"Yesterday's vote in Nashville narrowly rejecting an initiative that would have made English the official language of city government was a sad day for the city's unity," said ProEnglish Executive Director K.C. McAlpin.
"Nashville's citizens will now be forced to live with the costs as well as the divisiveness of multilingual government promoted by far-left organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union," McAlpin said. "And when it's time to pick up the tab, they'll discover that the well-heeled business interests that contributed so generously to defeating official English, are nowhere to be found," he added.
McAlpin praised the local citizen's group called Nashville English First led by Nashville Metro Councilman Eric Crafton who sponsored the initiative and succeeded in forcing a special election on the issue despite the obstructionism of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean who did everything he could to stop it from coming to a vote.
McAlpin attributed the defeat to the lower voter turnout characteristic of special elections and one-sided coverage of the issue by Nashville's major daily newspaper, the Tennessean.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The special interest nativists who funded Eric Crafton from their offices in Virginia try to contain the damage Nashville dealt to their cause: