Herenton Confirms Public Perceptions
Mayor Herenton is widely cast as someone who stays within the safe walls of his hard-to-access office downtown and his home in a gated community out east. His antipathy for the media is sometimes put away for limited interviews in controlled circumstances, usually in response to some high-profile situation involving City government.
And in this Commercial Appeal story:
"Is the mayor soft on crime? If you want to find a mayor who's tough on crime then you want Willie Herenton."I also find it very interesting that he's confirming public fears of drug crime, and tacitly admitting he's in a campaign. He must have some kind of nervousness if he's actually out there touting himself now, instead of continuing with his prior behavior.
Herenton, who is running for a fifth term on Oct. 4, said he will be attending more such press conferences than he has in the past and that he will continue to do so after the election.
"You're going to see a lot of me," the mayor said.
I believe we can call this the first crack in the wall.