the truth about sabra hodge's campaign

the truth about sabra hodge's campaign

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Dan Hodge

Cross Plains, TN

#1 Oct 30, 2010
Part 1: As I sit here and contemplate whether or not to respond to the vitriol on many of these forums, I can't help but wonder if it would just be a waste of my time. You call my wife (Sabra) evil, a snake, a liar, greedy, a gossip, a hypocrite, taking advantage of flood victims and making up stories that we have no idea where they come from, that she has no shame and accusing her father of buying votes, then you say that she's a Digger drone, you claim she is a selfish cruel human being and has some sort of real estate connection and wants to take advantage of everyone and then says she ought to be ashamed. You attack our decision to close our store and then blame us for trying to make a living outside the county. You claim that she attacks existing businesses in our advertisements and you seriously think she wants to hurt them in some way. No less than half a dozen forums do nothing but attack her character. I did some revealing research and found that you will not find any of these forums attacking Shoemake or Bowman. All of the personal attacks have been on Sabra by Shoemake and Bowman supporters. Think about it………. These forums could hold the answer to some of our problems with new ideas, but a handful of you hide behind your made up names and spew your venom. I didn't write this to change the mind of the hateful but rather to set the record straight for those of you who give a damn………. I want to address Sabra's advertisements of the past couple of weeks. We have received overwhelming positive response to the ads showing vacant buildings in Carthage. Several weeks ago we decided to go around and take pictures of all the vacant properties in town. I think we were like most people, driving around town, running day to day errands and never noticing how many buildings were vacant. It was very powerful to us and moved us deeply to see all the vacancies on one computer screen in front of us………. We did some research to find out if these properties were being marketed anywhere outside the county, which they were not, in any organized manner. A couple of the larger ones were but not the rest………. We decided to show all of these pictures at our booth at "Rendezvous on the Square" to see if people would have the same response as we did prior to putting it in advertisement form. People were making comments like, "we had no idea", and they would just stare and shake their heads. We knew then we had a very powerful statement about the "State of Carthage". It was also pointed out to us that a couple of the buildings had businesses move in since we took the photographs, those were NOT put into the ads………. The advertisements were meant to provoke thought. To provide a visual of the vacant buildings and the downward spiral that Carthage has been going through for at least the past 20 years. It is our belief and MANY others that there has not been any proactive planning for our city's growth and the leaders of this town should be blamed and should be replaced. The present administration would lead you to believe that it's the national economy that has caused the problems. We would argue that had we had a diverse small business environment that we would have weathered better in down times……….
Dan Hodge

Cross Plains, TN

#2 Oct 30, 2010
Part 2: Now, to address Studio 25 and Ms. Meadow's accusations that we were trying to be misleading and insensitive. No pictures of existing businesses were shown. No individual businesses that were open, closed or moved were mentioned. We're sorry you misunderstood the intent of the ad but we did nothing to apologize for. If I may be blunt, you have been in your current place of business for more than 2 years. All of your regular customers know your present location so I'm left to believe that you are upset that your signs showed up in one of the vacant building photos. With all due respect, every day that goes by that your sign is over a vacant building advertises that you are closed to the new customer that may be looking for your services. That person may not pass your current location and therefore you are doing your own disservice, much more than any one time ad that Sabra ran………. Also, I do not believe that you can just think our town is quaint and it becomes quaint. We all need to take a long hard tough look at our surroundings and rather than accept it, do something to make it better. And that won't happen until we are truly honest with where we are today. So, we'll have to disagree that exposing the 800 pound gorilla in the living room (by showing these pictures) is going to upset past business owners, give out of town readers the wrong impression or that Sabra is trying to put down our town……….
Dan Hodge

