Wiseman Quoted in Memphis Daily News re: Upcoming County Elections

Reporter Bill Dries has an article up over at the Memphis Daily News today discussing the current state of the candidate field in the upcoming countywide elections, particularly in the Mayor’s race:

Local Republican Party chairman Lang Wiseman declared Luttrell is the “strongest candidate,” Democrat or Republican, and will be the “frontrunner.”

“Sometimes time and circumstance kind of open the way for certain people to do certain things,” Wiseman said. “I think Mark is the right guy. It’s just the right time for him.”

Dries went on to cite Lang’s comments about the Herenton/Cohen “race” (quite literally) that’s shaping up:

Wiseman doesn’t share Turner’s excitement. He points to Herenton’s campaign kickoff last weekend in which Herenton said race will be an issue in the August primary on the same ballot with the county general elections. Wiseman predicts the race will turn off voters.

“I’m disappointed that anybody would be excited by the attention that’s been generated by the Herenton-Cohen race,” Wiseman said. “It’s been generated for one reason and one reason only – to stir up and foment the racial divide. That’s just unfortunate. It shouldn’t be like that. I guess we all knew it was going to be like that.”


Wiseman said the Cohen-Herenton primary bout could just as easily have offered a different tone.

“The sad part is that a race that will materialize in the 9th District could be a good thing for the community,” he said. “There are lots of substantive things that Herenton could talk about that he believes in that could provide a contrast with Cohen. I think that, by and large, Herenton is probably more conservative than Cohen is on some of the issues.”

Wiseman quoted in Memphis Commercial Appeal

Lang was quoted in a column written by the Editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal detailing Mark Luttrell’s entry into the County Mayor’s race.

“Mark Luttrell is truly one of the good guys,” said a giddy Lang Wiseman, chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party.

“We face so many issues and problems in the county, and there are only a handful of people who have the credibility and the ability to bring people together.”

Wiseman Noted in Local Paper and Magazine

Sheriff Mark Luttrell announced that he would be a candidate for Mayor yesterday prompting Lang to send out the following Tweet on his Twitter account:

THE candidate has emerged for county mayor – record of no-nonsense reform, admin skill and respected by the community: Mark Luttrell

The Tweet was picked up and quoted in the Memphis Daily News.

Lang was also noted in an online article in the Main Street Journal magazine.

FYI: If you are a Twitter user, you can follow Lang’s periodic Tweets by going here and clicking “Follow.”

Wiseman Quoted in Commercial Appeal Article (2/1/10)

Lang was quoted in the Commercial Appeal again today concerning the upcoming appearance of RNC Chairman, Michael Steele, at the March 6th Lincoln Day Gala hosted annually by the Shelby County Republican Party.  The article focused on the so-called controversial aspects of Steele’s tenure as Chairman.

From the CA:

Shelby County Republican Party chairman Lang Wiseman said he’s excited that Steele will be here.

“Irrespective of what people may think about Steele specifically, I think it’s a real coup to have him come to our party,” Wiseman said.

The local Republican Party isn’t paying Steele a speaker’s fee, Wiseman said. He added that he hasn’t followed the controversy over Steele’s leadership very closely.

“My sense is he’s ruffled some feathers from some Republican leaders,” he said. “But my sense is also that there are some Republican leaders who need their feathers ruffled.”