Thursday, June 25, 2009

Herenton Resigns

Posted by on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Remember when I live-blogged Mayor Willie Herenton's press conference about the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center?

Well, today, when Herenton announced his resignation (yes, again. Is it a year to the day or what?), I tweeted the press conference here (undoubtably making myself the most annoying person on twitter for a good 45 minutes): https://twitter.com/marycash.

Or, after the jump: my twitter highlights. You know you want to read them ...

Herenton is wearing a yellow tie.

Now he's thanking members of the media for covering a very significant announcement. Oh, this is such a fake out. (UPDATE: Obv. I was wrong!)

WH: "It represents one of the most important announcements I've made in over 30 years of public service."

"It is now a season and a time for me ... to announce to you today effective July 10, 2009, i will resign my tenure as mayor."

He says he's not retiring from private endeavors or public service. He's joining his son Rodney at Herenton Capital Management. On the public side, he's already announced his intention to run for congress.

WH: "Pursuing one public office while holding another creates an appearance of a conflict of interest."

Talking about race: "When you come to city hall today, there are so many black people here today, they're running over each other."

"In Hall of Mayors, there will now be a portrait reflects diversity of city."

He just mentioned shaking haters off again!

Now talking about his legacy ... who does he think he is, George W. Bush?

"Keith [McGee] has been an outstanding CAO." This definitely explains his recent resignation.

There will be other announcements of retirements of executives who are committed to Herenton administration next week.

Me speculating here re: retirements: Ken Moody? Roland McElrath? Yalanda McFadgon?

WH: "I kind of lost my zeal. I came to work everyday ... I'm the kind of guy who needs to climb mountains and this was getting routine."

Saw trend lines re: future fiscal crisis and he wanted to leave the highest point. The incoming administration will have major challenges.

WH: "A lot of what you read in the newspaper is personal. Very personal. I think I've answered enough questions."

Myron Lowery will be the interim mayor. He came to the microphone after Herenton left.

ML: "Our city will move through this transition in a good, fine way. There will be no major changes. Some personnel changes, as you heard."

Lowery is running for mayor.

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