Councilwoman Feels Threatened By Mail 1-28-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Councilwoman Feels Threatened By Mail 1-28-2011

Reported By Jonathan Martin
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
Metro Councilwoman Sandra Moore said she thought heated debate over the racetrack at the state fairgrounds was done for now.

Video: Councilwoman Calls Racetrack Letter Insulting


"I thought that was done with. We're through with it. Let's move on," Moore said.
But Thursday night, she called police after receiving a piece of paper in the mail she calls harassing.
"I understand the passion about the fairgrounds. I understand it; I got it. But to cross that boundary to harass me through my mail, that's crossing a boundary," said Moore.
Moore said the paper included a newspaper article about the racetrack issue with her named circled and the words "fat loser" along with an expletive written.
Moore said she only sponsored the bill that would have ended racing because of constituents' complaints about noise. Her bill was defeated.
She said this insult has her concerned about her safety.
"I don't know what a person is going to send next in the mail," she said. "I come at home late at night. I work late at night, so I don't know if someone's going to approach me at my house late at night."
"Some people will look at this and say, 'You're a city leader. You're into politics. This was a contentious issue, and name-calling is a part of it,'" said reporter Jonathan Martin.
"Even though I'm a city leader, should I be harassed?" Moore said.
It isn't the first time a city leader has contacted police.
Councilman Eric Crafton said he received calls threatening him and his family after leading the drive to make English the official language of Metro government, and Councilwoman Erica Gilmore called police after she said she was threatened after reporting an illegal vendor.
Metro police said Moore did the right thing by calling them. Even though there was no threat, with the fairgrounds issue, it's best that they are aware of things like this, they said.

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