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Kenyan McDuffie, D.C.’s Next Next Mayor?

Kenyan McDuffie

Kenyan McDuffie found a lot wrong in his ward last Saturday. Empty bottles of Corona and Christian Brothers brandy lined Bladensburg Road NE, while the auto mechanics on the street topped their fences with razor-wire that dangled low enough to catch a passerby.

Fumes wafting from one auto-body shop made the whole block smell like a paint store. Looking to catch the business throwing away chemicals illegally, the Ward 5 councilmember, to the chagrin of the shop's manager, took a peek into the dumpster himself.

It's constituent service, Ward 5 style. McDuffie brought a small army of representatives from D.C. government agencies for a walk-through in his ward's Woodridge neighborhood.

Between vacant houses and the ubiquitous mechanics, there was more than enough to keep the inspectors busy. Quality-of-life problems aside, though, the neighborhood activists tagging along with McDuffie's entourage were delighted to see their elected representative walking the streets. One civic association member enthused to LL that the councilmember had restored "integrity" to the entire ward.

High praise, except pretty much anyone in the District would have been an improvement over the Ward 5 seat's last occupant. McDuffie won his position in a 2012 special election to replace Harry Thomas Jr., who had leveraged his Council position and roots in a Ward 5 political dynasty into a three-year prison sentence after he was caught stealing city grant money meant for at-risk kids.

Later this month, McDuffie, 38, will mark his second anniversary in office. McDuffie has the entire District government in his portfolio as chairman of the Councilís government operations committee. With a photogenic family and a sparkling ethical record, McDuffie is well-poised to run for citywide office. With mayoral hopefuls David Catania and Muriel Bowser facing off in November, it's not clear who will be the next mayor, but there's a good chance that whoever wins, McDuffie could be the next next mayor.

When McDuffie took office, his ward—thanks to the District's zoning rules—was dealing with an influx of uses other wards would rather not have, attracting strip clubs, medical marijuana shops, and a streetcar barn. Meanwhile, flooding in Bloomingdale was sending sewage into people's homes.

Judging by the reaction to McDuffie's campaign to win a full four-year term this year, his constituent-service work paid off. The crowd at McDuffie's campaign kick-off at Bladensburg Road's Eclipse nightclub in January included three of his former special election opponents and Thomas' mother, who introduced McDuffie. He won his re-election primary with 78 percent of the vote, facing only token opposition from Ward 5 gadfly Kathy Henderson.

With his re-election in the bag—he's unopposed in the general election—McDuffie has used the government operations committee perch he landed in January 2013 to give himself citywide prominence on ethics. He pushed through a campaign finance reform bill, then mediated a dispute between feuding watchdogs at the District's Office of the Inspector General and the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. And he's become a reliable vote with good-government types like Ward 6's Tommy Wells and At-Large Councilmember David Grosso.

Of course, not everyone in the District government wants to be reformed. After landing the radioactive assignment to head a special committee charged with punishing Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry for taking thousands of dollars in gifts from city contractors, McDuffie faced pushback from veteran councilmembers like Vincent Orange. Orange suggested that McDuffie's proposal to take away Barry's committee chairmanship was actually a scheme to get better assignments for councilmembers Anita Bonds and Grosso. McDuffie's recommendation passed anyway.

McDuffie's faced so much opposition from the Council's old guard that he's developed a trademark verbal tic for it: a stutter. Baffled by critics of his reforms, McDuffie stammers like he can't even comprehend why he'd draw opposition.

He's getting better at dais theatrics, though. When Orange criticized his attempt last week to change a District law so the city could conduct a national search for a new inspector general, McDuffie came prepared. After Orange complained that no experts had been consulted on the change, McDuffie started reading from 11-year-old notes on an Orange-run committee that hadn't consulted experts, either. (McDuffie eventually withdrew the bill anyway, with plans to reintroduce it when it has more support.)

Unlike the last occupant of his seat, McDuffie has a squeaky clean image. When one of his Council staffers spent a couple hundred dollars from McDuffie's constituent service fund on bar tabs (an egregious use of the money, even by the loose standards of constituent service funds), McDuffie quickly fired him. McDuffie is willing to take his good-government image to extremes—during his Woodridge walk-through, McDuffie refused to cross an empty street against the light, lest LL take a picture of him jaywalking.

