Pork of the Year: Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry
On January 31, 2018, news broke that Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was having an extramarital affair with her bodyguard. Paying him $174,000 in overtime pay for his work to protect and chauffer her around, the two took junkets to far off locations such as Paris (France, not Tennessee) and Greece on the taxpayers’ dime. Things came crashing down when the security guard’s confiscated cell phone revealed a nude photo of Barry and a nearby black purse that was later proven to be hers. In a salacious twist to an already steamy saga, a caller phoned NewsChannel 5’s tipster hotline and informed the hosts, live on air, that Barry and her beau were frequently witnessed stopping off at the graveyard in her taxpayer-funded SUV, disappearing for 12 to 24 minutes at a time. Soon thereafter, the once rising star appeared in court and pled guilty to felony theft, halting her illustrious political career.
Joey Garrison, Nate Rau, and Adam Tamburin, “Special report: Inside the final 34 days before Megan Barry resigned.” Tennessean. January 31, 2018. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/01/31/nashville-mayor-megan-barryadmits-extramarital-relationship-top-securityofficer/1082374001.
Phil Williams, “Security video shows mayor, bodyguard during early-morning cemetery visits.” NewsChannel 5. February 22, 2018. https://