So, you may have noticed that there is a City Council candidate for At-Large Seat A named George Wallace. (If you haven't, you can read all about him in our article on the contest.) You may know that there is, or was, another politician by the exact same name, the former Alabama governor best known for declaring, "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." That George Wallace ran for president four times, trumpeting states' rights and appealing for support to white voters alienated by the Democratic Party's embrace of civil rights. Knoxville's own George Wallace is a Realtor and the head of the Knox Housing Partnership, which places affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods. The name aside, there's no reason for us to even mention the two of them in the same blog post. Or at least there wasn't until Knoxville George Wallace posted this picture on his campaign Facebook page over the weekend, of a little sharp-edged memento from 1972:
We called Wallace at his office this morning just to make sure that he's not associating himself with any of the other George Wallace's agenda. "No," he said with a laugh. "Somebody gave that to me. It's just a keepsake." He added, for clarity, "I'm in no way affiliated with that George Wallace."
Good to know.