City Officials Respond To Mayor's Admission Of Affair

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-11 12:47:17-05

Council members and city officials sounded off following Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's admission of an extramarital affair.

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Metro Councilman Bob Mendes took to Twitter shortly after the news broke.

Metro Councilman Steve Glover declined to comment on what he said was a personal issue with Mayor Barry, but he said:

“On the political side, I think we have a number of massive issues in front of us,” referring to Metro General Hospital and the proposed transit plan, “I think meaningful and deep conversation among Nashville taxpayers is what’s needed at this point.”

Metro Councilman Jim Shulman said:

"This is a very tough day for the Mayor and a tough day for all of us.  But Nashville has shown it can work through hard days."

Councilman DeCosta Hastings talked to NewsChannel 5 after the Mayor's press conference, saying she'll be able to bounce back.

"Its up to the mayor to build those bonds again, if she is going to lead this city in the way it's going forward, it's up to her.  And im sure the same way she built those relationships before, she'll do it again."

NewsChannel 5 political analyst Pat Nolan responded to our questions, saying the news broke during a crucial time for the mayor.

“I don’t think it could have come at a worse time for her, with all the other things she’s trying to deal with -- being mayor, with the transit referendum about to come up, and general hospital, and just generally being a mayor of a major city like Nashville that has so many things going on at one time.  And obviously, the buck stops at her desk with things that she has to deal with, and now she has something to deal with of a personal nature," Nolan said.

Former Rep. Jeremy Durham took to Twitter to express his frustration.

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