WEB EXTRA: Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews – Ponderings from a ponderous political reporter

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – I hate joke candidates. They just love to get a little free publicity.

See, I happen to take elections seriously.

So I don’t want to see a guy wearing a wig and goggles talking about how he would like to make Memphis more like Planet Zambodia. And I really don’t want to see a guy who vandalized a Confederate statue, and later, in court, said it was his alter ego.

I especially don’t want to hear from them in debates.

Let’s talk about the Memphis Mayor’s race.

You know, and I know, that the three top candidates are incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland, former Mayor Willie Herenton, and Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer.


The others are living a pipe dream, and I don’t want to hear them taking up time on a debate.

I want to hear from the people who stand a reasonable chance of being elected.

I would love to see the three mayoral candidates debate. I don’t think it’s going to happen, however.

Years ago, after a debate in one of his campaigns, former Mayor Willie Herenton vowed he would never do another one again. He was with the real candidates, the fringe candidates, and they fired shots at him all night.

It’s the same way that the recent Democrat Presidential Candidate debates have been.

You will not remember a thing about what Senator Tulsi Gabbard said, not a thing uttered from New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.

In another few months, they will be footnotes, obscure answers in trivia games.

They’re just taking up space.

So I hope to see Strickland, Herenton, and Sawyer debate.

I’m not holding my breath.

Maybe someday they’ll have a debate on who will be the next Prince of Zambodia.

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