SIMMONS: Democratic mayoral candidates duke it out toward end game

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ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The end game.

The first black U.S. president, Barack Obama, appointed the first black U.S. attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., who wanted another black, Ronald C. Machen Jr., to be the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

The race card was played, but it isn’t the trump in this story.

Now, let us begin the story.

“The Democratic Party is at stake,” Carlos Allen, a Democrat making a run for D.C. mayor, said during an interview Thursday.

His comments followed those made two days earlier by Ron Phillips, chairman of the D.C. GOP, who said, “We must get out of this rinse-and-repeat cycle of electing candidates simply because there’s a ‘D’ behind their name.”

Both Mr. Allen and Mr. Phillips are spot on in their assessments of the fallout of the case against Jeffrey E. Thompson, the city’s former rainmaker and prolific campaign funder who pleaded guilty Monday to federal conspiracy charges.

The question, now, is are D.C. stakeholders really and truly paying attention to the unfolding, contemptuous events?

After speaking with Mr. Allen, I asked the head of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, Anita Bonds, if she agreed with Mr. Allen’s assessment and she succinctly said, “No, I do not.”

As the party leader, I understand why she might not want to admit that she and her fellow jackasses have a problem.

I proffered no follow-up question for several reasons: 1) One former Democratic lawmaker is in prison and one skated jail time by the hair on his chinny-chin-chin; 2) another will soon hear the bars clang; and 3) more than a half-dozen Democratic players have pleaded guilty to dirty politics.

The District has been a one-party town for too long.

The mayor, the D.C. Council chairman and the majority of seats have always been held by Democrats.

This year independents (yay!) are positioning themselves to end what Mr. Phillips rightly named the “rinse-and-repeat cycle.”

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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