Asked for his reaction to the latest call for Mayor Barry’s resignation coming from her former staunch allies at The Tennessean, Metro Councilman Steve Glover told The Tennessee Star:
Given the revelations over the past several days, I feel its safe to say that this has become the opinion of nearly every person in Nashville. Putting the welfare of the city above yourself should always be top of mind for anyone elected to serve.
Day by day the Mayor’s version of her two year illicit relationship with her bodyguard, which she said during her public admission, did not violate any laws or policies, is unraveling.
Judson Phillips, writing in a Tennessee Star commentary on February 1, the day after Mayor Barry admitted to the affair with Sgt. Forrest, was one of the first to call for Barry’s resignation.
Another call to resign from long-time pastor and community activist Enoch Fuzz, followed one week later along with a similar message from The Tennessean’s Clarksville-based liberal columnist and opinion writer Saritha Prabhu.
Retired Vanderbilt Law Professor Carol Swain nailed the Mayor as “damaged goods” and said “she needs to go” and repeated that message at the “Resign Now! Megan Barry” rally.
Despite the nude photos, apparent misstatements by the Mayor regarding the police department’s policy on her security, the withholding of information by her office related to the affair, and details about the multiple taxpayer-financed trips she and Sgt. Forrest took while their affair was on-going, the Mayor has refused to resign.
In response to the most recent call for her resignation issued by The Tennessean editorial board, Sean Braisted, the Mayor’s Director of Communications issued the following statement on behalf of the Mayor:
‘I was elected to serve as mayor by the voters of Davidson County, and I will continue to do so,’ she said. ‘The Tennessean is welcome to their opinion.’
According to Councilman Steve Glover, however, the Mayor’s assessment of the public’s opinion may not be accurate.