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Dear Councilmember Phil Claiborne,
Elected officials have a responsibility to those they are elected to serve.
They have a responsibility to listen to their constituents, to work in the best interest of the community and to be an effective steward of taxpayer funds.
Unfortunately, Metro Councilmember Clairborne, you have failed in the most basic responsibility: to be civil.
Recently a number of Nashvillians contacted you expressing their opposition to Mayor Dean's 53-cent property tax increase. The communications were respectful and focused on the policy.
Unfortunately, the folks who took the time to contact you on an important matter facing the city, received a derisive, wholly unacceptable reply.
Below is one Nashvillians response from your email address:
From: Phil Claiborne <---@bellsouth.net>
Sent: Wed, May 16, 2012 4:24:09 PM
Subject: RE: Cut Spending, Do Not Raise Taxes
Following this week's passage in the Senate, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is again calling on President Obama to back up his words with action, and veto re-authorization of the Export-Import bank.
AFP President Tim Phillips said, "As a senator, Obama was right when he called the Ex-Im bank a fund for corporate welfare. Now he has a chance to back up all the rhetoric with meaningful action. Our video is a clear challenge to President Obama, asking him to take a stand against corporate welfare and veto re-authorization."
Nashville taxpayers are under attack by Mayor Dean's proposed 13% property tax increase.
We need your help - contact Mayor Dean by clicking here and express your opposition to a massive property tax increase.
Taxpayers should not be on the hook for Nashville's city leaders lack of fiscal responsibility.
Consider for a moment the facts.
This week AFP launched a “Wasteful Spending” ad holding President Obama accountable for his use of taxpayer dollars. The ad highlights the billions of stimulus dollars which have been given to foreign companies, subsidizing their own green energy projects – while 13 million Americans are unable to find jobs.
There is a debate raging in Tennessee between those who want the judiciary to be responsible, loyal to the constitution and those who want an active judiciary; loyal to political ideology.
AFP-TN supports limited, constitutional government and want a judiciary that reflects those values.
Click here to find your state Representative and state Senator - tell them you want an accountable judiciary in Tennessee. You support SJR 710.
Thus, we support a judicial selection process that models the federal constitution. We believe Tennessee's judges should be appointed by the Governor, based on merit, and be held accountable to the people through requiring confirmation from the General Assembly.