A1 Job By AC
A hardy "Job well done!" goes out to Mayor AC Wharton for hosting one of the most enjoyable social gatherings for SCDP in a very long time! Held at the beautiful Paulette's Restaurant this event was in many ways a christening of the rebirth of the Party, as well as a darn good way to raise some needed funds.
The room was filled with elected officials including: Tennessee State Senator Jim Kyle, Commissioner Deidre Malone, Commissioner Henri Brooks, and Commissioner James Harvey. The room was also packed with political hopefuls and democratic faithfuls: Howard Byrd, Greg Duckett, Randy Wade, Desi Franklin, Howard Richardson and so many others it would be impossible to name them all.
The anticipated moment of the evening came when whispers started that Mayor Herenton would also be attending. Sure enough in walked the Mayor of Memphis. Herenton could be 4 feet tall and still make a commanding entrance. He swaggered in with a smile that energized the entire room and to his credit he took a seat up front and when offered an opportunity to speak he passed. He knew this was Mayor AC’s event not his. Herenton’s astuteness has always been one of his very best qualities.
I would like to note this is the second SCDP event where both Mayors attended. One could correctly argue this is a political season, but there’s more to it than that. The Party has made a paradigm shift.
There is little argument that for years the Shelby County Democratic Party has been adrift; attendance was waning and discord was abound. This is not an indictment upon any one SCDP Chair but an assessment of internal problems that were allowed to fester for far too long.
The success of Chairman Van Turner has come as no surprise to me. Van embraces what I consider the 5-core elements that define a leader: Integrity, Vision, Dedication, Wisdom and Charisma. (I will talk more about these traits/skills in a future post) With the Party now more stable - political, business and community leaders can now step forward and be more supportive. This is what we witnessed when Mayor AC offered to hold this event to help raise funds for SCDP. I see a bright future for the Shelby County Democratic Party.