Last October, District politics wag and sometimes campaign manager Chuck Thies wrote a column for NBC 4 dubbing him "Mayor McDuffie." After labor coalition D.C. Working Families endorsed McDuffie in his primary, Delvone Michael, the group's executive director, told LL that McDuffie was the kind of person his organization thought "should aspire for higher office." Hint, hint.

McDuffie's potential hasn't been lost on the District's campaign financiers, either. Despite facing almost nonexistent opposition in last April's Democratic primary, McDuffie raised more than $115,000, then spent less than $60,000 of it.

His campaign disclosure forms read like a who's-who of deep pockets necessary to run a citywide campaign: developers, mega-contractor Fort Myer Construction, and lobbyist Rod Woodson. District bigwigs have at least one reason to like McDuffie: his industrial land use task force, which promises to shake up development opportunities in the ward.

"I don't think donations to an elected officials campaign equate to unequal access to an office," McDuffie says.

McDuffie's popularity with the usual Wilson Building crowd could pose a problem for how effectively he runs his committee, if not for any citywide ambitions. Unlike otherwise ideologically similar politicians like Wells, McDuffie does accept corporate contributions, a decision he defends on the grounds that his campaign finance bill closed a loophole that allowed contributions from mysterious LLCs. While Grosso doesn't keep a constituent service fund, McDuffie does, a decision he says he made because of comparatively higher constituent service demands on ward councilmembers.

In another sign of McDuffie's electability, he's deeply uninterested in talking to LL about his electability. Asked about future plans, McDuffie instead gives LL a short civics lesson that included mentions of integrity, his background, and his plans for Ward 5. And yet...

"I don't ever really foreclose the possibilities of what will happen in the future," he says.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    This would be a welcome evolution in DC politics. I hope he runs.

  2. #2

    McDuffie is a black man with great potential and promise. However, I am afraid that he along with too many of our rising black leaders in this city is losing their political focus and identity.

    Clearly, Mr. McDuffie has gone to great lengths to align himself with the white progressive agenda in this city. And in doing so, he has and will continue to alienate his black political base which ultimately will curtail his political rise in this city. The political life span for black progressives in this city is very short because they are forced to neglect their "black base" to appease white voters who are not fundamentally loyal to black politicians.

    Sadly, too many of our rising black leaders are being influenced by black paid “agents” to abandon their traditional political and social values in favor of a progressive agenda which does not include their issues or interests.

    It’s imperative that the rising black leaders in this city remains true to their traditional political and social values which are responsible for the tremendous political, social and economic progressed that have been made by us. Moreover, black leaders must not be “duped” into believing that “coalition politics” which is the foundation of the progressive movement is or ever can be the panacea for the socia-economic problems which exist in our communities.

    I contend that our rising black leader’s political platform must be geared towards political, social and economic justice for our community.

    Nearly every successful and effective black politician of the past politics was guided by this political quest.

  3. #3

    I WOULD LOVE IT

  4. #4

    McDuffie is a good guy, but I don't believe Ward 5 has fully supported him yet.

    McDuffie pretty much ran against no one this past election. I would like to see how he operates when there is a worthy candidate in Ward 5. If he can pull it off when there is competition, then perhaps I might consider him a decent candidate for Mayor.

    If you ask people in Ward 5, they really don't think McDuffie has done anything noteworthy for the ward.

  5. #5

    I've worked with Grosso and several McDuffies in the past. The clean cut thing is not an image with McDuffie. That's who he is. But I've also never seen the man pass judgement on anyone. I'm a big fan of CM McDuffie and hope he does aspire to hire office. He's a good candidate and a good man.

    CM Grosso is also an outstanding Councilmember. I feel as if McDuffie's name can't be mentioned without Grosso's. They've worked together on key issues and have demeanors that seem to mesh well.

    The old guard is going to hang on for life. But they've got a new generation of legit home grown leadership to contend with. McDuffie and Grosso are the crest of a wave that I'd love to see overtake the Wilson Building.

  6. #6

    I like how a whopping two years with no ethics scandals or trouble constitutes a "sparkling ethical record." Standards are just so low for councilmembers.

    I don't think McDuffie has done anything noteworthy for the ward, but I live in Ward 5 and have been pleasantly surprised with him so far. I expected a former prosecutor to be difficult to support on issues like ex-offender rights, but so far he's taken reasonable positions on most issues.

  7. #7

    My worst fear is that McDuffie will run. Why?

