"Other than the fact that I don’t know what he’s talking about, with everything that’s been coming out on this — Save My Fairgrounds just went about the job of collecting the signatures — they’re the ones that have been throwing the stones,” [CM Hollin] said ....
“To suggest that Boyer Barner or any of these other people has anything to do with Save My Fairgrounds, they don’t. It’s just fundamentally flawed,” Hollin said. “I’m not going to hold Colby Sledge accountable for someone else’s actions. He shouldn’t hold me accountable for someone else’s actions.”
The real reason for the letter, Hollin suggested, was to garner sympathy for Neighbors for Progress in response to Save My Fairgrounds’ success in getting the referendum on the ballot.
And the timeline — or the number of actions Sledge’s group took in a few short weeks — appears to lend at least some support to that theory. Hollin’s group turned in its signed petitions on Monday, May 16. Just prior to that, Neighbors for Progress announced that it had hired Barrett — who’s working pro bono, according to Sledge, but on a contingency basis, Barrett told The City Paper — to monitor the Election Commission as it counted the signatures. On June 2, the letter came. Four days later and through Barrett, the group challenged the validity of the referendum petition, in a letter to the Nashville District Attorney’s office.
It almost feels like the beginnings of an official political campaign ... to defeat the referendum.
Maldonado also discloses that Dean campaign consultant Will Pinkston moved easily from his former position of mustering and sniping against Michael Craddock to his current advisory role with Colby Sledge's group. So, now NFP has the benefit of a partisan mercenary to do the dirty work and a lawyer to give them legal gravity. But then again, Sledge's groups have been enjoying inordinate preferential treatment from the powerful since Karl Dean adopted them to wave his banner last November.
They don't seem able to to win these issues with pure power, so they're going to smear a legitimate popular cause in Nashville with the poor choices of an individual who supports that cause.