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Herenton refuses to comment on newspaper story

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - We've heard of the federal investigation into city contracts, but Wednesday, the Commercial Appeal filed a report about a federal probe that involves a lavish party, prominent businessmen and the mayor's pockets.

Wednesday morning, Action News 5 attempted to interview Memphis Mayor Herenton about the story before he headed out to deliver Meals on Wheels to the elderly.

"Do you have any comments regarding this latest federal probe into Christmas parties and cash gifts?" Action News 5's Andrew Douglas asked.

"Have a good day," Herenton said. "Good day."

Wednesday's Commercial Appeal story says the feds are interviewing people who donated $1,000 each to put on the mayor's annual Christmas party, and that and that FBI agents are asking about where some of that money went.

In the past, Herenton defended his actions, after the paper reported he bought an option to purchase the Greyhound Station downtown and then sold it for tens of thousands of dollars.  That came after Herenton supported a plan to move Greyhound to a new airport terminal, which would give the owner of the land prime property in a developing downtown.
    
"I'm only going to talk about feeding the elderly," Herenton said Wednesday. "That's all I'm going to talk about."

When the mayor wouldn't talk about the feds, Douglas asked him about another lurking question.

"What about this: you stepping down before your terms up?  You want to address that one?" Douglas asked.

"No, no," Herenton replied.

Herenton's attorney, Robert Spence, had no comment Wednesday about the Commercial Appeal's story.

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