General Sessions Court clerk Otis Jackson surprised many political observers by filing to run for Shelby County mayor. Some or saying that someone has paid him to be the democratic spoiler, others are saying he's running to build his name for another race, then there are those who say he's running to get paid to get out, and then most say that his political advisor and employee Del Gill is behind it all.
I have spoken with some who know Jackson who state that he started talking about being mayor last week,In fact one person that I spoke with claims that Jackson told them that it has always been his dream to be county mayor.
What ever his reason he needs to realize that he does not have a remote chance of winning and that his entry into the county mayor's race may endanger his chances for re-election to his present position.
Jackson does not have the name power of a Deidre Malone and certainly not a Ford. His ability to raise money will be hard because of these factors,and if he's labeled a spoiler democrats will turn on him and send him packing when it's time again for him to run for office.
The fact that everyone believes that Del Gill is behind Jackson's idea to run edging him on and telling him that he can win will also hurt him. There are not many democratic organizers and politicians that support the sometime all knowing Gill and will turn on him for just allowing Gill to send him out.
Jackson has a week to withdraw his name and do the job of the general Sessions Court clerk or get ready for the whipping of his life that will go far beyond may 4th.