- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014


D.C. voters get to do something in November they have never before done — vote for an attorney general.

The city currently has an AG, but he and the mayor are attached at the hip, for better and for worse.

The law changes that relationship.

Various city agencies will still have general counsels and the like, but the elected AG will have considerable legal authority.

The race is finally shaping up following a ballot initiative, our own lawmakers holding their collective noses at the very thought of an elected AG and a legal battle.

The court sided with voters, thanks to the heavens.

The deadline for petitions to be on the November ballot was Wednesday, and one of those who made the cut, Ed “Smitty” Smith, told me Thursday that he turned in 6,500 signatures — more than twice the required number for a citywide seat.

A lawyer formerly with the prestigious Hogan & Hartson firm, Mr. Smith also has worked as a federal lawyer and worked on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign — and, yes, he is a native son of D.C.

Mr. Smith has the experience and credentials that could easily qualify him to be “of counsel,” but critics say he is too young — translation: Mr. Smith has yet to pay his “Democratic Party dues.”


That’s a huge part of the incestuous problem in Washington. Everybody wants to be in bed together, but nobody wants to bring the smokes.

Mr. Smith, who I interviewed Thursday on WPFW-FM Radio and spoke with briefly afterward, is not of the clique.

Besides, Harvard Law taught him more than merely prepping him for the bar exam.

And those 6,500 signatures prove it.

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