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What do we do with Nick Steward?

 
Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

Clarksville, TN – Ward 1 Clarksville City Councilman Nick Steward has come clean.

We think.

While being interviewed on my talk show, “Clarksville in Review,” Nick admitted to stealing from the Army, and being kicked out because of it.  He also admitted to receiving a DUI in Arkansas in 2010, before he was elected to the council in November of the same year.

According to a background check provided by the Common Sense Coalition, Nick has had his fair share of legal problems, and questions have swirled around him since he first burst onto the Clarksville political scene.

Character and integrity right?  That’s what we want right?  Right??

Who is this kid?  Where did he come from?  Does anybody really know Nick Steward?

Well, the picture is getting a little clearer.

I remember when Nick Steward walked into my office a couple of years ago and wanted to meet me.  We talked for a while, and I thought, “seems like a nice kid.”  Steward then started turning up everywhere.  He never missed a meeting, or an event.  He was working on getting to know his community and the people who make it great, including all of the “power” brokers.

I never had any reason to suspect him of anything.  I never had a reason to dig into Nick Steward’s past.  He told me he was a veteran, was a real estate agent, had a child, and was married (at the time.)   Seemed alright.

None of the local media felt the need to vet Nick Steward either.  We dropped the ball on that one.

Shame on us.

Citizens and the media have gotten lazy when it comes to politicians.  Heaven knows we’ve all got a lot of things to worry about. We decide to vote for someone based on one or two issues, or whatever their “spin doctors” sell us.  Not the entire package.

The media does not perform it’s due diligence anymore when it comes to public officials. They’re just looking for the headlines or the “clicks.”  I take my fair share of responsibility on that one. Media outlets just don’t have the resources to do some of the things we used to do.  In my world, I can only do so much.

But…

When a person receives a general discharge, and has their rank reduced from E-4 to E-1, that’s some serious stuff. If you blow below the legal limit, and still pay over $1300 in fines for that offense, something doesn’t fit. These revelations have caused a lot of Nick’s closest friends to re-examine their relationship.

I can’t speak for his volunteers, but if I had given my time, talents and money to him and this comes out “after the fact” I would be pretty pissed off. Just think of the people who have given him money, and who’s names will be made public for doing so.

Tough one.

What if there’s something else?

I believe Nick Steward is making a serious effort to make good on his mistakes. I believe he wants to be a better person.  I also believe he’s consumed with his political career, and has his plan all mapped out. I believe he was prepared for this information to become public, as it has, and will make his next move accordingly.

I will forgive Nick Steward for his mistakes, because that’s what God tells me I should do, and God knows I’ve needed people to forgive me in my life, and I’m thankful for that.

The voters in Ward 1, and District 74 need to decide if Nick Steward is their guy. As much as I would like to see someone from Clarksville hold that seat, I don’t think this is the time.

To hear the entire “Clarksville in Review” interview, listen to the podcast.

For more on the story, see: Nick Steward answers critics, admits to stealing from Army


About Hank Bonecutter

    Hank Bonecutter

    Hank Bonecutter is a forty year broadcast veteran and former radio station owner. His career included, talk-show host, journalist, writer, and producer.  He is president of Bonehead Promotions, an advertising consulting and media firm. He is the owner of www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com and www.nashvillesportsnetwork.com, and is a contributing author/journalist for Clarksville Online.

    Hank worked at several Nashville radio stations, including WKDF, WLAC, WKQB and WKDA.

    He hosted and produced Clarksville’s longest running morning talk-show, “The Bone Show,” from 1994-2012.

    Hank is also a stand-up comedian, having performed at some of the top comedy clubs in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia.

    Hank produced a series of stand-up comedy shows, “Comedy on the Cumberland, ” in Clarksville to benefit local charities.

    You can follow Hank on Facebook and Twitter, @bonecutter01 and @boneheadnews.

    Web Site: http://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com/
    Email: hbonecutter@clarksvilleonline.com

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3 Responses to “What do we do with Nick Steward?”

  1. c.d.lamberth Says:
    July 17th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    What do we do, indeed? I met Nick at a Houston County Tea Party meeting and was very favorably impressed with a young man who seemed genuine in his introduction as an “honest” person with rock solid conservative convictions. He assured me as I looked into his eyes that he was “one of us” and not only shared our philosophic and moral values, but desired to work in government to bring about change for the better. I was duly impressed and even proud of his service to our country. I still am. However,in purposely omitting certain facts concerning his service, and his DUI,I am of the opinion he’d do well to withdraw from the race forthwith. If he’s truly sorry, and he truly seeks to someday serve in an elected capacity, and he truly seeks to further the conservative cause, then he should immediately suspend his campaign and throw his efforts into getting another conservative elected. I cannot in good coscience support Nick Steward in this election, and urge him to step aside. I too, can and will forgive him. In a couple years time, providing he’s come clean and nothing else lies hidden,I could and would support him in another political bid for office. In the meantime, Nick Steward needs to do the right thing in this matter. Step aside.

  2. c.d.lamberth Says:
    July 17th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Wow! Sorry! Didn’t mean to upset the apple-cart!

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