These links provide insight into a number of local political developments in the Washington Metro area on both sides of the Potomac.
Alexandria, Virginia, a city of 120,000, founded in 1745 as a commercial entrepot, is a place quite distinct in culture and law from Washington, DC, ten miles away. I live in Alexandria. It is a splendid place to live and my wife is a community leader here.
Alexandria is presently ruled by a left leaning political coalition of Northern immigrants, minorities of various kinds (Alexandria =21% Black), and yellow dog Democrats. The mayor is Black. The city manager is Black and the city attorney is Black. The Democratic coalition seems to have about 65% of the vote. Underlying this political activity is a fact little noted by many. The stratum of people descended from those who founded the city still exercises a powerful influence.
The Democratic Party primary election for its nominations to the city legislative council is tomorrow. There are many candidates. The most interesting of these is a man who spent much of his life as a gay rights activist in Richmond, the Commenwealth capital. Three years ago, he came to Alexandria, and is now running for City Council. White people in Alexandria often elect Black people. That is why we have a Black mayor who has served several terms. We also have an openly gay male member of the city council. He is well accepted as a rational and moderate man.
Now, we have this transplant from Richmond who is running a campaign for which he has raised $49,000 so far. This is an unheard of sum for such a purpose here. As stated in a story below, his lover contributed money to a very new PAC. This PAC printed and distributed a slick paper scurrilous attack on Boyd Walker, a moderate Democrat whose mother was a long serving liberal member of City Council.
What is this? Is it a concerted effort to tranform Alexandria into an engine of agitation in the Commonwealth? It didn't work in Richmond, so now it will be attempted in Alexandria? We have a traditonal of civility in this city. We will see how this "plays" in tomorrow's polling.
Across the river, in the "Big Uneasy," we have a city government that is collapsing under the weight of federal investigations, indictments and convictions of Black members of city council. The mayor's future is an open question. Milloy, a columnist for the Washington Post, has written the column linked below in which he bemoans the possibility that the next mayor of Washington might be White. Is this not racist? pl