April Fools' Day Political Flyer Called Offensive

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April Fools' Day Political Flyer Called Offensive

CREATED Apr 2, 2014

by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn - April Fools' Day is one you either love or hate, but all of the pranks and jokes are normally in good fun.

An April Fools' political flyer from Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall is not being received by some with the same humor he intended. Some are calling it offensive.

Beverly Townsend said she got what she thought was a card in the mail from a charity she donates to.

The outside said "A gift for you." She opened it and out fell a yellow card which was modeled after the card in Monopoly which read "Get Out Of Jail Free."

It was one of 30,000 Hall's re-election campaign sent out.

Since they only went to certain people Townsend felt she and her neighbors in North Nashville were being targeted because of where they live.

"I was appalled to find out that it only came to certain areas," she said. "I find that quite discriminating - very insulting whether intentional or unintentional." 

Hall's opponent in the race for Davidson County Sheriff, Kenny Hardy, also didn't find the card funny.

He said in a statement to NewsChannel 5: "this is tasteless and is not the type of response citizens expect from our elected officials. I don't think anyone who has been incarcerated will find this funny."

Sheriff Hall said he has received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from people about his mailers and they were only sent to active voters.

"We're trying to get the word out and if this is the way to do it, I think we've accomplished that. We've gotten a lot of feedback all day long," said Sheriff Hall.

He said this was a fun way to stand out during a busy election cycle - and meant no offense.