ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Some St. Louis aldermen are piling on Police Chief Sam Dotson, after St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told the top cop to quit if he’s running for mayor.
“I think it’s like a sitting general running for President,” said Alderman Joe Roddy.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult to be chief and run for mayor at the same time,” said Alderwoman Megan Green. “Campaigning can be, in and of itself, a full-time job.”
“I like Sam as a person,” said Alderman Sam Moore, “but business-wise, I don’t think so. It’s hard enough being the chief –period–let alone running for another job.”
Dotson may be coming under heavy fire on the issue, because his high name recognition with voters would make him a threat to the other candidates and their political allies.
Alderman Roddy was asked about the sour grapes factor.
“The elected officials I’ve talked to, regardless of who their allies are running for mayor, they all think it’s a bad idea to be a police chief to run for mayor when we’re in this very dramatic uptick in the crime the past few years.”
Dotson released a statement earlier this week in response to Slay’s call for his resignation.
“I am a full-time police chief and that will not change during this campaign. Leading this police department will remain my number one priority.”
Meanwhile, after an already busy week in the race — with Dotson, Alderman Antonio French and City Treasurer Tishaura Jones jumping in — another candidate is flirting with the idea of running.
State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a guest on the Mark Reardon show on KMOX, was asked if she wants to run for mayor.
“Let me tell you something, I would never close the doors to opportunity,” Nasheed said with a grin.
The mayoral primary is in March of 2017. So far, seven or eight Democrats are either in — or thinking about it.
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