Apparently, the majority of Washington voters just don't get it. Marion Barry is the perfect example of how this is the case. They elected him mayor twice and then, after he served six months in federal prison, they elected him to the D.C. Council. His current tax and traffic ticket issues are evidently small potatoes for the protected political class.
In 2006, Washington elected as mayor the energetic Adrian Fenty, who did his job diligently and made tough decisions - only to be voted out in the 2010 election. Mr. Fenty may have had his shortcomings in political office, but he did the right things overwhelmingly and got results, especially where the city's school system was concerned. Apparently, in Washington no good job goes unpunished.
With the latest revelations about Washington's new mayor, Vincent Gray, appointing a felon, is it any wonder why home rule hasn't happened?
CHRISTOPHER S. MOODY
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By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years