According to a Tennessee Star commenter earlier this week, while Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and her bodyguard, Sgt. Rob Forrest, were still taking luxury trips abroad and quickie overnights stateside, not only did the thoughtful Mayor make a surprise visit to Sgt. Forrest’s father-in-law in the hospital, but she also attended his funeral nine days later, and get this, hugged Sgt. Forrest’s grieving wife. And being one of the family in a twisted sort of way, the Mayor attended Sgt. Forrest’s daughter’s wedding:
Not only did she visit him in the hospital, but she also attended the man’s funeral and was seen hugging her lover’s grieving wife, and family. It’s also no secret that she was a guest at her lover’s daughter’s wedding as well.
During her public confession, the Mayor let slip that the two-year long affair with Sgt. Forrest that she had worked so hard to conceal, became known somehow to their respective spouses – “Barry said the relationship was discovered during conversations between their spouses and private discussions.”
Between getting caught by the jilted spouses and getting counseled by reporter Phil Williams who disclosed that he had an “incredible” source, the Mayor was left with no option but to admit to the affair if she was going to have any future as a politician – however damaged.
With her makeup and lipstick on, hair in place, she staged a public confession to her two-yearlong “mistake” of sleeping with her policeman bodyguard and lying to everyone around her.
It wasn’t lost on anyone that the timing of her lover’s
resignation “retirement” notice to Police Chief Anderson became effective on January 31, 2018, the same day the Mayor begged for a public flogging in hopes that it would show everyone just how sincerely sorry she was for getting caught in the act.
Or maybe it was really meant to help deflect attention away from the fact that the timing of Sgt. Forrest’s “retirement” was engineered to preserve his $80,000 a year pension earned in part, for taking tryst trips with the Mayor. After all, the couple did sacrifice a planned January 26, 2018, trip to the Grammy Awards.
Since the Mayor’s two year adultery “mistake” was outed, the Mayor’s $5.3 billion dollar price tag for her transit plan, a key item for her political resume, has come under even greater scrutiny. Enough Metro Nashville Council members voted to add the missing transparency from the messaging about the plan that Mayor Barry has resisted.
Admitting to a likely $9+ billion dollar cost for the transit plan (assuming no cost overruns) is not likely to convince voters in May that they just have to have it just like the Mayor finally admitting that for two years she had been deceiving friends and family about what she was really doing with Sgt. Forrest.
Moral of the story: a Mayor whose proven she can’t be trusted with another woman’s husband, is even less likely to be trusted with other people’s money.