Shelby County Sheriff candidate and district director for Congressman Steve Cohen, Randy Wade says that county commissioner Sidney Chism is "A Absolute Lie". Chism has sent out a letter accusing Wade of placing Jerome Withers in the May 4th race against him for county commission seat District 3, Position 2.
While Wade admits to having a conversation with Chism last year, Wade states that the conversation was not about his putting anyone in the race against Chism. In fact Wade states that the conversation was prior to Willie Herenton's announcement that he was running for congress. Chism claims that Wade and Cohen placed Withers in the race to distract him from his position as campaign manager for Herenton.
Chism claim is what politics is all about. Its usual for someone to place someone in a race against a candidate, In fact Chism could be asked what influence did he have in the decision for Willie Herenton to run for congress. Chism could also be asked how many other races he has been involved in and if he is honest he will say many. It's the way of politics.
What Chism has done is draw attention to the fact that Jerome Withers is in the race against hi m,which may get contributions for the son of legend photographer Ernest Withers. Jerome Withers has not been able to raise funds to mount a serious campaign and has only about 3 large corner signs. It would seem that if Cohen or Wade was behind the campaign of Withers he would be funded.
If the letter was to hurt Cohen or Herenton it will not work. Most political persons that I have spoke with see it as a cheap trick and that Herenton needs to run on the issues and not use Chism to create a issue when there is none.
For Herenton to win he must deal with issues that relate to the every day needs of the citizens, The race factor will not be enough to defeat Cohen. I'm surprise as I speak with common voters and not the political ones in the Black community Herenton does not have the backing he and Chism may think. People are intuned to there needs and only care about who is going to be able to deliver them.
The $360,000 that Cohen requested from the Federal government that was denied was to preserve the many historical pictures of Ernest Withers and should be seen as nothing more. In fact the request was made in 2008 a year before anyone had any real idea that Herenton would be leaving the office of mayor of Memphis.
I'm sure many who do not like the politics of Sidney Chism and Willie Herenton are knocking Jerome Withers door down now to contribute to his campaign hoping that he's able to defeat Chism. Sidney this was not a smart political move.
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