- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2005

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If he hasn’t already, D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams is about to receive an affidavit and supporting evidence from Terry T. Campo, with the Washington law firm Farrell and Campo, who late last week witnessed a D.C. Parking Authority officer park his government car in front of a fire hydrant, then apparently proceed to take his girlfriend to lunch in Georgetown.

“Re: District of Columbia Parking Enforcement

“(1) Endangering the Public Safety by Parking In Front of Fire Hydrant;

“(2) Violation of Local Ordinance(s) by Authorities Charged with Their Enforcement by Parking in a No-Parking Zone;

“(3) Misuse of Government Vehicles by Government Employees.”

So begins the affidavit by Mr. Campo, who on Thursday at approximately 11:25 a.m., “personally witnessed an automobile purporting by its signage to be assigned to the District of Columbia parking authority, and bearing the official government license plate (small letters, ‘DC’) and the number of 0635, parked directly in front of the fire-hydrant located on the south-east side of Thomas Jefferson Street NW, and M Street NW, in the section of Washington, D.C., commonly known as ‘Georgetown.’”

Mr. Campo proceeded to take pictures of the car with his digital camera, copies of which he sent to this column. Then, while jotting down additional evidence, who should appear but the uniformed D.C. officer — “approximately 35 years of age” — who gave the lawyer “what I would describe as a ‘dirty look’ or one of nonverbal hostility.”

The ticket writer then unlocked the passenger-side door for a woman — “approximately 30 years of age,” and further described by the lawyer as “large” — and while driving off, flashed Mr. Campo another “dirty look.”

The lawyer’s affidavit concluded that, as a member of the D.C. Bar, “I have often witnessed incompetence by local government employees and the corruption of selective enforcement of the laws. This especially seems the case of the parking authority employees.”

He cited numerous examples, with dates and times — too many to list here.

Hanging a shingle

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, along with David Ayres, his longtime chief of staff from the Department of Justice and in the Senate, is forming a Washington business venture, to be named the Ashcroft Group LLC.

In addition, Inside the Beltway is told, Juleanna Glover Weiss, a lobbyist with Clark and Weinstock and formerly a senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney and New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, will join the team. She also worked for Mr. Ashcroft on Capitol Hill.

Clients can call on the Ashcroft Group for strategic consulting and security services, particularly on domestic and international issues in homeland security and law enforcement, as well as antitrust and intellectual-property protection.

He’s back

Conservative commentator Armstrong Williams isn’t the most popular guy in Washington since it was revealed that the Education Department paid him $241,000 in return for on-air promotion of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind law.

But they like him in the Big Apple.

New York radio station WWRL says the hottest new show in the city is “Drivetime Dialogue with Sam Greenfield and Armstrong Williams,” with the latest Arbitron ratings showing that the time slot has doubled its audience since Mr. Williams joined the station as co-host in March.

High hopes

Pete Conrad was the third man to walk on the moon, but the first man to dance on the lunar surface, as he was always quick to point out.

Now his widow, Nancy Conrad, is in Washington to launch her new book, “Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad’s Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond,” beginning with a book party at Teatro Goldoni on Wednesday night. Numerous VIPs are on the guest list.

On Thursday, the widow will meet former Sen. John Glenn, Ohio Democrat and another former astronaut,for Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum’s new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport, the companion facility to the museum on the National Mall. (The two sites together showcase the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.)

“For Pete Conrad, it was all about the ride,” says Mrs. Conrad, whose husband died as a result of a motorcycle accident.

As the book points out, Mr. Conrad was never the “squeaky clean NASA poster boy,” but he was known by fellow astronauts as the “comeback kid,” bouncing as he did out of the Mercury Program, yet roaring back to fly two Gemini missions, walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 12, and command the first Skylab.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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