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The old Watchdog has a few things to say about local politicians

This is the latest in a weekly blog by Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews. MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – I was once called the Watchdog. I think it was be...
Mike Matthews

This is the latest in a weekly blog by Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – I was once called the Watchdog.

I think it was because I owned a watch, and I looked like a bowwow.

I heard the jokes.

Hey Watchdog, I’ll bet when you went to the plastic surgeon andasked for something that would make you look better, he gave you a tail.

But I was watching, always watching – listening and learning.

I no longer think we are represented by the best and the brightestof people.

Our politicians are, for the most part, just regular people.

They know how to give a speech, how to slap a back, and how to askfor money.

My favorite place to cover politics was South Carolina – no questionabout it.

I ran into people like State Representative Hicks Harwell, whowould sit at his desk in the chambers, and in front of the desk was a $5 bill.

If someone stopped to pick it up, and EVERYBODY stopped to pick itup, they didn’t realize there was a clear cord attached.

Hicks would press a button, and the bill would snap back into hishand.

I also met the immortal John Jenrette and his wife at the time,Rita.

She was known for writing a book about how she and John had sex onthe stairs of the U.S. Capitol in D.C.

Her husband was found guilty in the bribe investigation calledABSCAM.

What I’m trying to say here, is there are still legislators whoare trying to do the right thing.

They are trying to represent you.

The majority of Memphis City Council members and Shelby CountyCommissioners are good men and women, who just want to do good.

But there are always a few people trying to reel you in with a $5bill on the floor.

Think about this, knowing that about 2% – TWO PERCENT – ofregistered voters in two city council districts have early voted.

Election is Thursday the 14th.