Thursday, July 12, 2007
Mayor Wharton, let's talk...
Well, here we are again, and I want to address this to our County Mayor, who is being begged to run for City Mayor against his old buddy, W.W. Herenton.
Mayor Wharton, I maintain that you are the most popular figure in this County, and some people want you to run because they think you're great. Other people think, mistakenly, that you're the only one who can beat Mayor Herenton.
Let's level with each other, shall we? You KNOW what this is about. Sure, Reverends Gray & Adkins are wanting to get revenge against Herenton (who doesn't?), but, for the REAL drivers behind this, Bobby Lanier & Karl Schledwitz, this isn't about Herenton, who is mortally wounded as a candidate and they know it.
This is about stopping Chumney, just like it was 5 years ago. Carol has a growing base of support among a diverse group of people who are tired of seeing the city atrophy, except for Downtown, due to neglect and policies that grease the way for developers to build subdivisions that diminish our resources as a city. I'm sure that both of these guys, your "friends", had to change their drawers when they saw that CA poll showing Carol with a big lead.
You don't help anyone but these guys if you run. Look, Mayor Wharton, Herenton is a wounded bear in his death throes, and if you run, while you may win, WW is going to do EVERYTHING possible to destroy you. Don't think he won't bring up the personal tragedy of your son's situation. If you have ever done ANYTHING wrong, it will be in the street, you can count on it. How can that help when you run for Governor in 2010?
Don't play coy, we KNOW that's why you were raising money earlier this year, you want to make a run for Bredesen's seat. If you do, great, you could only be an improvement. However, if you run for Mayor of Memphis, all of your dirty laundry, however much or little that is, will be out there, because Herenton will have put it there.
Mr. Mayor, wouldn't it be better to save that money? Let Carol become your partner across the Mall who can work with you on the pressing issues of the day, rather than having to fight with whoever might replace you in the County Building.
Mr. Mayor, in your heart, you KNOW you don't want to do this. Tell all of them thanks, but NO thanks, you have a job to do and it's the one to which you were re-elected last year.
Carol will take care of Herenton on her own and then we'll ALL be better off.