The following is an excerpt from an article on MemphisNewsBlog.com:
Mayoral candidate and pro wrestler Jerry Lawler will not let a local TV station exclude him from an upcoming mayoral debate without a fight.
Lawler is threatening legal action against WREG-TV Channel 3 unless the station allows him to participate in a televised debate Saturday, which is also sponsored by The Commercial Appeal. He’s claiming his exclusion from the debate – which is open to only four top candidates — “could result in permanent, irreparable damage to his mayoral campaign.”
“The outrage has been overwhelming,” Lawler said in a statement. “Our campaign headquarters has been flooded with phone calls and emails. People are upset, they feel like they are being ignored – their voice is being ignored by the media and by the status quo career politicians.”
The debate will feature Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery, former City Councilwoman Carol Chumney and attorney Charles Carpenter – a decision made based on the results of last week’s Mason-Dixon poll of 400 likely voters.