Friday, September 14, 2007
Mayor Herenton is a happier man right now
Why, you ask? Because the Commercial Appeal did exactly what everyone expected, and endorsed Herman Morris for Mayor, proving the Mayor's point that the white business establishment wants someone nice and polite that they can control.
I am willing to bet that as you are reading this, the Mayor's campaign staff is eagerly distributing copies of the endorsement to every African-American neighborhood in the city. Hell, by the time they're done, John Willingham will pull more African-American votes than Herman Morris, given the distinct lack of popularity of the CA in that community. the humorously ironic part of this is that I can just imagine Chris Peck, Otis Sanford and Wendi Thomas congratulating themselves on their marvelous choice.
Interestingly enough, the Stonewall Democrats and the Tennessee Equality Project both endorsed Morris, despite the fact that one of Morris' biggest supporters is that noted lover of gay rights, Leo "LaSimba" Gray. Oh well, maybe they can all have a group hug on Herman's behalf.
Whither Chumney in all of this? Glad you asked. Given that they can't keep signs in the HQ because each order is gone within minutes and that most folks have figured out that the only real chance to have a new Mayor is to support Carol, she is rocking hard.
What do you think all those folks in East Memphis who have been trying to decide whether to support their old friend Willingham or go for Carol will think when their hated enemy, the CA comes out for Morris? I'll bet the Chumney sign machine will explode from overwork, that's what.
Carol Chumney has a coalition of working people, middle-class people,retired people, all of whom have been hurt by the increase in crime and the devaluation of their property due to that crime, which has led to MIDDLE-CLASS flight from Memphis (it's black folks who are leaving in droves, now, people) and they know that this may be their last chance to turn things around.
Mayor Herenton neither has the energy nor the desire to turn things around, it's all become a pissing contest for him, and he knows Morris can't win; that's why he loves the CA endorsement. All he has to do is say "Look at those white folks and the black folks who want to be white folks, look who they want to win, the guy I fired. Can you believe that?"
It also means he will continue to try and ignore Chumney, who is the only viable candidate with a real plan for change. We can't let that happen, not if we want to see this city in which we have all invested pieces of our lives grow and change for the better.
Early voting begins today at the locations noted here; go, and take friends with you. Carol needs your vote, your help, your money, whatever you can provide to ensure her victory for ALL Memphians on October 4.
I don't want to imagine the alternative.