Friday, April 7, 2023

Allegedly, Tennessee Republicans are threatening to withhold $350 million for the Grizzlies arena if the county reappoints the just-dismissed congressman


The Shelby County Commission has the ability to appoint a temporary replacement until a special election can be held, and some commissioners support the idea of sending Pearson right back to Nashville.


According to [the] Shelby County Commissioner ..., leaders in Nashville threatened to without millions of dollars in state funding for projects in the Memphis area if commissioners were to reappoint Pearson.

"We are also being threatened by the state to take away funding, needed funding to run our schools, to run our municipalities," [the Commissioner] told FOX13. "You know, and so, for example, FedExForum, the promised $350 million, they're talking about snatching that away. So, again, you know this about bullying people into submission. And enough is enough.