The Press: Wanderoo v. Relic

The old political art of invective and abuse still flowers in Tennessee. So does Memphis' Boss Ed Crump, 69.

Last week, Boss Ed was up to his eyebrows in a shouting contest with the Crump-hating Nashville Tennessean. He was annoyed beyond his limited endurance by the Tennessean's insistent labeling of Memphis as "Crumptown," and even more annoyed by its fight against the poll tax, which helps to keep bosses in power. Snapped Boss Ed: "This trio of mangy bubonic rats are conscienceless liars . . . cowards at heart, yellow to the core....

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