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Former supporter starts anti-Herenton website

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former kickboxing champion Anthony "Amp" Elmore is making explosive accusations against 9th Congressional District candidate Willie Herenton on a new website.

Elmore said supported Herenton for five Memphis mayoral collections.  He has now come out against his old friend, questioning his "blackness."

"When you look at the history of Willie Herenton, history will frown on him based upon his treatment of African American businesses," Elmore said.

Elmore owns Elmore Carpets and African Imports.  He said Herenton wronged his and other black businesses.

"We did not expect him to sell the black community out when it came to black businesses," Elmore said.

Elmore has laid carpets at three city libraries.  He said Herenton's administration made it nearly impossible for his company to get city bids.

"There are 2,800 businesses registered to do business with the City of Memphis," Elmore said.  "Out of 2,800, there are only six black businesses."

Elmore created a 12-page website dedicated to blasting Herenton.

"I agree we should have black representation," Elmore said, "but he is not the right spokesperson for black people."

Elmore said he is planning an all-out campaign to keep Herenton out of Washington, D.C.

"Pain, nor body or brain will stop me," Elmore said.  "I'm going to walk the streets, I'm going to knock on doors and I'm going to do everything I can to challenge Willie Herenton and not let him get to Congress because we need a progressive Memphis and not have a man who only looks out for himself."

Elmore said the Wharton administration promised to put mechanisms in place to allow for more inclusion.

Elmore said he came forward after reading the city's recent Disparity Study.

For an executive summary of the Disparity Study, click here.

For the study, click here.

For the final report, click here.

To visit Elmore's website, click here.

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