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Posted: Aug 13, 2009 11:50 am
 
Maybe it's just becuase I'm not a native, and don't care at all about politics, but somewhow this guy's act is very entertaining to me.


http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/aug/13/willie-herenton-picks -petition-run-memphis-mayor--/
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 12:08 pm
 
At this point, I am getting entertained. What else can you do?

I think he woke up bored with the news on the "Pot-Bellied Rapist" and the West Memphis City Councilwoman attacking the cop and wanted to start some action.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 12:18 pm
 
looney. tunes.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 12:31 pm
 
Bob, remember how before you moved here I told you how entertaining and crazy the politics are?!?! well, welcome to Memphis!
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 12:36 pm
 
Obviously, the only way to settle the mayoral race is for Willie and Lawler to face off in the squared circle. Do it Thunderdome style: Two men go in, one comes out!
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 1:34 pm
 
Certifiable.

And, damn, he HATES Lowrey, doesn't he?
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 1:54 pm
 
OK, now THIS is some funny shit:

This is the full text of Willie Herenton's statement from today, explaining why he picked up a petition to run in the special election for Memphis mayor after retiring from the job:

"Citizens of Memphis:

My primary political goal is to represent the ninth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. I have every intention of being a congressional candidate during the August 2010 election.

However, during the interim, recent events have compelled me to step forth to provide leadership and express my sincere feelings on how our city can continue to move forward, despite our current dilemma.

My recent retirement from the office of Mayor has created this situation and I feel obligated to seek alternatives to Myron Lowery and an "anyone can win" mayoral race.

The city I love deserves better.

Therefore, I am also preparing a referendum resolution that would allow the citizens of Memphis to rescind the current charter amendment that elevated Myron Lowery to the office of Mayor Pro Tem. This resolution would prescribe limitations on the powers of a non-elected mayor.

It is clear to many citizens that my retirement from office created opportunities for Mayor Pro Tem Lowery and a puzzling list of mayoral candidates to turn our city backward. I am disappointed in Myron's reckless style of leadership. He must be stopped.

We cannot allow Mayor Pro Tem Lowery to be electedmayor during the upcoming special election. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict a clear winner with a complicated array of mayoral candidates in the race.

Therefore, I have pulled a petition to run in the upcoming mayoral special election."
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 2:03 pm
 
kick this man in the balls. some one. please.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 3:29 pm
 
wow
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 3:35 pm
 
This is the end for Willie. He's spit in the eyes of his supporters who worked to get him elected for the fifth time by resigning. When you work to elect somebody, you don't do it to watch him resign less than halfway through his term, saying he's burned out and had enough and wants a bigger, better office now. He thinks he will be able to go back to the same well of low-information, poor, black voters who just want to stick it whitey, but he's going to find out that he's squandered their support, and this time, with lots and lots of black candidates who aren't public laughing stocks in the race, his usual divide and conquer strategy will work against him. He'll either not even get on the ballot for October or lose to A. C. Meanwhile, Cohen will sit back and wait for him to stop self-destructing before spending a cent of his war chest. This is assuming he's not indicted first.

The big tragedy of this is that he even ran for mayor in 2007 in the first place. His campaign set Memphis race relations back 20 years, and by the time it's all over we will have basically lost 3 years of possible political progress right in the middle of a depressionwhen it was needed the most. A lot of good people have given up and left the city in the meantime—people we won't get back—and it will take years just to undo the damage he did. A. C.'s hands are not clean in this, either. He is by all accounts of the people I know who know him a thoughtful and intelligent guy, but when he met with Herenton at that lunch in 2006 and agreed not to run against him, he doomed this city.

And the worst part is, when he ran, Herenton didn't even really want to be mayor any more. He just didn't like losing.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 3:43 pm
 
Herenton didn't even really want to be mayor any more. He just didn't like losing.


Sounds like a 3 year-old
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 3:48 pm
 
Sounds like a 3 year-old

Actually, I have met 3-year-olds with more maturity.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 4:36 pm
 
What has Myron Lowery had the chance to do yet at all, much less that is so awful?? This is absurd. It's costing the city almost a million dollars to hold this special election, and he's gonna be on the ballot anyway. Whoever said he needs to be kicked in the balls is 100% right. Kick that motherfucker in the balls. Bust right past that pseudo-librarian bodyguard and kick. him. in. the. balls.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 4:37 pm
 
I love how he hopes to represent black Memphis by dividing the black vote. What a smart fellow!

