Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was at The Commercial Appeal this morning to meet with the editorial board in a meeting that had been previously scheduled. Although he and Robert Lipscomb, the city's director of housing and community development, were here to talk about long-range budget strategies, Opinion Editor Otis Sanford asked Wharton if he wanted to respond to the harsh criticism lobbed at him Wednesday by his predecessor, 9th Congressional District candidate Willie Herenton.
Though Wharton chose not to engage Herenton directly, what he sai
d certainly sounded like a strong rebuttal. Some of Wharton's statements about the importance of the Memphis Animal Shelter and the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center certainly serve as potent rejoinders to Herenton's declaration that he did not "give a damn" about the controversies over them.
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