Public Advocate VP Mark Clayton Responds to Nashville, Tennessee Mayor Scandal
Public Advocate Vice president Mark Clayton responded to reports of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry admiting affair with her former head of security. Clayton is a resident of Nashville, Tennessee and a possible target of political retribution from the Mayor
STATEMENT OF MARK CLAYTON, VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC ADVOCATE
"We believe that Megan Barry has failed to serve Nashville with "complete energy, loyalty and singleness of purpose" and has brazenly betrayed the public interest. Tennessee judicial precedent is clear to us that Megan Barry is statutorily unfit to serve as mayor of Nashville and must resign.
We not only call for for Megan Barry's resignation but also call for an immediate and thorough investigation of misuse of public funds.
"...conflicts of interest exist whenever a legislator or other public official has placed himself in a position where, for some advantage gained or to be gained for himself, he finds it difficult if not impossible to devote himself with complete energy, loyalty and singleness of purpose to the general public interest. The advantage that he seeks is something over and above the salary, the experience, the chance to serve the people, and the public esteem that he gains from public office." Op. Tenn. Atty. Gen. 85-036 (February 14, 1985), quoting 1959 Minnesota Governor's Committee on Ethics and Government Report 17, quoted in Note; Conflict of Interests: State Government Employees, 47 Va. L. Rev. 1034 (1961) (footnote 1).
We demand a thorough criminal investigation as to whether Megan Barry engaged in official misconduct in violation of T.C.A. 39-16-401 et. seq.
If Megan Barry does not resign then she should be subject to removal upon conviction of alleged misuse of public funds for her publicly admitted prurient endeavors pursuant to the T.C.A. 39-16-406 removal process.
The state of Tennessee should thoroughly investigate and prosecute any possible violations of T.C.A. 39-16-402(a) made by Megan Barry in her official capacity as mayor.
Aside from the obvious possible statutory ramifications of Megan Barry's admitted prurient actions on the face of it, we believe that Megan Barry has betrayed all of Nashville by not only by possibly using public funds in an extra-marital affair but also by doing so with a married high-ranking Metro Nashville police officer, who himself should face investigation.
Public Advocate will continue to pray for an thorough investigation and prosecution of any public misconduct statutes under the Tennessee Code.
Clayton says "Megan Barry has been accused of also misusing her office to intentionally divert flood water into my home of in violation of T.C.A. 39-14-104(2) for the benefit of a neighbor of mine who has intentionally, in willful violation of Metro Codes, dammed water and flooded my home in ongoing codes violations.
Clayton said "We are pressing for charges against Megan Barry under T.C.A. 39-14-104(2) as well as other public corruption statutes."
Video of Megan Barry Alledged Corruption to Harm Mark Clayton in Political Retaliation for Successfully Suing Her Spokesman, Sean Braisted, in an official proceeding:
THE LIBERAL WASHINGTON POST REPORTS:
................The affair has also drawn scrutiny to the overtime the officer accrued while managing her detail.
According to the newspaper, Forrest accompanied Barry on trips to Paris, Athens, Washington, New York, Denver, Oakland and other cities in the past year.
Forrest racked up around $33,000 in expenses for the trips and more than $50,000 in overtime in 2017 on top of an $84,500 salary, the Tennessean reported.
Nine of the trips were only Barry and Forrest, including a Greece trip in September, according to the newspaper.