Cross Plains, TN

#3 Oct 30, 2010
Part 3: As to any other photo in the ad, there were no signs showing in any of the other pictures other than Carter Hardware, Markham's and LaVilla. Our reasoning for these last three was Carter Hardware had going out of business signs all over town, Markham's hasn't opened their doors in a very long time and we were shocked to hear just prior to ad deadline that LaVilla was closing abruptly……….. Out of the dozens of positive feedback calls, the only other negative comment we heard was from Mrs. Nye of Carthage Flowers & Gifts. She was upset because we showed her old location that had no sign or any indication of what was there, just another vacant building. She made the decision to move off the main drag to a less noticeable location and argued that our ad would affect her business… not moving, but Sabra's ad. I've heard that she has a wonderful business but being on the back row so to speak requires more advertising. I'm sorry she misunderstood the ad as well, but we said nothing about her business and we wish her well just as we do Studio 25. My daughter has patronized Studio 25 for some time………. Now to address those numbskulls that say we're insensitive of the folks at Carter Hardware. We just stated the facts. Carter Hardware is closing. Mr. Carter and I discussed the ad, our businesses and the business climate of Carthage in a recent phone conversation. He and I have seen and discussed the problems in Carthage over the years. So if you really want to know how he feels about this town and Sabra's ad, just give him a call, better yet, go buy something from him and have a conversation. Also, I'm sure they appreciate the shameful statements some of you have made to the public about their personal life and why you think they choose to do what they do…..….. From 1994 to 2002 Sabra & I spent hundreds of hours developing and promoting the "Smith Co. Fall Heritage Festival". A small group of business owners and volunteers did the same and tried their best to bring commerce to this town because nothing was being done to promote Carthage. The proceeds from these festivals provided funding for the sidewalk lamps that are on Main Street today. We also provided fundraising opportunities to non profits such as the Rotary Club, The Boy Scouts, The Rescue Squad, countless Churches and social organizations. So pardon me if I don't agree with some of you that think we don't care about the people or the businesses in Carthage. How much of YOUR personal time have any of YOU GIVEN to promote commerce, good will and ideas to the town of Carthage?......... There are deeper problems to understand before progress can happen. Such as the median income for the area and whether they can support local businesses, a willing and able workforce, the education level of that work force, affordable and appropriate locations for new business upstarts and an attentive government that lays the ground work for this to happen. There is no way though, to move forward if there are negative people who try and drag every idea into the gutter. So if you don't mind… we'll just ignore you until YOU change your mind……..… So, go ahead Shoemake and Bowman supporters, take your best shot. Show the readers of this forum your true colors. If either one of you makes it in as Mayor, we'll see the kind of supporters you have… will there be respectful discussions of the issues or will it be more baseless character attacks. Thank you for taking the time to read our side of this story.

Since: Oct 10

Portland, TN

#4 Oct 30, 2010
I havent posted on any of the other topics about thsi but had to wonder when I saw the add why did it she Pepperonis?
Dan Hodge

Cross Plains, TN

#5 Oct 30, 2010
The building centered in the photo you refer to is vacant and happens to be next to the restaurant.

Since: Oct 10

Portland, TN

#6 Oct 30, 2010
I thought there was Value Rentals and a Bank next to them. The picture appears to be of the restaurant. I think the add would have been better accepted if it had said vacant instead of closed across each picture. Just my opinion though.
Dan Hodge

Cross Plains, TN

#7 Oct 30, 2010
Smurfmomma wrote:
I thought there was Value Rentals and a Bank next to them. The picture appears to be of the restaurant. I think the add would have been better accepted if it had said vacant instead of closed across each picture. Just my opinion though.
I wouldn't disagree with that
super bad ass

Monticello, FL

#8 Oct 30, 2010
Does your wife not know where the city limits end I saw pictures of businesses that aren't in Carthage and if she don't know where town is how you expect us to believe she can run it
hmmmmmmm

Easley, SC

#9 Oct 30, 2010
It seems to me that there do need to be changes made and more often that not, change is painful and scary. It also seems very funny to me that there isnt any negativity toward Dale or Emily..maybe it is because Sabra has more to say, so she is the target of the negativity..not sure. It is interesting to say the least..and BTW, I'm not sure who gets my vote yet.
super bad ass

