I'm sure all of you know by now the news about Councilman Brady Banks. I won't get into the details, you can find that elsewhere. As it seems traffic is being driven to my blog because of a story I wrote a couple weeks ago regarding his potential for the Senate District 20 spot, I thought I'd say something.
I understand the "game is the game," I'm one of the worst offenders in treating politics as sport. We've all, at one time or another, experienced some level of schadenfreude over the failings of a politician because they were a member of another party or because we didn't like them. So I understand the inclinations of some Republicans or people who hate the Mayor as to why they would relish in this news.
For many of us though, especially many readers of this blog in Nashville, this is a personal story about a friend who made a horrible mistake and has deeply and perhaps irreparably hurt his wife and marriage. His political career is irrelevant at this point, for those closest to him that is what we are concerned about. So, I ask all of us to try and be better people, not just in our own lives but in how we treat those who fall, because we have all done things we aren't proud of at one time or another, and being a real friend means being there for someone in good times and in bad.