Howard Gentry says there’s too much of a fuss about out-of-state political action committees influencing the Nashville mayor’s race. He says his rivals should shrug off the influx of money and talk about problems voters care about.
Two conservative Super PACs are each pumping more than a hundred thousand dollars into campaign advertising. One for David Fox, the other for Jeremy Kane.
Howard Gentry, who has not been a beneficiary of these Super PACs — but has been targeted on the mailer for David Fox* — says this money should not be a source of concern.
Gentry is the third candidate to call a press conference in the past week about these out-of-state groups. He says candidates should just stick to talking about local issues – like crime.
“People are still getting killed in Nashville. And in the last few days just a 20 year old was killed, a mother holding her infant was shot in the head, a teenager was killed, two women were shot in shooting where over 20 shots were fired.”
Gentry says this violence, along with transit, the hiring of a new director of schools and voter apathy, are what the candidates need to be talking about.
*An earlier version of this post said Gentry has not been a target of these super PACs. However, he was mentioned with all of the other liberal candidates on the mailer that said Fox was the only fiscal conservative in the mayoral race.