Monticello, FL

#10 Oct 30, 2010
I just dying to hear the excuse for protreying closed businesses that aren't even in town could this be abuse of power maybe not she's not been crowned yet
liar like your wife

White House, TN

#11 Oct 30, 2010
Dan Hodge wrote:
The building centered in the photo you refer to is vacant and happens to be next to the restaurant.
Nice speech did Digger write that for you? It is not the fact that the other candidates are trying to make your wife look bad she has done that all by herself. There have been many negative things said about Mr.Bowman, Mr. Shoemake & Ms Thaxton on this forum. I just don't see any of them on here writing a 60 page novel trying to defend themselves. Only guilty people do that. You know that everything that everyone has said about your wife on here is true. She WILL NOT BE A GOOD LEADER FOR CARTHAGE she does not treat others with respect, she is condescending & cold. Carthage needs a Mayor who is going to go out there & talk to the people & work with them side by side to rebuild this town. Not someone who is just going to sit around and talk the talk & point the blame. How many times did you run & lose the election for Mayor of Carthage. Looks like Digger had to go with pan B & is banking on your wife winning because he knows that you can't. You both are just not what Carthage needs. I cannot see either one of you working with anyone trying to get anything done. I cannot see either of you talking to someone who may not dress in the manner that you do. We all know that you both think that you are better than most of the people you are begging for votes. The future of Carthage is at stake in this election. It could be a very nice little town but your wife is not the one who will get us to that point. She has no clue how to stick it out & really roll up her sleeves to get something done. When the going got tough she backed up her things & moved her business to Coolsprings. A FACT THAT PEOPLE WILL NOT FORGET! The people of Carthage do not need or want a mayor like that. One who will just throw up their hands & say Oh Well...it is a hopeless cause!!! Do not blame anyone but yourselves for what people think about you or your wife. It is your actions that have SPOKE VOLUMES not a few little threads on a forum. Carthage deserves better than the Hodges & Digger Poindexter running the show. They deserve someone who is going to make a difference for all of Carthage not just for themselves. How many of those vacant buildings does Digger own & how does Sabra plan on filling up those empty buildings? I believe that is a question that deserves an answer since she is the one who pointed them out? I pray that people have more sense than to vote for your wife like they had the sense not to vote for you! Another thing I see that you pointed out all the you say you have done for Carthage...I is just you again pointing out the fact that since you have done a few things around town that you deserve a pat on the back...anything to get a vote! We will see just how right I am come election day! NO ONE WANTS DIGGER AS MAYOR!
Dan Hodge

Cross Plains, TN

#12 Oct 30, 2010
super bad ass wrote:
Does your wife not know where the city limits end I saw pictures of businesses that aren't in Carthage and if she don't know where town is how you expect us to believe she can run it
You're missing the point, re-read initial post.......
Dan Hodge

