Unethical Quote Of The Week: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s Resignation Statement

Nice whitewashing job!

“While my time as your mayor concludes today, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people shall never come to an end. No one is as excited about this city, and its bright and limitless future, than I am. Nashville, with its boundless energy, its infectious optimism, its never- encountered-an-obstacle-it-couldn’t-overcome attitude, will, in the years ahead, continue its steady march toward the very top of the list of great American cities. It’s a continued climb that I will watch, but I will watch as a private citizen, and I will be tremendously proud nonetheless.

While today is primarily about the smooth transition from my administration to that of Vice Mayor Briley, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and thank the thousands and thousands of people who have reached out to me, written me, encouraged me, comforted me, worried endlessly about me, and most importantly prayed for me during these many difficult and trying months.In two and a half short years, we have made great strides and progress on affordable housing, transit, public education, youth opportunity, quality of life, and our economy.

None of this would have been possible without my incredible staff, our talented department heads, and all of the dedicated men and women of the Metropolitan Government who have worked hard to make the lives of Nashvillians a little better each day.They got up yesterday, they got up today, and they will get up again tomorrow devoted to making sure our city sings.

And I sincerely hope and believe that my own actions will not tarnish or otherwise detract from all of their great work. It has been the honor and it has been the privilege of my entire professional life to have had the blessing of this opportunity to be your mayor.Thank you in advance for the support that I am sure you will give to Mayor Briley in the days and weeks ahead.

God bless this wonderful city.

I love you, Nashville.”

Megan Barry, now ex-Mayor of Nashville, following her resignation after pleading guilty to theft of public funds.

Ethics Alarms has previously covered the exploits of Barry, who had a romantic relationship with the chief of her security detail, a married man, and who refused to resign when it came to light, saying that God would forgive her. Finally, after various revelations that suggested illicit and excessive compensation somehow made their way to her huggy-bug, both Barry and paramour Robert Forrest had to plead guilty to theft of property over $10,000 — a Class C Felony. She will pay $11,000 to the city in restitution and serve three years’ probation, as will Forest, though he will have to pay back $45,000 to the city.From this astonishing statement, one would think Barry was ending her term in office the old-fashioned way, by completing it, or retiring with dignity to a professorship or something similarly honorable. No, she was forced to resign in disgrace. Yet there is no hint of shame or regret in this statement, not even an apology or an acknowledgment of wrongdoing, except for nine words that suggest that she sees no harm coming from her betrayal of trust.

The statement is a whitewash, a delusion, and a lie. It is the upbeat farewell of a successful leader, not what it should be, the humble request for forgiveness from a terrible one, acknowledging wrongdoing and promising to be better. The statement shows no contrition, no remorse, no accountability, no courage, and no conscience.

Based on these words, I think Megan Barry is a sociopath.

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Pointer: Arthur in Maine

 

 

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24 responses to “Unethical Quote Of The Week: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s Resignation Statement

  1. It’s the statement of someone who still plans on having an upward trajectory in politics.

    She may be a sociopath, but I think she rightly anticipates that most people, in their gut, probably don’t care about the adulterous affair, and most people will internally rationalize away the “chump change” that she stole from the people of Nashville. This whole episode is revealing of larger cracks in our ethics.

    It’s even more unfortunate that it takes an opposition to actually pursue the charges which, equally unfortunate, Barry’s backers claim the pursuit of charges is only because of politics. Could you imagine if a single party had complete control of all the facets of government in her jurisdiction, that quite possibly, nothing would occur to hold her accountable?

  2. Jeff H.

    Is she related to the ex-mayor or Washington DC? Based solely on behavior, it seems a remote possibility.

  3. Other Bill

    It’s all spin and goofy self esteem talk. Debbie Wasserman Schultz could have written it. One big talking point compendium. Sheer baloney. Doesn’t even rise to the level of Authentic Frontier Gibberish.

  4. She was held responsible. I am stunned that a blue city actually held a Democrat responsible for anything, much less something to which illicit sex was tied.

    Is this a crack in the wall? Are Americans finally waking up to what their apathy has allow public office to become? Do they realize that elections matter, and that both sides are NOT the same?

    My entire life, liberals have gotten a pass for ‘minor’ infractions like this for which the GOP would have been crucified, sometimes by their own party. Didn’t pay your taxes? No Big Deal! …unless you are Republican. You can even run the IRS if your politics are acceptable. Get caught using drug, and go to prison for it? Sure, you can serve another term as a progressive mayor! Maybe this is the start of the end of such double standards?

    2018 will tell a tale, that is for sure.

    • I doubt it, as I don’t believe this is a one-party thing at all. Both sides have long been rallying around “their side” for many events. It’s not like this is the first Democrat or Republican elected official caught having an affair in office, nor the first who didn’t resign while doing so. Same with drugs, or other crimes. The double-standard thing is blown out of proportion (which is a sad thing, in that both do it at times).

      • Steven,

        You post is a rationalization, #1, #1a, and #2 I’ll stop there, as it is enough.

        As to your ‘both sides do it’ I think the facts say otherwise. The GOP is NOT allowed to continue in office after pleading guilty to a felony, but Democrats do all the time. That was my point: the double standard. The vast majority of such cases involve Democrats.

