Even so, Morris has served notice that he's in the mayor's race for the long haul, with at least a chance to be regarded down the line as the major alternative to incumbent Mayor Willie Herenton. (That presupposes a foldo from city council member Carol Chumney, though -- and that's not guaranteed to happen.)
Morris' chief liability would seem to be that, while he seems to be a certifiable "nice man," he is not (or not yet) personable to the point of seeming comfortable while greeting individuals or crowds. All too often he gives the impression of wanting to be off somewhere reading a book -- or working at one of the oil paintings he does so well.
As his handlers say, though, there's time -- four months' plus some -- for Morris to grow into the role.