- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 12, 2005

Ingrid Morroy, Arlington County’s commissioner for revenue, is something of a songwriter on the side.

At a recent campaign event at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center in Alexandria, Miss Morroy’s band, the Constituents, performed a song for Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat running for governor.

She co-wrote the song with Sue Gruskiewicz, who was her campaign co-chairwoman in 2003.

Here are the lyrics, which are sung to the tune of Petula Clark’s 1964 hit “Downtown”:

“If you want someone with straight talk and strong values

“You must go and vote: Tim Kaine

“If you want someone with experience in leading

“You must go and vote: Tim Kaine

“Just listen to his message of expanding opportunity

“His record of accomplishments is proof of his ability

“How can we lose?

“Our lives will be brighter then

“Because he’ll work to cut spending

“And bring tax relief

“So vote Tim Kaine, Virginia’s next governor

“Tim Kaine, he’s our next governor

“Tim Kaine, Virginia’s next governor now

“If you want someone who’s committed for families

“You must go and vote: Tim Kaine

“If you want someone who’ll improve health insurance

“You must go and vote: Tim Kaine

“Just listen to his message of support for education

“And hear his plan to bring about much better job creation

“How can we lose?

“Our lives will be brighter then

“He’ll fix our traffic congestion

“And keep our state clean

“So vote Tim Kaine, Virginia’s next governor

“Tim Kaine, he’s our next governor

“Tim Kaine, Virginia’s next governor now”

No word yet from the Grammys.

On the ballot

Virginia Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. on Friday submitted his petitions to run as an independent in the Nov. 8 gubernatorial election.

“Now we’re in the ballgame,” said Mr. Potts, Winchester Republican.

Mr. Potts, who helped his campaign volunteers with the petition drive, turned in 24,137 signatures. Only 10,000 were needed.

“All my life, I’ve been underestimated, and I’ve succeeded against all odds,” he said. “We’re going to pull off the biggest political upset in the history of Virginia politics.”

He will face Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, and the winner of the Republican primary election tomorrow. Former Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore is considered the favorite to defeat Warrenton Mayor George B. Fitch in the primary.

Mr. Kilgore turned in the most signatures in his bid to be on the ballot. Mr. Potts was close behind, surpassing Mr. Kaine by 5,000 signatures.

Statehood I

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran joked Friday that he thinks Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland should secede from the union.

“We should have a Washington metropolitan area,” said Mr. Moran, Virginia Democrat. “We’ve got far more in common than suburban Maryland has with Annapolis. … No matter how unlikely it is ever to occur, I’m trying to make a point. It may be quixotic, but the fact is, we subsidize the rest of the state in Northern Virginia as does suburban Maryland subsidize Annapolis.”

He made the lighthearted comments on WTOP Radio’s “The Politics Program” with Mark Plotkin when he talked about lawmakers who refuse to fund roads and infrastructure in Northern Virginia.

Statehood II

A congressional committee will look at four bills to give residents of the District full congressional voting rights, Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, said Friday.

The hearing is scheduled for next month, and Mr. Davis’ proposal is among those to be discussed.

It gives the District a House seat but no Senate representation. It also gives largely Republican Utah an additional House vote to offset what likely would be a Democrat elected from the District.

The city currently has a delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, who can vote in committee but not on the House floor.

“People here in the District die for our country. They pay federal taxes. This is the symbol for democracy across the world,” Mr. Davis said. “I just think it’s a glaring hole to not allow at a minimum a vote in the House of Representatives.”

Mr. Davis said his bill has enough Republican support in his committee to pass.

Gilmore’s take

Former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III said the state’s prohibition of consecutive gubernatorial terms is “profoundly stupid.”

“We ought to have the ability to have two terms in a row,” the Republican said Friday on WTOP Radio’s “The Politics Program” with Mark Plotkin. “Incumbency is a very powerful thing, so term limits of a couple of terms [make] a lot of sense … but to have one term, it’s just not enough time for a chief executive of Virginia to accomplish all of his goals.”

When asked whether he would run for governor again, Mr. Gilmore responded: “I could. I haven’t made any decision to do that. I could run for that office or any other office. … I’m quite likely to be a candidate again at some point.”


Former Prince George’s County Delegate Rushern L. Baker III is thinking about running for county executive and has formed an exploratory committee.

Last week, Mr. Baker, a Democrat, condemned crime in the county and said the next executive should make the county a place where the American Dream succeeded — not where it failed.

Pro-business Dems

Maryland Delegate Nancy J. King, Montgomery County Democrat and small-business owner, thinks her party is good for businesses in the state.

So she has joined other Democratic business owners in the House of Delegates to form a caucus that will promote the message that Democrats make Maryland a good place to do business.

Delegate Galen R. Clagett, Frederick County Democrat and a founder of the House Democratic Business Caucus, says the House has four times as many Democratic business owners as Republican business owners.

Delegate Herman L. Taylor II, Montgomery County Democrat, said the new caucus “gives us Democrats a platform we can speak from.”

Gun vote

Jerry W. Kilgore picked up the National Rifle Association’s endorsement last week, then opened fire in new radio ads at Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, the Democrat he likely will face in the fall election for governor.

The NRA, the nation’s best-known and most politically potent gun-rights organization, gave Mr. Kilgore its blessing for the Republican primary tomorrow against an opponent running his first race for any state office.

Sorry about that

Baltimore County Council member S.G. Samuel Moxley last week apologized for his drunken-driving arrest after a crash on the Baltimore Beltway near Woodlawn. He said he accepts responsibility for his actions, and he was thankful no one was hurt.

Mr. Moxley represents the Catonsville area and said he would work to regain the trust of his colleagues, his constituents and his family.

A County Council official told the Baltimore Sun that Mr. Moxley was driving a county-owned vehicle.

Regional tensions

Tensions simmered between the area’s metropolitan core and its outlying suburbs in a vote last week to commission a study on the effects of proposed military base closings.

The Pentagon wants to merge the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and another hospital at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County. Bolling Air Force Base in Southwest also would lose jobs under the proposal.

Members of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments voted unanimously to study the potential effects of the closings on the environment, job market and transportation network, but the measure passed only after participants from outlying areas were assured of having a say in the study’s conclusions.

“I will only support it if there is something in there that we will have a form of communication before the executive board is making decisions for the whole region,” said Hilda Barg, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

The council voted as the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission, whose members are appointed by the president, prepared a series of hearings to consider which bases to recommend closing.

• Christina Bellantoni contributed to this column, which is based in part on wire service reports.

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