Cross Plains, TN

#13 Oct 30, 2010
liar like your wife wrote:
<quoted text>Nice speech did Digger write that for you? It is not the fact that the other candidates are trying to make your wife look bad she has done that all by herself. There have been many negative things said about Mr.Bowman, Mr. Shoemake & Ms Thaxton on this forum. I just don't see any of them on here writing a 60 page novel trying to defend themselves. Only guilty people do that. You know that everything that everyone has said about your wife on here is true. She WILL NOT BE A GOOD LEADER FOR CARTHAGE she does not treat others with respect, she is condescending & cold. Carthage needs a Mayor who is going to go out there & talk to the people & work with them side by side to rebuild this town. Not someone who is just going to sit around and talk the talk & point the blame. How many times did you run & lose the election for Mayor of Carthage. Looks like Digger had to go with pan B & is banking on your wife winning because he knows that you can't. You both are just not what Carthage needs. I cannot see either one of you working with anyone trying to get anything done. I cannot see either of you talking to someone who may not dress in the manner that you do. We all know that you both think that you are better than most of the people you are begging for votes. The future of Carthage is at stake in this election. It could be a very nice little town but your wife is not the one who will get us to that point. She has no clue how to stick it out & really roll up her sleeves to get something done. When the going got tough she backed up her things & moved her business to Coolsprings. A FACT THAT PEOPLE WILL NOT FORGET! The people of Carthage do not need or want a mayor like that. One who will just throw up their hands & say Oh Well...it is a hopeless cause!!! Do not blame anyone but yourselves for what people think about you or your wife. It is your actions that have SPOKE VOLUMES not a few little threads on a forum. Carthage deserves better than the Hodges & Digger Poindexter running the show. They deserve someone who is going to make a difference for all of Carthage not just for themselves. How many of those vacant buildings does Digger own & how does Sabra plan on filling up those empty buildings? I believe that is a question that deserves an answer since she is the one who pointed them out? I pray that people have more sense than to vote for your wife like they had the sense not to vote for you! Another thing I see that you pointed out all the you say you have done for Carthage...I is just you again pointing out the fact that since you have done a few things around town that you deserve a pat on the back...anything to get a vote! We will see just how right I am come election day! NO ONE WANTS DIGGER AS MAYOR!
So, who are you for so everyone will know...
liar like your wife

White House, TN

#14 Oct 30, 2010
Dan Hodge wrote:
<quoted text>
So, who are you for so everyone will know...
I live in Tanglewood...Morris Subdivision so it does not matter I cannot vote in the city election anyway! I was introduced to your wife a few weeks ago & she was so sugary sweet & so interested in what I had to say until she found out that could not vote for her! She had the nerve to turn completely around & start talking to the person she was talking to before we were introduced. She did not even say nice to meet you or kiss my ass she just turned right around as if she had not been talking to me at all! If that is how she treats people then she does not need to be in office! I was told not to take it personal because that is how she is...but I did take it personal & I will tell everyone I know what my OPINION is of her! She is a rude, insensitive self serving bitch! So now you know!
super bad ass

Monticello, FL

#15 Oct 30, 2010
Dan Hodge wrote:
<quoted text>
You're missing the point, re-read initial post.......
No I saw your ad.Is your wife running for county mayor? The point is she wanted Carthage to look worse than it really is. I was undecided until I saw that ad my family is new to this area and that ad convinced us(4 voters) who we wouldn't vote for thank you you see a snake and paint it its still a snake
super bad ass

Monticello, FL

#16 Oct 30, 2010
I reread your initial posts again Mr Hodge and if you and your wife rode around town taking pics you don't know where town is either
Concerned Citizen

Waterloo, Canada

#17 Oct 30, 2010
Dan, I am 100% behind you guys. It takes a real man to get on here and defend his family under attack by many mindless people. I think it is great what you all are doing for this community and support the Hodges all the way! I'm just glad that someone is finally taking initiative to change things for the better in this town instead of the current EXTREMELY NONACTIVE mayor we do have. If Sabra does win, I can see real changes coming our way! I really hope she does win so that when things do change, the people on here will see that and can bite their tongue for even saying anything negative in the first place! Good luck to Sabra in the campaign, I will most definitely be voting for her on Election Day! Hope you have a great and blessed day!
town guy

Monticello, FL

#18 Oct 30, 2010
I heard a rumor that the owner of Peperonis is going to get a store in cool springs he's already got a lawyer can you say karma- slander
plumb sober

Monticello, FL

#19 Oct 30, 2010
Dan Hodge wrote:
The building centered in the photo you refer to is vacant and happens to be next to the restaurant.
There is no empty building there is this another attempt to cover up for your incompatince or your wife's. I went into Peperonis and spoke with the owner and he's really pissed but wouldn't comment because his lawyer told him not to
Oh Really

Portland, TN

#20 Oct 30, 2010
The building isn't vacant. Maybe you should call the owner of the property before you put a picture of their property in the paper.

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