Wharton agreed with Cohen that his own two mayoral victories, Obamas success in this years Democratic presidential-primary race, and Cohens congressional win in 2006 were all of a piece each an instance of cross-racial voting. Hes entitled to say that, ventured the mayor, who said he took pride in such an analysis as applied to his own success.
Noting that Obama was even then on the eve of a much-ballyhooed visit to Germany this week, Wharton described the enthusiasm toward Obama that hed encountered on his own recently concluded trip to Germany. Its amazing. Weve definitely turned a corner, Wharton said.
However, the Shelby County mayor said he would offer no endorsement as such in the congressional primary. My friends are divided on the issue, Wharton said. Half of them want Cohen, and half of them are for Nikki Tinker. I dont want to get in the middle of that.
Wharton made the comments at a fundraiser at Owen Brennans Restaurant for Trustee Paul Matilla and Assessor candidate Cheyenne Johnson, both of whom are Democratic nominees on the August 7 election ballot. The mayor also offered his endorsement to Criminal Court Judge John Fowlkes, his former CAO, and Otis Jackson, the Democratic nominee for General Sessions clerk.
I think Ill round it off with just those endorsements. I dont want to get over-extended, said Wharton.