I hope he accidentaly swallows hydrochloric acid.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 5:12 pm | Edited by: Scott
 
My primary political goal is to represent the ninth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. I have every intention of being a congressional candidate during the August 2010 election.

When is the next regularly scheduled mayoral election? If he is somehow re-elected mayor, he still plans to run for congress. If he somehow won THAT election would there then have to be another special election to replace him again? Someone please tell me there's a law in place that would prevent him from being Mayor and Senator at the same time.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 5:28 pm | Edited by: eric o
 
Well, I agree with him about Lowery. I'd rather have a pugilistic egomaniac than a wet paper towel for mayor.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 6:17 pm
 
they both suck, that is for sure. holy moly, now we're going to make some national news. Somebody quick make a viral you tube documentary about this shit!
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 6:35 pm
 
Can't wait to hear Bobby O'Jay's call in radio show tomorrow. It should be good!
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 6:46 pm
 
What has Myron Lowery had the chance to do yet at all,

Have the City Attorney resign, escort from City Hall, only to have to shamefacedly allow him back in the next week.
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 9:18 pm
 
Bobby OH Jay!

Man, fuck this dude. He's given enough rambling speeches over the last year that someone needs to spend some cash just looping his bullshit on some commercials. Keepin it Real! Col bat, you're absolutely right but I'll gladly vote AC if Herenton insists on this latest punk move.
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 8:48 am
 
ANYBODY would be better. this guy is a joke.
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 9:42 am
 
s'cool. that tubby twat Ben Ferguson is apparently throwing his hat in the ring as well (tho i suspect it's more a publicity stunt than anything). who needs a megalomaniacal freakshow when we can have a younger, demonstrably stupider version of Rush Limbaugh?
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 10:15 am
 
Rush Limbaugh is... PILL POPPA!
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 1:38 pm
 
I can't believe there's no law in place to put the top 3 candidates from this election into a special election, or the top 2, or everyone over a certain percentage (say, 25 or 30%)... the impending election has disaster written all over it.
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 7:32 pm
 
Can't wait to hear Bobby O'Jay's call in radio show tomorrow. It should be good!


Better thanI thought! Herenton called in!
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 10:08 pm | Edited by: Alisa
 
Missed that, but OH MY GOD.
Joe Birch is having some kind of crazy assed interview with the mayor. It's on wmctv.com. I just finished watching it on the TV, and I was slack jawed and laughing...if you can do those things at the same time.
Posted: Aug 15, 2009 10:02 am
 
Posted: Aug 19, 2009 10:43 am
 
tha joe birch interview was hilarious. herenton didn't answer anything and pretty much accused every word joe said as slander. what an idiot.

my favorite part: joe: "are you aware of how much money it is costing for this special election?" herenton: "spend it" "spend it"
Posted: Aug 19, 2009 12:46 pm
 
Joe Birch was the definition of "aghast"! My favorite part went something like, "Joe, you forget that you are just the anchor, I WAS THE MAYOR."
Posted: Aug 19, 2009 1:54 pm | Edited by: Uptight White
 
I knew it. I'll bet he'll try to find some way to keep his mayoral office even if he wins the congressional race, because this F'er just loves being king. Just listen to his embarrassingly low-class (from a man that has a PHD) resignation speech and how hes used it to publicly rank on Norbert Lousy and the whites refusing to meet live in Memphis city limits under his dominion.
Posted: Aug 19, 2009 6:17 pm
 
As somewhat of an aside, this has yet to make the national news at all; the only part that has is his resignation, period.
Posted: Aug 19, 2009 6:24 pm
 
Since he has resigned, does the city of Memphis still provide Herenton with bodyguards and provide him with an automobile -as well as a free lunch everyday at the Picadilly ?
Posted: Aug 20, 2009 9:37 am
 
Nope--he gave up the Escalade and the bodyguards a couple of days before his resignation. Piccadilly however, may pay his ass to eat there since he talks about it all the time.
Posted: Aug 20, 2009 4:01 pm
 
Yeah, he only waited about five seconds into his Joe Birch interview before mentioning the Piccadilly. His fervent love for the Piccadilly is reason #798234 why he's a codgy old man.
Posted: Aug 20, 2009 5:08 pm
 
Is it the one behind the vacant Platinum Plus? I saw him coming out of Piccadilly on the news, and I wondered if it was that one.
Posted: Aug 21, 2009 8:42 am
 
No. Whitehaven. Out on EP.
Posted: Aug 21, 2009 9:45 am
 
No. Whitehaven. Out on EP.

