- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2000

A group of D.C. activists has accused the incumbent and front-runner in the race for the presidency of the D.C. Board of Education of campaign finance violations. The candidate, the Rev. Robert G. Childs, says he did nothing wrong and handed all pertinent information to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance. The office has not yet ruled on the complaint.
Here's the activists' beef: The Childs campaign failed to disclose, in a timely manner, expenditures for posters and other literature and campaign services, including rental fees for a post office box and for stamps. Marie Drissel, a former appointee of Mayor Tony Williams and treasurer of his successful 1998 campaign, filed the complaint. Mr. Williams just happens to support an opponent of Mr. Childs, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, who on Saturday suggested that Mr. Childs had been negligent in his duties, an accusation she reinforced with a blaring rendition of the pop tune, "Who let the dogs out?" The Childs campaign certainly hasn't "let the dogs out." For the record, his campaign plans to spend less than $10,000 while Mrs. Cafritz plans to spend 10 times that amount and more.
Notwithstanding the candidates' financial resources, Mr. Childs won the endorsements of The Washington Times and The Washington Post, and the editorial page editors of both newspapers stand by their endorsements. Said The Post's editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt, "We endorsed the candidate who we think is best suited to be president of the new school board, and I haven't seen anything to this point that would make me think we made a mistake."
Neither has The Times. Editors here argued Oct. 30 that Mr. Childs' leadership, trustworthiness and commitment have already demonstrated he is "the right leader" for the new school board. That is why The Times reiterates its endorsement today, and that is why voters should elect Mr. Childs tomorrow.

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