Thursday, October 30


Michael Brown

Loose Lips, City Paper
- Thanks to [a] cronified bankroll, Brown’s largely skipped the Fenty-and-Kwame–type door-knocking extravaganza in favor of reams of handbills and incessant robocalls. His recent pattern of showing up late or not at all to community forums due to conflicting fundraisers should be taken as some indication of his priorities.

Add to that his spotty history of business and political dealings. Brown recently found himself on the wrong side of a jury ruling regarding a business deal at the Washington Convention Center. That comes in addition to unfavorable judgments regarding to money he owes to the Verizon Center and federal campaign-finance violations.

He also did not distinguish himself during his last stint in public service, as vice chair of the D.C. Boxing Commission. Brown was behind efforts to offer Mike Tyson a boxing license in the District after being convicted of rape, biting off Evander Holyfield’s ear, fomenting a press-conference melee with Lennox Lewis, and drawing two sets of additional rape accusations. The Brown-led effort came after authorities in Nevada, Texas, and Colorado had denied Tyson a boxing license. (California, Michigan, Georgia, England, Denmark, and the Netherlands would all eventually pass on a Tyson fight.)

In this campaign, Brown’s made himself out as an expert on municipal finance, saying that the District needs to restructure its debt, particularly on ballpark bonds. That’s the sort of financial mumbo-jumbo that sounds good in candidate forums, but means little elsewhere.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Eleanor Holmes Norton is the biggest argument against DC getting voting representation in the House since she would be the one with the vote. While she constantly talks about voting rights, she was a leading member of the cabal that diminished DC voters' rights with the federal takeover in the 1990s and she hasn't lifted a finger for real democracy i.e. statehood. With the Democrats poised to take over the government, we will be inundated with yakking over voting representation and we can guarantee you that hardly any of the colonials in power nor the media will take note of the fact that the same majority and the same Obama in the White House could just as easily pass statehood. Remember that voting representation does not change DC's colonial status, while under statehood we would have all the rights of other American citizens.


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