After about 18 months in office, there are indications Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is settling into some of the routines of the job including those that might rub him the wrong way.
That includes the one where reporters catch up to Wharton at one of his many stops during the work day and ask him about anything and everything but the occasion he is there for.
To be fair, he is not the only elected leader this happens to. It is considered one of the rules of the road and political leaders rarely complain about it.
Wharton didn’t complain either during an announcement last week at the Foote Homes public housing development.
You will read more about the announcement itself in Wednesday’s edition of The Daily News which goes online at www.memphisdailynews.com at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Before he got to the announcement, Wharton noted the group of reporters standing in back of the group of about a dozen people under a pavilion.
“I know there are a bunch of reporters out there pretending they want to ask me a bunch of questions about this announcement today,” Wharton said. “But they’ve got something else on their mind. So I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way so we can get to what they want to talk about which has nothing to do with this. Thank y’all reporters for coming. As you say in your business, you’re faking it until you make it.”
City Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb brought formalities to an end after several more speakers.
“I think the mayor is unusually candid today,” Lipscomb said. “And so we’d better just move it along.”
After the speeches, reporters did indeed huddle around Wharton and began with questions about the event itself before moving to questions about the two school systems.