Ulterior motive in removal of signs?

Why did Lenoir City Council pick this particular moment to ban political signs from rights of way? Such signs have been an intrinsic part of Lenoir City political life for as long as any resident can remember.

There’s a simple answer: This is the first election in a generation when Democrats have good chance of winning at all levels.

Former Tennessee governor and moderate Democrat Phil Bredesen is widely popular in the state and county. Former Nashville mayor Karl Dean has a great story to tell about his amazing success with economic growth, even in the face of the Great Recession.

With the end of the Duncan dynasty, the Knoxville area could well find itself with a Democratic member of Congress, joining Tennessee’s other great cities. Renee Hoyos is a superb candidate as has been readily observable each of the many times she has interacted with Loudon County voters. The new vacancy in Tennessee House District 21 has attracted an excellent candidate in Laura Miller, and Stuart Starr’s candidacy for the Tennessee Senate represents the first credible challenge for this seat in many years.

What better time to try to freeze the one-party rule that’s existed in Loudon County for a generation? What better way to maintain the status quo than to try to muzzle those working to bring a breath of fresh air to our county’s politics? Suppressing political speech is part and parcel with all the tools the GOP uses to hoard power, along with gerrymandering, voter suppression and many others.

Spare us claims that Lenoir City government is “non-partisan.” When the mayor ran for a partisan office, we know which party standard he picked up.

Laurence Best

Lenoir City