The Amp hits a pothole; the WTF PAC finds candidates to back; in and out in House 51

nashville_sceneSteven Hale. Political Notebook. Nashville Scene. March 20, 2014.

WTF FTW: When Women for Tennessee’s Future — that’s WTF to you — appeared on the political scene last fall, their name and first act made their goals pretty clear.

With a $3,000 contribution to At-Large Councilwoman Megan Barry’s 2015 mayoral campaign, the political action committee announced their mission of encouraging more progressive women to run for office and pledging to support them if and when they did. A little more than six months later, the group has skin in the game.

As of the latest financial disclosures filed in January, WTF has contributed the maximum amount of $7,400 to Barry’s mayoral campaign and $3,000 to Mary Mancini’s campaign for state Senate District 21. Earlier this month, the PAC endorsed Diane Lance in her bid for district attorney. (And while it’s still early, they presumably have another candidate to support in Jennifer Buck Wallace, who’s running to replace the outgoing Rep. Mike Turner in House District 51.)

Given the number of prominent and politically influential women who turned out for a fundraising soiree at Barry’s house last fall, it’s no shock to find them following through. As was emphasized then, all five at-large seats on the Metro Council will be open in 2015. Don’t be surprised to see the PAC putting wind in the sails of women who want to fill them. WTF is happening.