The latest balloon being floated in local political circles (and on WREG-TV, News Channel 3, Monday night) concerns a possible bid for city mayor by current Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton. The reasoning is that local business leaders, many of whom are disenchanted with Herenton, may decide that neither Morris nor Chumney are the right candidates to displace the incumbent and that Wharton is the only candidate who could.
Wharton, however, said Tuesday that he was fully occupied with his present duties and would never run in opposition to Herenton. He might, he said, reconsider a race if the incumbent for any reason decided not to run.
Former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thompson, who has spent his time since leaving the U.S. Senate in 2002 as a principal on NBC-TVs Law and Order, may be a candidate for president in 2008. Im giving some thought to it. Im going to leave the door open, Thompson told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, thereby confirming a spate of recent rumors on various weblogs.