Mayor Herenton yesterday announced the formation of an exploratory committee that will look into his possible bid for the 9th Congressional District presently held by Steve Cohen.
There are three good reasons I wouldn't recommend anyone hold their breath, then again maybe you should hold your nose! Folks this is Herenton at his best, or worst depending on your feelings toward him.
First, Herenton is a showman and there is nothing he loves more than having people whispering about his next move. This could be nothing more than him rattling our cages.
Second, Herenton has always worn his heart on his sleeve. He's a sensitive man who has no problem coming back with a quick undercut. And woe to those who don't know that. It is known around the halls of the City Council that Cohen has on occasion called Councilman Myron Lowery, "Mayor Lowery" in respect to his knowledge and his desire for the office. Something Herenton, I'm certain, has not found to be amusing.
Third, Herenton just released his budget. The best way to take the heat off that topic is to throw in a red herring.
Simply put I'm not ready to call my bookie and put a bet on this race.