OOOHHH, that's a good one!
Posted: Aug 21, 2009 11:10 am
 
Do you think he waits to get his Jell-o cup and carrot salad on the assembly line with everyone else, or does King Willie get table service?
Posted: Aug 21, 2009 11:21 am
 
^^ genuinely laughed out loud.

also, to bring it full circle, the only "celebrity" I've ever seen in the 'dilly was ...Joe Birch!
Posted: Aug 21, 2009 11:40 am
 
Finally watching the interview with Joe Birch. Willie needs a straitjacket. They can deliver his carrot salad and jello to Bolivar.
Posted: Aug 21, 2009 5:05 pm
 
I liked when Myron Lowery asked Willie to submit to a drug test. Funny.
Posted: Aug 24, 2009 5:53 pm
 
So dude's not running now...
Posted: Aug 24, 2009 8:38 pm
 
Read the article in the CA online; he told Thaddeus Matthews he's never sullied His Temple with drugs, but he "does enjoy a good Merlot."
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 7:10 am
 
He also said that he "didn't get South Memphis on Joe Birch like I wanted to."

I'm already kind of missing ol Willie.
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 12:47 pm
 
"didn't get South Memphis on Joe Birch like I wanted to."

What does that mean? He's going to stand up after the interview and throw his coffee cup and powdered sugar donuts wrapper over his shoulder as he walks out?
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 3:26 pm
 
What does that mean?

He's gonna cap his ass?

Not exactly something I'd be glad to perpetuate as the esteemed Mayor!!
What a nut.
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 6:51 pm
 
"He's going to stand up after the interview and throw his coffee cup and powdered sugar donuts wrapper over his shoulder as he walks out?"

YES!!!!

Actually, he could also mean getting up in his face and reminding him that he's just the anchor...wait, he did that.
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 8:54 pm
 
He meant he was gonna prove himself a stand up guy by pulling out his driver's license and letting Joe Birch hold it for a second.
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 10:02 pm
 
google "Herenton Piccadilly". 555 results and apparently he goes to more than just the Whitehaven location! So while all these news vans are camped outside that one waiting for him, he's just sticking it to the man by hitting up the Poplar Plaza location.
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 8:32 am
 
wait, isn't he the man?
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 9:06 am
 
Maybe he was going to take Joe Birch through a crowded Wendy's drive thru and ask how much individual items would be "with tax".
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 10:48 am
 
Eric, haven't you learned? We are ALL "the man" and he is the victim. We being anyone who isn't black and/or is against him.
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 11:00 am
 
Maybe he was going to ask him to swap cash for the remaining value on his Sonic giftcard.
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 11:02 am
 
Perhaps he was going to invite 4 of his friends and Joe Birch out for dinner at Chili's and sit three to a table as to avoid paying the 15% gratuity for tables of 6 or more.
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 11:06 am
 
with Willie's cool 1/2 million pension i imagine there will be Sonic giftcards for EVERYBODY! right!?
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 2:10 pm | Edited by: saispas
 
"Perhaps he was going to invite 4 of his friends and Joe Birch out for dinner at Chili's and sit three to a table as to avoid paying the 15% gratuity for tables of 6 or more."

Change Chili's to Applebee's and we have a winner!
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 5:43 pm
 
Nah, ever notice how they're ALWAYS going out to eat at Chili's on Girlfriends?
Posted: Aug 28, 2009 11:27 am
 
I guess my CW watching is pretty minor when ANTM is not in season.

Plus, those Girlfriends girls are DEFINITELY not South Memphis!
Posted: Aug 28, 2009 12:07 pm
 
I went to Picadilly on EP yesterday-actually pretty good. I was shocked at the number of fellow white devils there. I will go again. Meat +2 sides+bread = $4.99. I guess Willie wasn't wrong about everything.
Posted: Aug 28, 2009 12:28 pm
 
anybody catch that abortion of a mayoral debate last night?
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