A joint press conference will be held Wednesday by Memphis mayor Willie Herenton and Shelby County mayor A C Wharton to affirm their endorsement and support in the 9th congressional district of Democratic nominee Steve Cohen, who is opposed on the November general election ballot by Republican Mark White and independent Jake Ford. In advance of that press conference, to be held at the Federal Building, Herenton is said to have rebuffed a direct approach from would-be organizers of a stop-Cohen movement. The mayor discounted Jake Ford as having insufficient credentials for such a purpose, especially when compared to veteran legislator Cohen.
At a fundraiser for Cohen at the riverbluff home of developer Henry Turley Tuesday night, Wharton called the effort to organize a racial bloc "one of the most unpleasant" aspects of the current political season. He referred to Cohen's candidacy as an "advance" and said the 9th District election "is a test to see if I'm just some oddball or whether the people have attained the level of intelligence I think they have."For more, go to "Political Beat".