    "His campaign disclosure forms read like a who's-who of deep pockets necessary to run a citywide campaign: developers, mega-contractor Fort Myer Construction, and lobbyist Rod Woodson. District bigwigs have at least one reason to like McDuffie: his industrial land use task force, which promises to shake up development opportunities in the ward."

    People in Bloomingdale are still experiencing sewage in their basements when it rains torrentially, so that problem is NOT solved. McDuffie attended the Zoning Commission hearing last Tuesday night only to pledge his opposition (Freudian slip, CM?), er, I mean, complete support for the development by a cadre of speculators and construction companies of McMillan Sands Filtration Site and Park, a National Landmark designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., This action by our city completely ignores the covenants under which the land was transferred by the federal government to the District as well as D.C.'s own Comprehensive Plan--not to mention the opposition of the majority of the neighborhood and people all across the city when they learn about DMPED's plans. Mr. McDuffie seems to believe that as the Ward 5 CM, he owns McMillan--and the Council bows to this notion. The land was purchased with $9 million in taxpayer funds in 1987; it served for more than 75 years as a water-filtration plant for great swaths of the city, as well as the first (and for a long time) only de facto desegregated park in the District. It could be lightly developed in a sensitive and iconic fashion, as other cities have done with great open spaces and former industrial facilities, but our government is going for the Bethesda look. Afterwards McDuffie told a member of the community who opposes the development that he was in favor of building an office park, supermarkets, townhouses ($$$$) and high-rise apartments (with far less than the 30 percent of "affordable" housing mandated by McDuffie's bill own the subject) there even before he got money from the developers. But filling his coffers couldn't hurt the developers' chances of prevailing, now could it? Meanwhile, the friends of McMillan have never enjoyed consideration by Mr. McDuffie. Since he was given a seat on the panel to testify immediately upon his arrival at the ZC meeting, and he left directly after giving his testimony, he avoided having to listen to any of the witnesses who spoke so knowledgeably and eloquently against the development. I imagine he's given his donors a bit more of a hearing.

  8. #8

    My big question: Did he vote for the Large Retailer Responsibility Act, and then vote to override Gray's veto of that legislation?

    If he did, he stands for economic justice. If he didn't, he's just one more corporate-owned hack, like the odious Bowser, et al.

  9. #9

    It is nice to see a rising progressive coalition in the council.

  10. #10

    McDuffie voted for the LRAA and the override.

  11. #11

    Oh, and the fact McDuffie isn't supported by the hysterical Save Historic McMillan Park folks is all the more reason for normal people to support him.

  12. #12

    Andrea - just because someone disagrees with you about the best way forward doesn't make them corrupt. McDuffie's been pretty consistent throughout his public life that the McMillan filtration site should be developed. Sorry if you don't agree, but that doesn't make him evil.

  13. #13

    Kenyan is the ONLY person on the Council that I actually like.

  14. little minded hobgoblin
    #14

    the current race is so boringly non-existent we have to talk about the future?

    what's that all about?

  15. #15

    DC Water is building a new tunnel and is using part of McMillan to store water during floods to help mitigate the problems in Bloomingdale. I am not sure what, short of standing on RI Ave with a giant sponge, you expect McDuffie to do to address the problem, but almost none of it has anything to do with redeveloping McMillan.

  16. #16

    ahahaa McPuppy as Mayor? Stop It.

    Is he what you native Washingtonians hoped Kwame Brown would be? Because this clown hasn't done anything noteworthy in Ward 5, but because he is a native Washingtonian and hasn't been dragged through the mud with issues, He is the BEST CANDIDATE?

    This is a major reason why DC Politics will never prosper. So quick to think a DC Native can lead the city in the right direction.

    If a DC Native should be the Mayor, then why are more non-DC residents moving to the city while natives are moving out?

    DC Natives aren't looking out for other DC Natives, don't believe me? Checkout how much these BRAND NEW APARTMENTS AND HOUSING COMPLEXES cost to rent? I am sure when they cut that big deal to bring all these new things to the city, they weren't for Natives to just enjoy!

  17. #17

    "Oh, and the fact McDuffie isn't supported by the hysterical Save Historic McMillan Park folks is all the more reason for normal people to support him."

    Here here!

    People complaining that McDuffie hasn't done anything for Ward 5 either don't live here, don't pay attention, or both.

  18. Jack of all Trades
    #18

    Didn't McDuffie used to work for Vincent Orange?

