Metro Council Member At-Large Steve Glover said on Facebook Monday that new Nashville Mayor John Cooper neglected to thank one key demographic for helping him get elected — conservative voters.
As The Tennessee Star reported last weekend, Cooper and newly-sworn in Vice Mayor Jim Shulman seemed especially preoccupied at their swearing-in ceremony with the additional diversity on the Metro Nashville Council.
This diversity included both Cooper and Shulman recognizing gays, Muslims, and Hispanics.
To that, Glover wrote the following:
“Every group possible was acknowledged other than the solid conservative base that voted in the September 12th election. (I couldn’t have been in this picture without your support) I truly hope that it was a mistake that we were not included when diversity was discussed. I am committed to Mayor Cooper regarding fixing our spending problem and money directional problem in Nashville; but city hall needs to remember we as conservatives made up perhaps the second largest (collective) voter base as a category in the September 12th election,” Glover wrote.
“I noticed it and so did all of the conservative base that voted and watched. I truly hope that if diversity is to be the theme of this council and administration to work as one team, conservatives will not be forgotten again. I am certain that our voice will be heard in the conversations. We, who are conservative, actually have more representation than we have had in several years. Not as a party, but as an approach/belief to governing regardless of the party we may be associated with.”
Glover went on to say that “being a conservative does not have color, gender or one religious background. I certainly know that is my definition of diversity.”
In an emailed statement, Cooper spokeswoman Katie Lentile told The Star the following:
“The challenges we face as a city are going to take everyone coming together to have the best ideas and move forward,” Lentile wrote.
“Together, we will build a Nashville that works for everyone.”
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