Supportive billboards pop up in Nashville after mayor’s admission of affair
WKRN-TV(NASHVILLE) — If billboards popping up in Nashville are any indication, Mayor Megan Barry’s admission on Wednesday that she had an affair with the former head of her security detail has done little to erode her support among the residents of Tennessee’s largest city.
Case in point: At least two billboards proclaiming “We Love Our Mayor” have been spotted in Nashville. One is situated off Interstate 24 and another is located in downtown Nashville on Silliman Evans Bridge, ABC affiliate WKRN-TV reported on Friday.
According to WKRN-TV, it is unclear who paid for the billboards. WKRN-TV said it reached out to the billboard company for comment but has yet to hear back.
“Today, I have acknowledged publicly that I have engaged in an extramarital affair with the former head of my security detail,” Barry said in a statement Wednesday, of the affair with retired Metro Nashville Police Department Sgt. Robert Forrest.
Barry continued, “I accept full responsibility for the pain I have caused my family and his. I am so sorry to my husband, Bruce, who has stood by me in my darkest moments and remains committed to our marriage, just as I am committed to repairing the damage I have done.”
At a press conference Wednesday, following her statement’s release, Barry told reporters that the affair “is over.”
Forrest, meanwhile, said in a statement, “I deeply regret that my professional relationship with Mayor Barry turned into a personal one. This has caused great pain for my wife, my family, friends and colleagues. At no time did I ever violate my oath as a police office or engage in actions that would abuse the public trust.”
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