Lipscomb sex scandal may affect mayoral race - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Lipscomb sex scandal may affect mayoral race

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Mayor A C Wharton met with members of the Memphis clergy for an endorsement Tuesday, but a scandal involving a different member of city government seems to follow him wherever he goes.

At least nine accusers have come forward with sex abuse claims against Memphis Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb.

"I get just a summary of how many are coming in. This is why we made arrangements with Crime Stoppers," Mayor Wharton said.

That is all anyone wanted to ask Wharton about before his news conference with clergy members, some of whom addressed the scandal.

"I personally believe, as a community servant, that Mayor Wharton stepped up to the plate and did what he was supposed to do as leader of this city in relation to this issue," Reverend Dwight Montgomery said.

Others questioned the timing of the allegations, given that election day is just five weeks away.

However, neither of Wharton’s top two opponents have publicly commented on the sex scandal.

"I will not comment on the allegations until the investigation is complete,” candidate Jim Strickland said via text message. “My concern and prayers are with the alleged victims."

“As long as there is a complainant out there who feels victimized, this will stay open,” Wharton said.

Mayoral candidate Harold Collins has been a critic of Lipscomb’s authority at city hall, but he said he did not want to politicize the current investigation.

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