That’s Politics

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For example, in 2009 Mr. Fenty left unmentioned questions about an unannounced trip to Dubai paid for by the government of the United Arab Emirates. Likewise, in 2004 Mr. Williams did not acknowledge the demonstrators outside the building in the midst of an unsuccessful effort to recall him.

March 28 is the same day D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh has scheduled a hearing of the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment to discuss the “executive’s personnel practices.”

Activist and Peaceoholics founder Ron Moten has already announced plans to hold a State of the District “rebuttal” across the street from the convention center at Bar 7 after Mr. Gray’s address.

So this year’s event should be as memorable.

Who’s up next?

Ever wonder who runs the District when the mayor and the city administrator are off at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ annual spring convention in Las Vegas or some such event?

One might think it was one of the high-priced senior staffers with the words “deputy mayor” in their title. But according to a Feb. 9 mayor’s order, it was Mr. Gray’s chief of staff who would take charge in the event the mayor and City Administrator Allen Lew were absent or disabled.

Not to worry. The abrupt departure last week of Gerri Mason Hall from that position is not likely to thrust the District into a succession crisis. Presumably interim Chief of Staff Paul A. Quander Jr. will be the next person to step in. So where was Mr. Quander on the depth chart before last week? As deputy mayor for public safety and justice, he was one step below Ms. Hall.

Working for the people

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican, on Friday hosted more than 100 constituents at a Farmers and Growers Town Hall meeting in Frederick County on Friday. The goal was to provide farmers and growers with up-to-date information and early season protocols for combating halyomorpha halys, commonly known as the stink bug.

“Thus far we cant control it,” the Republican congressman said.

After the creepy little predators chewed their way through mid-Atlantic farms and orchards last year they launched a horrifying late-summer infestation of homes, cars and businesses that some say will be at least as bad this year.

So it’s good to see someone in Congress has their priorities in the right places.

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