Monday, June 11, 2012

Steve Hunley Use To Think Mike Hammond Was 'da Bomb

Today's column by Georgiana Vines is an interesting read. The story is regarding a recent poll for Steve Hunley's weekly newspaper "Focus" based in Fountain City.

It seems that Hunley commissioned a poll about the popularity and re-electablity of County Commissioner Mike Hammond, now Commission Chairman.

Hammond rightfully indicates to Vines this appears to be a form of intimidation. As Hammond states, "I am term limited"

Which begs to question why would Hunley take it upon himself to be Hammond's political advisor and pollster?

Interesting, because Hunley once thought that Hammond was 'da bomb. Especially in the early days of the launch of Con Hunley's country music career, Con is Steve Hunley's brother. This was back when Hammond was influential at country radio station WIVK. Hammond's career spanned more than 30 years before recently leaving to join Q93.1 in Knoxville.

Now, Hunley's son Stephen is pursuing a singing career and Hammond has been helpful in promoting that endeavor.

It is interesting to note all the press attention Hunley's pollster Ben Farmer has received. Farmer was first introduced to the political scene in Knoxville between 2002 - 2005 to many Republican insiders by then advisor to Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, Tyler Harber.

Of course Harber has moved on to a bigger and higher profile stage. Harber is a political advisor based out of Washington, DC and appears on Fox & Friends and other Fox News programs as a regular political pundit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hunley is only interested in what benefits Hunley. Hammond can actually think for himself, unlike many of SH's other political puppets. What's really scary is the influence he seems to have on Mayor Burchett. SH needs Burchett much more than Burchett needs the Focus, and the quicker Tim figures it out, the better.