Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery appeared on a talk radio show this morning and gave an unfiltered reaction to former mayor Willie Herenton pulling a petition to run for Memphis mayor.
Lowery, who Herenton criticized as having a "reckless style of leadership," told The Commercial Appeal Thursday that Herenton's actions caused "more confusion" and that the five-term mayor "lacked credibility."
On the "Drake & Zeke in the Morning Show" today, Lowery did not expound on those sentiments much but he did say he was, like many, confused to hear that the mayor was considering running in an election prompted by his own retirement.
"Listen, I can't figure out our former mayor. I don't know anyone who knows why he's doing some of the things he's doing," said Lowery, who is running in the special election to replace Herenton.
"We must tell our former mayor that he's wrong and he needs to be consistent," Lowery said.
Herenton has blamed Lowery for his decision to pull a petition, saying "we cannot allow Mayor Pro Tem Lowery to be elected mayor during the upcoming special election."
When one of the radio hosts asked what Lowery could have possibly done to deserve Herenton's ire, Lowery said he had no idea.
"I opened up City Hall to the public and I know he didn't want that to happen," Lowery said. "...He calls me reckless but I don't know what I've done that's been reckless. Obviously he's annoyed. I'm not the frontrunner in this race, everyone knows this. I'm just doing the best I can to continue leading the city."