Where is this year’s Linda Cropp? (or Carol Schwartz?)
In the spring and summer of 2006 anyone who left the house saw for their own eyes that Adrian Fenty was as ubiquitous in the city street’s as 992s (now and always “legendary”). Then Ward 4 Councilmember was “beating his feet” everywhere in the city, at all hours.
From being one of the first to arrive on the scene of late night / early morning Uptown shootings to taking time to meet with the DC Youth Advisory Council this man was everywhere.
Any Washingtonian native, generational or working on their second week in town, could see Fenty was winning wear it mattered. As they say in the clichéd currency of campaign managers and politicians, Fenty was winning “hearts and minds”.
Before The Washington Post released polls indicating Fenty’s approval ratings were in decline, anyone on the street could tell you the chatter within the peasantry for Fenty is not all love.
Although the powers that be are strongly urging City Council Chair Vince Gray to oppose Fenty he has been at best non-committal. So we are now left with current At-Large City Council Member Michael Brown, former broadcaster Leo Alexander, and some other random people?
Unfortunately, only Brown, whose late father Ron Brown was Commerce Secretary under Pres. Clinton, has the pedigree to one day be considered old guard. So we are missing this year’s Linda Cropp. Or even Carol Schwartz, who ran for Mayor and lost four times; 1986, 1994, 1998, and 2002, for that matter.
We need some fireworks in the 2010 race.
Mr. Marion Barry, The Washington Syndicate formally asks you to run.
You are the only one beloved enough by the old guard to be this year’s Linda Cropp.
I know you can make this thing interesting. You still have time. C’mon Son!