Randy Wade administrator of the Memphis office for Congressman Steve Cohen is a candidate for Shelby County Sheriff. Wade who spent over 20 years with the sheriff's department announced last week that he and the congressman will be campaigning together. Could this be a smart campaign maneuver or a sure way to divide his support.
It is my opinion that Wade should run his own race and leave Cohen to battle Willie Herenton for the congressional seat alone. The appearance that he can not win without Cohen,or Cohen can't win without him will divide his support among those who will be choosing sides in the Cohen Herenton battle. With the number of candidates in the race for sheriff both Black and White the votes will be split enough as it is. But with several Black candidates in the race Wade's chances of winning lessens when those who support Herenton choose not to vote for him because he's attached to Cohen's hip.
The thought that tag teaming with Cohen gives Wade an edge looks good to those who support the congressman.But to those who don't it appears that Wade is not being his own man. Randy Wade and I have been friends for nearly 30 years and will be friends after the campaign is over but it is my thought that he should have allowed the congressional candidates to campaign on their own remaining neutral and placing his total attention on running his own campaign instead of appearing to be carrying water for Cohen in the Black community.