The thing about William Wesley that keeps me thinking is the idea (from Scoop Jackson and others) Bill Clinton has gone out of his way to talk to William Wesley.
That's really something.
Here's what I need your help with: what would Bill Clinton want with a guy like William Wesley?
I have some theories without any specifics.
The Clintons have, with good reason, gone to great lengths to keep a high profile among black voters--who have long been the backbone of the democratic party in cities. (That played a role, I'd bet, in Bill Clinton's decision to locate his office in Harlem, for instance, and his outspoken positions on HIV infection in Africa.)
If you were hoping to set up something like this MTV event where P Diddy kissed Hillary Clinton on TV, told her she looked fabulous, and essentially helped her court a lot of young black votes, well then maybe that's the kind of event William Wesley has the connections to assist with.
If you're trying to raise money and influence in the inner city, a guy who has Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, and Jay-Z on speed dial might not be a bad place to start.
Jay-Z, by the way, has been loudly anti-Bush and appeared at at least one event with Hillary Clinton.
This is all just conjecture, though, because while I have heard that William Wesley and Bill Clinton know each other, I have not heard any specific news or even theories about why they might have met.
I'm interested to hear your thoughts...