"Mr. Twelve-to-One" 

Simultaneously with Thaddeus Matthews giving up the ghost on his Operation FedUp recall and a confident Mayor Herenton planning his long-term succession, former city councilman John Vergos has tossed his hat into the mayoral ring ... sort of. Vergos, best known these days as the head man at the family-owned Rendezvous restaurant, says that, while he is by no means committed to a race for mayor in 2007, he wants to make known his "availability."

The nickname "Mr. Twelve-to-One"? It's an acknowledgement of his willingnness to cast the single dissenting vote on the council. Read more here.

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