I predicted in July of last year after I was told by sources that Sheriff Mark Luttrell would run for County Mayor. I also stated that if Luttrell did in fact run for county mayor that Randy Wade who served for over 20 years in the Sheriff's department would ran for the Sheriff's office.
So I was not surprised when my friend of over 20 plus years called me last week and asked what i thought about him running. I said "Randy if your health is okay and you want it bad enough run for it" And that's exactly what he has decided to do. Randy who served under former A.C. Gilless as Administrative Assistant is well known for his undying loyalty to his friends and his constant desire to serve and has a great chance of winning,But where does that leave Steve Cohen?
Wade has served as the right arm of the 2 term congressman and has also served as Cohen's biggest link to the Black community and the Black vote,His departure will cause serious harm to a campaign that will need all the Black support that can be garnered to defeat Dr. Willie W. Herenton who wants to take the job away from Cohen.
Many Blacks only supported Cohen because they were asked by Wade,Many churches opened their doors solely because Wade had relationships with many Black pastors. With Wade who has told me he's leaving Cohen's staff in latter March not running advance Steve Cohen will have many doors that have been open in the past closed.
Wade cannot afford to get involved in Cohen's race if he wants to be sheriff,His campaign must stay away from giving the appearance that he is either supporting Cohen or Herenton,He must stay neutral so as not to alienate any voters.
With Wade gone I wonder what Negro will the congressman turn to for help?