The search for a Carolinas Carrousel Parade sponsor included a bit of politics over the past two weeks, with the two leading Democratic Charlotte mayoral candidates competing to save the event.
Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon and City Council member James Smuggie Mitchell both offered dueling parade-saving efforts.
On Tuesday, Mayor Patsy Kinsey praised both of them, but credited Mitchell with helping land Novant Healths sponsorship as the primary backer.
Officials with Novant Health and Charlotte Center City Partners distanced themselves from the issue Tuesday, declining to become involved in selecting a hero.
The only official at the news conference who waded into the battle was Kinsey and she tried to walk a political tightrope.
During her remarks, she thanked Mitchell for his efforts in securing Novants sponsorship. But moments earlier, Kinsey said Cannon had worked on a number of creative ideas to find sponsors and keep the parade going.
Cannon said he had been working with the Carolinas Carrousel board since early August to find a sponsor, contacting business leaders and trying to put together a group of 75 sponsors, each donating $1,000. That claim was supported by Carrousel board president Jeff Collins.
Mitchell, meanwhile, said Tuesday he was happy to be involved in the recruitment of a sponsor. Council member David Howard credited Mitchell with being a key player in the recruitment.
Cannon and Mitchell face Gary Dunn and Lucille Puckett in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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