitted the name of the alleged donor—perhaps because the story is bogus? Regardless, even if the allegedly disgruntled “big contributor” to Padgett’s campaign actually exists, the issue is hardly newsworthy.

Most spending occurs in the few weeks just before voting—not during the summer months when everyone is enjoying the longer days and vacation time. I would expect a “big contributor” to know this about campaigning.

The real story behind Mark Padgett’s fund-raising ability is that he successfully delivers a message that people like. Mark Padgett’s vision for the future of Knoxville has propelled him from an unknown to the fund-raising leader. It also provides a glimpse of how Mayor Mark Padgett will govern Knoxville once elected: SUCCESSFULLY.

R. Bentley Marlow


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Comments » 1

RJP11 writes:

Well said, Mr. Marlow.

Also, when you're planning on being in the General Election that follows the Primary why would you ever stop raising funds just because the Primary is nearing? Any actual "big contributor" with any political savvy would understand this, as well.

This smacks of another Pro-Rogero media created brouhaha to sling the type of mud Rogero herself must be withholding until the run-off. It's almost as if the MetroPulse & the KNS are on the same page on this ... oh wait, they are on the same page & in fact have the same ownership. How curious ...

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