- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 5, 2006

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams says he will continue to do nice things for Ward 8, even though he feels underappreciated and disliked by its residents.

“I made it a point that I would make investments in Ward 8, regardless of the politics involved,” he said during his weekly press conference. “If I were a normal, politically operating mayor, a lot of what we do … would not be happening.”

Mr. Williams listed a string of good deeds his administration has done for that ward, such as arranging for the development of a new Giant Food supermarket.

“We are doing so many things in Ward 8 — the Anacostia Gateway, for example; the new communications center, for example … Poplar Point, a new bridge. I could go on and on and on and on,” he said.

Mr. Williams, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election, said he expects Ward 8 residents to one day recognize his contributions.

“It’s not a matter of [the residents] being ungrateful. Politics is politics. I think down the road, people will recognize the enormous investments that we made,” he said. “You do things because they’re the right thing to do. Part of me is like, ‘Well, I’ll show them. I won’t show up.’ Well, what good would that do?”

Ramsey for mayor?

If nominated, he would not run. If elected, he would not serve.

That’s the word from Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, who said last week he has no interest in being mayor of the District.

“I’m not politically inclined, never have been. It’s just not my thing,” Chief Ramsey said on the WTOP Radio’s “Ask the Chief” program.

Asked if he would rule out running for mayor if residents mounted a “draft Charles Ramsey” campaign, the police chief said: “I would. I’m not interested in that. I like what I’m doing now. I like being a cop.”

Chief Ramsey said he would like to continue on as police chief, no matter who is elected mayor in November, but that he hasn’t lobbied anyone to keep the job.

“It’s out of my hands,” he said. “I don’t worry too much about things I don’t have a lot of control over.”

The quiet man

Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer was unusually silent last week at his first Board of Public Works meeting since he caused a stir by telling a female aide to “walk again” so he could see her backside.

The 84-year-old Democrat said little and mostly sat with his arms crossed during the routine twice-monthly meeting.

Earlier last month, Mr. Schaefer landed in national news reports for his ogling of the young female aide after she brought him a drink.

When reporters asked him about his comment after the meeting, Mr. Schaefer said that he would not apologize and that she was lucky to be the object of his stare.

On Wednesday, Mr. Schaefer entered the meeting and whispered to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. Then he counted out loud the number of news cameras there — six.

Mr. Schaefer briefly apologized to a television reporter he was rude to recently, and then the meeting began with no acknowledgment of the incident two weeks earlier.

Mr. Schaefer bypassed his typical custom of making remarks to start the meeting.

No aides brought drinks.

Backing Brown

The Latino Coalition (TLC) last week announced its support for Democratic lobbyist Michael Brown in his bid to become D.C. mayor.

“He understands our issues,” TLC President Robert Deposada said during a gathering at the City Club. “Few candidates in this race really understand small business. It really was an easy decision.”

Mr. Brown has “knowledge of and is involved in our community,” Mr. Deposada added.

The lobbyist is vying for the Democratic nomination against Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp, council members Vincent B. Orange Sr. and Adrian M. Fenty, and businesswoman Marie Johns, among others.

Mr. Brown said the TLC endorsement is “an important part of building bridges.”

Staffing up

Harris Miller, a Democratic candidate for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat, has hired several veterans of successful Democratic campaigns in top staff and advisory positions.

Mr. Miller is seeking the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. George Allen’s bid for a second term this year.

Another Democrat, former Reagan administration Navy Secretary Jim Webb, also has announced he intends to seek the party’s nomination. The party will choose its nominee in a June primary.

Mr. Miller’s campaign manager is Andy Resnick, who managed Democratic upsets in Loudoun County for Delegate David Poisson and state Sen. Mark Herring.

Mo Elleithee of Hilltop Public Solutions becomes the campaign’s general consultant. Mr. Elleithee was spokesman for Mark R. Warner’s victorious governor’s race in 2001, as well as Sen. Charles S. Robb’s failed re-election bid in 2000.

Mr. Robb’s 2000 campaign manager, Jim Mulhall, will be Mr. Miller’s media consultant. Mr. Mulhall is an executive with the media and advertising firm of Squier Knapp Dunn Communications.

Geoffrey Garin of Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group will be Mr. Miller’s pollster.

Adam Goers will be Mr. Miller’s finance director, and Taylor West will be communications director.

Brian Cook, a Warner administration press aide, will be press secretary.

Jim Crounse and Alan Moore of the Mack-Crounse Group will handle Mr. Miller’s direct-mail operation. Mr. Moore is a former executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party.

John Rohrbach, who was Timothy M. Kaine’s Internet coordinator for last year’s successful gubernatorial campaign, will direct Mr. Miller’s Internet operations.

All for Kimmie

U.S. Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner of Bel Air, Md., won kudos from both sides of the aisle last week.

First lady Kendel S. Ehrlich attended the “Kimmie Meissner Celebration Parade” on Friday in the young Olympian’s hometown.

Mrs. Ehrlich presented the 16-year-old figure skater with a citation from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, recognizing her sixth-place finish last month at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Miss Meissner also was paid tribute by U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Democrat who praised the figure skater on the Senate floor.

“I rise today to honor Kimmie Meissner, a great Olympian and the pride of Bel Air, Maryland,” Miss Mikulski said. “We in Maryland are so proud of Kimmie. Sixth at the Olympics at the age of 16 is a monumental achievement.”

An uncertain future

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams last week showcased a new book about baseball in the District called “The Washington Nationals: 1859 to Today,” by Frederic J. Frommer.

“Check this book out,” Mr. Williams told reporters at his weekly press briefing. “There’s a forward by Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony A. Williams.”

When asked by reporter Tim Lemke of The Washington Times what the last chapter in the book says, Mr. Williams could not make up his mind.

“The last chapter [is] being told … the last chapter [is] blank …” he said. “No, it all ended happily ever after.”

• Amy Doolittle, Matthew Cella and S.A. Miller contributed to this column, which is based in part on wire service reports.

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