Lowery says city is no longer dancing to Herenton's tune

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery enjoys a great view of The Pyramid from his front porch.

He says the issue of the empty arena is just one of many issues his predecessor failed to resolve.
"If the mayor wanted to resolve these issues, he should have remained in office," said Lowery. "No one forced him to leave."
Now, Lowery says he's not surprised Herenton is considering entering the race to replace himself.
"He's treating our citizens and the news media, by the way, like puppets on a string," he said. "But we are not dancing to his tune any longer."
Lowery told Action News 5 that he watched most of Joe Birch's explosive interview with the former mayor. But Lowery also refuses to enter the fray.
"I'm not in the business of calling other civic leaders names. Our former mayor has done that on many occassions," he said.
Lowery says he'd rather discuss things like the way he opened city hall up to the public.
"I've heard a very positive reaction over the things I've done in the last two weeks," he said.
Lowery admits he may not be the front-runner in the race to replace Willie Herenton. But he also says Herenton is afraid Lowery just might win, which could possibly overshadow Herenton's own tenure as the city's top politician.
"He is free to run," said Lowery. "He's free to do whatever he wants to do. But he has to realize there's a new mayor in this city - and that's Myron Lowery."
Lowery says Herenton's comments about the cost of the upcoming special election reveal a great deal about the former mayor.

Herenton said spending more than $1 million dollars for a special election is no big deal.

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