Last Tuesday, October 12, Greg Fischer and Jackie Green met for coffee to discuss the first concessions to be made – Jackie drops out, Greg gives Jackie something in return when he endorses Greg. Jackie made it a point to tell several people in the coffee shop that Greg had asked him to meet regarding the mayor’s race. And during the meeting, as they discussed greenfields and anti-sprawl efforts, they must have been oblivious to the world around them. Because several people have reached out to talk about seeing them and hearing them. Guess that won’t go over so well if investigators start poking around.
The most interesting thing people tell me, though? It’s that as Greg was leaving, he stopped to speak with Bruce Lunsford, who was seated at an outside table. I can’t stop laughing about that. Because I’m sure Bruce was gritting his teeth. No love lost there.
But about the 12th. Everyone in the press started getting suspicious that day because Jackie Green was out of character and seemingly nervous. He did things that caused me to raise an eyebrow. Like sending me this email:
Subject: thanks for your tireless work, Jake
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:45:19 -0400
From: Jackie Green
To: Jake The ‘Ville Voice
you are a Louisville treasure.
On its face, the email was a nice gesture and I thanked him (also told him he was crazy for thinking I’m a treasure). But that was seriously out of character for the man. Because 90% of the communication I’d had with him up until that point had been of the challenging sort where he spoke at me like I was part of the problem. Clearly something had changed. Turns out, he’d sent several members of the press and various supporters similar emails. Guess it was to butter them up for what was to come.
Just find it all rather interesting.