A man vying for a top spot in Metro's government is apologizing for what he calls an inexcusable comment about the former Mayor's family.

In a Facebook post, Matt Del Rossi wrote, “I’m not like Megan Barry. I don’t let my loved ones die from Addiction.”

“I said it to be shocking because I am not getting any attention,” said Del Rossi.

“I would like to apologize. I relate to that. I have had a lot of family members struggle with addiction. I've had a lot of friends struggle with addiction and I have lost a lot of friends and family to addiction,” said Del Rossi.

Del Rossi said the comment was taken out of context.

He claimed it was in response to a person criticizing him for contacting a woman he was ordered by a judge to stay away from.

Del Rossi said he reached out to the woman because he was concerned.

“You hear about overdoses all the time and I was trying to stop that from happening,” said Del Rossi.

Barry sent us this statement in response to Del Rossi’s post:"I'm grateful to live in a city full of compassionate, kind-hearted people whose numbers vastly outweigh the hateful few who seek political gain from another person's tragedy. I will continue to do my part to bring awareness to the issue of addiction in the hopes that I can spare another family the unbearable pain of losing a child or loved one to drugs."Del Rossi also opened up about his criminal background which includes a DUI arrest and violation of an order of protection.

He said he's made mistakes, but still wants your vote.

“I hope you consider me Nashville. I am just a regular guy. I am a normal guy who is willing to go the extra mile for people,” said Del Rossi.

The two other two candidates for vice mayor are Shari Weiner and Jim Shulman, who are both who are currently serving on Metro Council.

Early voting begins Friday. The general election is Aug. 2.

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