Actually, it sounds like it's a great day for Briley. That $156k "raised" by Dean consists of $50k from Dean's "own" pocket, and by "pocket," I mean "trust fund" and by "own," I mean "his wife's." Since state law prohibits individual contributions over $40k, it's comforting to know that there's at least one lawyer who's figured out a way around the law. An additional $52k comes exclusively from the law firms to which Dean directed business over the years as the Director of OUR community's legal department... I guess there is some financial benefit to being a public servant after all. So, 50K from the in-laws, 52K from Metro-law and the dashing Mr. Dean is left with a mere 48K. Perhaps most discouraging for Dean, he had a total of just 120 contributors, almost all from one zip code (Quick! Guess which one! Hint... it starts with a 372 and it ends with an 05). Sure, those folks buy some pretty expensive loafers (pun intended), but word on the street is that Briley has contributions from well over five times that number. Good thing for Nashville that even the fattest wallets only get to vote once.If this is all true, it's fodder for the argument that even when one has a lot of money, the details about that money can cancel out the inevitability, the juggernaut that the six-plus-figures are supposed to sire. Is Dean another progressive tainted by financial ties? We shall see.
UPDATE: Catherine comes on through the barn door left open for her. Read. Now.