WEB EXTRA: Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews on “Monkee” business in local politics

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It is amazing.

I am about a week away from turning 65. One of those landmark birthdays, at least that’s what they say. And I never fight with they, because they know everything.

Anyway, I started thinking about a 60s TV show, where the opening theme went: “Here we come. Walking down the street. We get the funniest looks from, everyone we meet.”

It reminds me of this mayoral election.

The candidates are doing their thing. One thing they are NOT doing is appearing together at any events.

This is a radical change from four years ago, when then incumbent Mayor AC Wharton had several debates with his challengers.

I talked with the movers and shakers behind the scenes in this race, and right now, none of them think there will be any debates.

Sorry voters. Figure this one out for yourselves.

For what they are worth, there are a lot of poll results going around right now. They all show incumbent Jim Strickland with the lead. Most show former Mayor Willie Herenton in second. Commissioner Tami Sawyer in third.

THEY MEAN NOTHING. Don’t be swayed.

This election will be on October 3rd. There is plenty of time for things to change.

I remember working in North Carolina in 1994, covering the U.S. Senate Campaign of former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt. Almost all the polls showed him defeating incumbent Jesse Helms.

Then, the week before the election, Helms came to his home state to campaign. Just one week, and everything changed.

Helms won. Gantt becomes a footnote in history (along with him being the first African American student at Clemson University, and the first African American Mayor of Charlotte.)

Things can change fast. But time is STARTING to slip away. Watch.

The group on the TV show was called The Monkees, and the group members were Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones.

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