October 06, 2006
People Not From Here Wouldn't Understand
Oh, there's a big fuss about people who appear in a Corker ad about his Chattanooga mayoral tenure not actually being from Chattanooga. You'd think that they were from (gasp) Hollywood, for all the hubbub.
But the local daily talks about three of the "not from Chattanooga" players and lets us know that they are from Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain. Everyone who knows, knows that these two altitude-endowed towns, 'specially the former, pretty much run Chattanooga.
A good deal of Corker's fundraising in his victorious 2001 electoral bid came from Lookout Mountain, or so we're told. Corker's family lives in Signal Mountain, where his father was once Mayor.
I'm sure your city or town has similar enclaves, perhaps not technically within municipal limits, where a disproportionate number of the real movers and shakers reside. However, it seems to me that the relationship between Chattanooga and its "mountain" communities is unique.
Make no mistake: people in these communities care very much about the leadership in the valley (or, as we non-mountain people say, "the ditch"), and, I submit, are usually well qualified to comment thereupon.
Harold Ford Jr. is otherwise running an extremely impressive campaign, but until I hear that the people in the commercial were from somewhere else entirely, I'll consider this attack a quibbling misstep.