Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Draft Deidre!

This city is starving for leadership. Well, that and barbecue. But mostly leadership.

Unfortunately, we have Mayor Herenton instead. Even if you set aside the rampant corruption and cronyism that have rendered his administration Bush-esque, you're still left with a mayor whose idea of economic expansion consists of annexing everything that stands still too long.

The budget deficit, depending on who you ask, is anywhere between $25 million and $30 million. The complete absence of common sense in the use of PILOT programs is keeping poor Memphians poor while they live in parts of the city that the mayor has completely given up on. This city is so opposed to a living wage under Herenton's stewardship that not even the police that keep our streets safe can get a simple cost of living adjustment.

Put the Herenton administration in charge of the Sahara, and it will run out of sand in less than a week. But they'll have already filed the paperwork to annex the Mojave.

This is no way to run a city. The people of this city deserve economic expansion, and they deserve to raise their children on safe streets.

Enter Mrs. Deidre Malone. She's on the Shelby County Commission and serves on seven committees, chairing the Community Services Committee and Vice Chairing the Education and Libraries Committee.

But even when you get beyond that, you find something that you don't find in Herenton. You find a moral center that shines through in her work.

She ran the PR department at St. Jude's for years before establishing her own successful PR firm. And who better is there to sell new businesses on the virtues of coming here than a PR person?

This city aches for leadership so badly that even a professional wrestler with no governmental experience managed to pull off a decent amount of votes when he ran for mayor here.

Just imagine how well someone with administrative and legislative experience, who manages to work with both parties without selling out her values, can do in this race.

Deidre Malone for Mayor.

***Disclaimer: I have never spoken to Deidre Malone about this. This arose out of a conversation with a few good friends the other night about who could fill the power vacuum in this town.

12 comments:

David Holt said...

I could dig Deidre.

PeskyFly said...

All good points, but I don't think she'd have a Chumny's chance in a roomfull of Willinghams.

I'm pretty ticked off at the process right now, and nobody's true believer.

David Holt said...

Pesky for Mayor? He'd probably curse less.

J.T. said...

Deidre is not really even a very good commissioner so you want her for Mayor McCheese WHAT ! git off the dope man lets get some good folk in office that group of lame ass congress candidates are also the lamest bunch to come along they need to know city issues man! Ed Stanton don't know crap even though he showed up for work down there. He could run against Lowery or Brown or Peete they all need to go!

David Holt said...

J.T. did someone on here mention Stanton? Either way, why don't you use your superior wisdom to name who should run. It's easier to pick at other people's choices than to find a good candidate yourself.

Freedonian,I thought you were "anti-black woman?" What happened?

Freedonian said...

Anti-black woman? Hell, you should see this one hot neighbor of mine... No one would be anti-black woman if they saw her!

JT, did you go to the Memphis City Schools? Just asking.

Pesky, you may be right. I don't understand this city. I can't find anyone besides the people he's hired that can stand him, but he keeps getting elected. Are the dead rising for him?

David Holt said...

What's that about MCS? Pistols at dawn, my friend.

J.T. said...

I know sometimes all my fingers don't hit the keys, but David Holt being a former teacher should at least spell Chumney correctly.

J.T. said...

Also look for Pratcher to go work for a certain candidate this fall, he's already clued me in.

David Holt said...

J.T. Watch the swinging. The Chumney spelling and the comment about your spelling were not from me. Do you just get off on being an ass?

Freedonian said...

What's that about MCS? Pistols at dawn, my friend.

Two problems with that.

1. You're a liberal, so everyone knows you can't shoot.

2. Go ahead, take your pistols, and be waiting for me at dawn. By the time I roll out of bed, you'll have fallen asleep again.

PeskyFly said...

That was me. And I'm a writer with crippled hands, bad spelling instincts, and a broken shift key. So unless I'm turning it in for a grade (or publication), spelling to the wind!