        Now, the Establishment GOP are crooks too, no mistake. I am looking at the enforcement of the laws.

        • I’m not making any rationalizations. I think anyone should be punished if they break any laws. I’m not sure the punishment always fits the crime, but there should be some type of punishment or we’re basically saying that behavior is ok. And any ethical elected official should seriously be looking at resigning if they are doing things that are a large stain upon their office, whether it’s illegal or not.

          All I was saying in my post is I don’t think there is going to be some kind of “liberal/progressive” mind shift on this. It is not some crack in the wall. Mainly because that is the approach done by both sides (Democrat/Republican) on my many occasions when it is someone on their side of the political spectrum.

          And yes, sad as it is to say, there are plenty of times the Republican side does things that are outlandish, or illegal, and are not held accountable for them. To say otherwise is to cherry pick facts or show bias. Some are definitely worse then others, but they are out there. For every Clinton there is a Trump. For a druggie mayor (since that was one of your points) they got Barry, and we got Dustin Grubbs (caught with a bag chock full of OxyContin and other painkillers that they’re probably still not sure if he was using, selling, or both), but as far as I know is still mayor and certainly was for awhile (after getting the local get-out-of-jail free card of his own of just 3-yr probation and wiping his record clean when done).

          • So you are going with ‘who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?’

            Whatever gets you through the night, Steven

            • Good lord slickwilly, stop being so partisan and biased and you’ll be able to function a bit better then having to go off on dumb, senseless rants. You honestly think every Republican elected official is pure and every Democrat is a lying cheater?

              “My entire life, liberals have gotten a pass for ‘minor’ infractions like this for which the GOP would have been crucified, sometimes by their own party. Didn’t pay your taxes? No Big Deal! …unless you are Republican. You can even run the IRS if your politics are acceptable. Get caught using drug, and go to prison for it? Sure, you can serve another term as a progressive mayor! Maybe this is the start of the end of such double standards?”

              You know if you switched the liberal/republican words in your original rant to white and black, you would sound just like a Black Lives Matter member.

              • I will thank you to stop using progressive tactics to smear me.

                You honestly think every Republican elected official is pure and every Democrat is a lying cheater?

                Where did I say that? Did I not say that both sides are crooks?

                I am done with you, as you will not have a fair debate.

                • Right, keep telling yourself that. You twisted my words completely around on each reply. All I said was it’s not just a Democratic issue with elected officials acting badly, and not being punished for it. But live in your bias tent if you want. I’m not sure you understand what a fair debate is based on how you try to debate.

      • Having an affair while in office is not per se grounds to demand resignation.. An affair with an employee or subordinate that leads to looting of public funds is. Keep the material distinctions straight, because people try to blur them. Workplace misconduct and personal misconduct are distinct.

        • No, is it totally grounds for resignation, maybe not. Though possibly it should be. In your post itself here you pointed out that she refused to resign when it was brought to light ,which I would think means you believe she should have as well. Otherwise why bring it up? This was before the looting of public funds basically forced her to. (We’ll even get out of the fact she’s doing it with a subordinate)

  5. luckyesteeyoreman

    Jack, I hope you don’t mind that I copy and paste part of a comment I made about Megan Barry after one of your earlier posts about her:

    “Finally, Ms. Mayor, you possess [sarcasm alert] the ultimate trait for getting elected by leftist and similarly stupid voters in middle North America: [/sarc] ‘The language of full emotional availability is her native tongue.’ [As I recall, that was what one of Barry’s defenders said of her – a newspaper, in one of its editorials, perhaps?]

    “Why, she’s…she’s…Jane the Craptist! The Pre-Oprah! The legitimizer of The Promised Ms.iah!

    “Nah – double BZZZZZZZT!!, Madame Mayor. Thoughts and prayers are not enough for survivors of mass shootings. Nor are God’s forgiveness, and your promised “hard work” to earn people’s forgiveness and trust, enough. You will have to resign, and wander the wilderness of Tennessee for a time, wearing nothing but Gucci and eating nothing but king salmon.

    “Until the Lord calls you to higher offices and higher crimes.”

    Mark my words: That über-crook’s career is just getting started!

    • luckyesteeyoreman

      My [sarcasm alert] and [/sarc] should be in the short paragraph AFTER. No worries, though. “The language of full emotional availability is her native tongue” is eloquence of Authentic Frontier Gibberish that even misplaced sarcasm – even the best-written military performance reports! – could never obscure or otherwise diminish.

  6. Zanshin

    Regarding,
    both Barry and paramour Robert Forrest had to plead guilty to theft of property over $10,000 — a Class C Felony. She will pay $11,000 to the city in restitution and serve three years’ probation, as will Forest, though he will have to pay back $45,000 to the city.

    Jack, in your first post on this issue you wrote,

    This is sexual harassment. The officer was a subordinate, and she was his boss, with the power to fire him or worse. There can be no genuine consent in such situations.

    So, for Robert Forrest, instead of paying $45.000 to the city and serving three years’ probation, could he
    a. try to reverse this judgement, and/or
    b. sue the city and/or Barry for a hefty sum?

    Would he have legally a chance?
    Would it be ethical if he did this?

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