Outtakes: Mayor Dean Won't Take Sides in Lineweaver Race



If you haven't yet, go read Joey Garrison's excellent City Paper piece today on Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver and his political struggle to keep the $115,000-a-year job. Like many other characters who have come and gone in the history of Metro government, Lineweaver is a complicated guy -- both maddening and endearing. One moment he's a caricature of old politics, the next a rational spokesman for common sense.

In the meantime, as part of an unrelated interview, Pith asked Mayor Karl Dean whether he has any plans to weigh in on the race. (No dice.)

As a lawyer and public official, what are your thoughts on the juvenile court clerk race and whether the incumbent deserves to keep his job?

"I'm not going to get involved in the juvenile court clerk's race. There are a lot of candidates in it, and I'll let the voters decide. The only, um ... I'm just not going to get involved."

It affects families and children, and represents a crucial part of the local criminal justice system, so I thought you might have some thoughts on it.

"It affects families and children, and I'm sure the voters of Davidson County will have an opportunity to judge all the candidates and make the right decision in the Democratic primary, and I'll leave it to the voters. I haven't really gotten involved in other elections this cycle, although I'm a big fan of [public defender candidate] Dawn Deaner's -- she's unopposed."

Way to go out on a limb, Mayor (laughs).

"But I was out there long before she was unopposed. I hosted her first fundraiser. I know a lot about that office, and I hired her, so it's a little bit different."

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