Gone-We HopeKnox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale said last Wednesday that he would "not likely" seek future political office:
“You never want to totally close the door. In terms of jumping back into something, I don’t see that.”
He noted that he’s already served on the County Commission and he’s in his second term as mayor.
Mike Ragsdale had his eyes on the Governor's Mansion as late as a year and a half ago, but now says that he may never seek public office again. Many voices attempted to bring Mike Ragsdale's corrupt administration to light, while the News-Sentinel largely ignored that corruption. The paper attempted to brush aside Harbergate, and to this day when one looks at the special "Knox County Chaos" section on the News-Sentinel's website, the section on Tyler Harber is mysteriously bare.
Although I do not believe that Mike Ragsdale's being "cleared" in audits conducted by the State Attorney General of abusing public funds amounted to anything close to a serious investigation, at least the political pressure on Ragsdale is such that he will not be able to advance his own wounded political career any further. Many voices have demanded that Ragsdale be brought to justice over the last three years, and this weblog was among them. Combined with the voices of so many others, at least together those voices have helped to insure that one of Tennessee's most corrupt political figures will not take his graft, abuse of power, and corrupt mismanagement to Nashville, and that his stain on the Republican Party can be cleansed.
In the words of the Psalmist: "Let his days be few, and let another take his office."