Interview with Mayor Joseph Smitherman
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

OKAY, BUT DID YOU BRING WILSON BAKER BACK EXPRESSLY TO, BECAUSE OF THE KING CAMPAIGN, OR?

Mayor Joseph Smitherman:

No, I brought Wilson Baker back because he was a political ally and it took his help because I only incumbent mayor then some like two thousand five hundred, to two thousand and that was a big election, probably the biggest they'd here in 30 years or longer. And an unknown and from, not a Selmian and the wrong side of the tracks and all those things, it took the support of Wilson Baker and people wanted a change, many of the people that supported me in the Police Department.