STATE DEMOCRATIC HEAD SAYS FIELDS SOLUTION REACHED
Resignation now, with option for lawyer to run again later for the executive committee.
October 6, 2005 at 4:00AM
The shell game that has been the local Democrats Richard Fields controversy may have come to at least a temporary stop as of Thursday afternoon, according to state party chairman Bob Tuke of Nashville, who says that he, local Democratic chairman Matt Kuhn, and lawyer Fields have reached an agreement on the issue of Fields further membership in the partys executive committee.Im hopeful that it will be mutually acceptable to all parties and am confident it will be, said Tuke, who would not give details but promised to reveal them at the Thursday night meeting of the local Democratic executive committee at the IBEW building on Madison.Previously scheduled for that meeting was a debate on a resolution to expel Fields from the committee for taking part in Republican Terry Rolands appeal of his 13-vote election defeat by Democrat Ophelia Ford in last months special state Senate election.According to one informed source, Fields has agreed to resign from the local committee with the option to run again when a vacancy occurs. Meanwhile, he is apparently free to continue litigating on Roland's behalf.Tuke, who seemed confident that the previous expulsion resolution, which had bitterly divided the committee, would not need to be voted on, also said that Thursday night's meeting would be fully open to the media.