Friday, June 15, 2007
This is beyond the pale
Mayor Herenton's Captain Queeg-like performance at his news conference on Thursday was arguably the strangest political event I have witnessed in my 35 years as a Memphian (as of Sunday!).
Of course, Richard Fields has denied the allegations of the "waitress", Gwendolyn Smith, saying that she had told them she knew of Herenton partying with strippers at the Madison Hotel.
Look, our player of a mayor is 67 years old, unmarried, and I don't care what he does in his private life, as long as I don't have to watch. It's not my business as long as all the parties involved are consensual and of legal age, and no one has suggested otherwise.
It is the TIMING of all of this that interests me, one month from the filing deadline and just as Chris Davis at the Flyer has begun to dig hard into what may be a scandal with the sale of Memphis Networx. Coinky-dink? I think not.
This could blow up in his face, as well as that of Herman Morris, and what better way to divert attention from the Networx fiasco than to have this pop up? I haven't been watching Bush and Rove operate all these years for nothing, folks, and I would not put it past Herenton to have known about this before this time and waited until now to make a fuss about it.
Look, I CAN'T sound any more paranoid with this idea than Herenton did at his presser; all he needed was to roll a couple of steel ball bearings in his hand and it would have been Queeg on trial all over again. He invoked that God had revealed this "plot" to him, clearly playing to his base, desperately hoping for sympathy.
He ain't getting it here, that's for sure. If yesterday didn't convince you of his lack of fitness for duty beyond December 31, do us all a favor and don't vote; this city cannot survive four more years of his mismanagement, as the arrow keeps pointing downward.