Normally I think highly of Les Smith, but after he moderated a program and actually thought that one of the candidates would make a good Chairman, especially compared to the others he was in the race with, I have to seriously reconsider my original opinion of him. Maybe he was just trying to be "pc" about it, but I am not sure.
The man he praised is a big reason the Party is in trouble now. He is a divisive and disingenuous person, and why it is difficult to keep good, progressive people involved in the Party. This man will bring the Party down lower than it is right now, and I thought that was impossible.
There are a few competent people running and/or considering to run for Mayor, but Mike Williams is not one of them for the Mayor's positon. He is a nice guy, but he is not a negotiator nor a people-person. You need a Mayor who will keep their cool in situations to resolve them and compromise to get what you want for your constituents. Mike has shown during labor negotiations, that he is a hothead and tries to resolve issues and get his way by making veiled threats. That accomplishes nothing, and further complicates matters.
Paul Boyd is another incompetent politician. Just ask any lawyer who has to deal with his office.
In response to Jeff:
This two-step process is how the Republicans do it as well. In a large county like Shelby, Davidson, Knox, etc., you can do a one-day election but it will take several hours to do the entire process. A two-step or two-day process only means 2 - 3 hours.
How do you think the Parties should select their Executive Committees?
In response to "Misery":
Mike Williams gets paid to stand up to the Mayor & City Council. It is his full-time paycheck.
The reason the Mayor & City Council had to take a hard line on the pension issue was to not raise your taxes, and because the unions/city employees got whatever they wanted in the past without any consideration of "the future/money runs out". Herenton & previous Council just kept taking the "easy way out" by "kicking the can down the road"
The Mayor does not get a new car each year and his note is not that much since he leases it And yes, the Mayor of Memphis needs security just like every other Mayor of a major city.
Mayor Luttrell has security and I do not see you complaining about him. The security presence is to prevent anything from happening to the Mayor of Memphis, not necessarily Wharton. If something was to happen to the person in the Office of the Mayor of Memphis, then that would be a weakness in the security of Memphis, just like something happening to Governors or the President.
in response to "ICare":
Fact: Mr. Cohen got the endorsement, support and money of AFSCME International.
Fact: The National unions do not like it when their locals go against them, it makes the National look bad, etc.
Fact: Ricky, you, etc. would call AFSCME International and question the actions of the local, if you were in Cohen's position.
Fact: It is easy to find out who did the President Chalmers for Wilkins bill board, just ask the bill board company and then, do some investigation from that point forward.
Fact: Cohen HAS BEEN ENDORSED by the other unions, which comprise more members and more diversity.
Fact: The opponent has not given any difference on the issues for voting for anyone other than Cohen, and the numbers and support show it.
in response to "EdRed":
"Doesn't that sentence raise a red flag with anybody? Or is everyone that apathetic?."
Ricky Wilkins, you, etc. would pick up the phone and raise Cain if the National Union endorsed and supported you, and the local decided to support your opponent. And when the National Union came down on the local for making the national look bad, again you would be encouraging the national union to do so.
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