Local 24 News political analyst & commentator Otis Sanford on Tami Sawyer tweet controversy

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on the tweet controversy surrounding mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer.

Politics, at virtually every level, can be a rough and tumble business. Most people who get involved in political campaigns are in it to win it. Sometimes by any means necessary. Which brings us to the controversy surrounding decade old tweets posted by Memphis mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer – tweets that appear to be doing irreparable damage to her already long-shot campaign.

The tweets seem to reflect Sawyer’s intolerant views at the time on race, sexual orientation, and the police. All of them are offensive, and frankly unbecoming of someone wanting to be mayor of a large and diverse city.

Some of the posts first came to light last Thursday. But Sawyer waited until Saturday night to issue an apology on the social media blog site Medium. It’s unclear if someone supporting another mayoral candidate dug up the old tweets to damage her campaign just as early voting was about to start. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. But regardless, the tweets are newsworthy, despite being several years old.

Sawyer was 27 when she posted some of them. She was not a reckless teenager simply experimenting with social media. And voters deserve as much information as possible about the candidates who want to lead this city, particularly one whose political history is short.

Yes, politics can be tough. But character and maturity count. And voters will be the ultimate deciders. And that’s my point of view.

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