Will A C Endorse a Candidate for County Mayor?

After talking about pensions and a bold new convention-center proposal last week, the Memphis mayor hinted broadly that he would. And if he does, who gets the nod?

Posted by Jackson Baker on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Wharton at Rotary
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Mayor A C Wharton attracted serious attention last week with his proposal, made in a luncheon address to the Memphis rotary Club, for a modular convention-center complex downtown, focusing on a revamped and repurposed Peabody Place.

So dramatic was Wharton’s proposal that another suggestion made to the Rotarians by the mayor was largely overlooked. That was in a question about the coming elections in Shelby County. In particular, would Wharton, at least a nominal Democrat, support a candidate for county mayor.

His answer was intriguing: “ I am debating that. I want to see how the platforms shape up. The guiding or controlling criterion would be how well you are going too partner with the City of Memphis, not with A C Wharton but how well are you going to partner with the City of Memphis when it comes to our economic de3velopment activities, and that’s what I’m going to Judge it on….

“I’ve got my hands full trying to run the city, and I’m not going to try to run somebody’s campaign, but I am going to weigh in on those issues. I want to hear some real platforms on what we’re going to do with the plight of young male blacks in this city.”

On this latter point, the mayor noted that city residents are liable also for county taxes, and the financial burden of the county’s incarceration facilities. Which is to say, his constituents have a vested interest in how the county plays its hand.

So who gets the nod (if anybody does)? Deidre Malone? Steve Mulroy? Kenneth Whalum? Or Wharton’s mayoral counterpart, Republican incumbent county mayor Mark Luttrell, with whom Wharton has mixed results, partnership-wise?

Meanwhile, the Wharton convention-center proposal was reviewed more or less favorably in the Flyer’s editorial space. Go here to take a look.

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On county alone taxes and services, studies in the past have shown that taxpayers in the county outside Memphis heavily subsidize the county services received by city residents and not the other way around. Most Memphis officials, probably including Wharton, incorrectly believe that Memphis residents subsidize county services used by county residents.

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Posted by jcov40 on 03/23/2014 at 11:06 AM

Wharton is a Republican. Not a nominal Democrat. He endorsed Mark Luttrell in 2006. Lamar Alexander in 2008. Actually a Wharton endorsement would hurt the chances of the Democrat nominee for County Mayor. Wharton is already in the Luttrell camp. He has been for years.

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Posted by stapletondia on 03/23/2014 at 3:39 PM

Perception is reality; just ask any republican about Obama and the ACA!

No one really cares about the truth.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 03/23/2014 at 4:46 PM

A C has been a real dis appointment someone or somebodys are telling him what to think and what to say

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Posted by Wake up Memphis on 04/02/2014 at 7:52 PM
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