  19. #19

    McDuffie had been involved in community meetings regarding the redevelopment of McMillan for many years prior to becoming a council member. He has explored the issue in detail and has not switched opinions just to please one group or the other. Before his first term began he was clear about his McMillan position, and SHARED it with the community. And he got elected by a vast majority. Do not come now and pretends to say that he is being pro-developer, that he changed once he was at the Wilson Building or that he does not want to hear this or that position.

    TONY: Stop the racist nonsense, if McDuffie had aligned himself with what you call the `white progressive agenda´ Mc Millan Park would have been a done deal. Instead, he has aligned himself with the blue-collar workers, the senior citizens, the ones that need affordable housing, the neighbors that want to have basic amenities, such as a supermarket or a decent place to eat, near their homes and with those that want sensible economic development proposals for the Ward and DC.

  20. #20

    "Oh, and the fact McDuffie isn't supported by the hysterical Save Historic McMillan Park folks is all the more reason for normal people to support him." -DC
    ---
    "Here here!"

    "People complaining that McDuffie hasn't done anything for Ward 5 either don't live here, don't pay attention, or both." -Eponymous
    ==============================

    What they said!

  21. #21

    Naw, you stop with the racist nonsense!

    The notion that black folks should not have the expectation of black leaders speaking to their concerns and or issues is PATHETIC! Too many black folks buy into this silliness.

    Moreover, I stand by my assertion that McDuffie and other black leaders in this city are compromising their traditional political and social values to appease white progressives. If Mr. McDuffie’s legislative record shows that he, in fact, is representing the issues of black folks in ward 5 as they expect then he should be applauded.

    And there should be and IS the EXPECTATION that he will continue to do so!

  22. #22

    @Tony you must be talking about the Black people who DIDNT SHOW UP TO VOTE?

    SURE, STAY LOYAL TO PEOPLE WHO CANT EVEN GET OUT THE BED & VOTE.

    THE REASON WHY THIS CITY IS IN SHAMBLES IS BECAUSE OF PEOPLE SHOWING 1-SIDED SUPPORT TO STAY IN OFFICE.

  23. Calvin H. Gurley
    #23

    The year – 2014.
    And, we citizens have yet to learn the past tricks and poison that the Media uses to redirect our attention and to not focus on the true issues and current problems of unemployment, a very poor educational system and no affordable rental units.

    The Power of Suggestion, this old trick used by the Media/Will Sommer, is still working its mojo on each and everyone who responded.

    Mary Che is unopposed in the 2014 General Election, a clean candidate and a leading woman on the council, why not select her for D.C. future Mayor?

    We just finished a primary election for Mayor- April 1, 2014. We have not gotten to the General/ November election of 2014….and the media and Will Sommer has you re-directed to a 2018 Mayoral election. Man, what a Sucker Jab to the jaw. A lot can happen from 2014 to 2018…and there are a lot of pay to play and bribes happening every day at the Wilson Building.

    Folks, just hold your horses and be in the present, live in the present and act in the present.

    Who is to say, if Catania, M. Bowser or Nestor won’t be a two or three term Mayor?

    CM Kenyan McDuffie refused to honor (with his presence) the historic unveiling of the Fredrick Douglass statue in the U.S. Capitol Tundra.

    Respecting and honoring your elders is important to me and is a great part of the American Black Culture. We Blacks, African Americans, Negroes stand upon the shoulders of our elders and ancestors who were forced to overcome slavery, Jim Crow and no civil rights. That’s all I have to say of the CM.

    Wake Up Trusting Citizens.
    Calvin H. Gurley

  24. #24

    @Vote Day,

    You are right. The turnout was horrific. But there's a reason why people fail to vote.

    Generally, it's because they have lost confidence in the candidates who they believe failed or will fail to represent them in a sufficient way. That’s why it’s critical for black leaders to begin to speak to the issues of their “key” constituents. In fact, black politicians must restore their “key” supporter’s confidence via their policies.

    The issues of low voter turnouts and inadequate representation ARE NOT NECESSARILY MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.

  25. #25

    @Calvin H. Gurley,

    Agreed 100 percent. And people wonder why there's a low turnout in the black community. My point exactly!

  26. Calvin H. Gurley
    #26

    Will Sommer is an anti-feminist and does not know jack about elected officials in the District of Columbia. Will Summer lacks the invested years required to boldly and truthfully speak on District of Columbia politics, with opinions and surface assumptions creating his news articles.

    Yes those are tough words, but we citizens should be resentful to read Summer’s writing; “…facing only token opposition from Ward 5 gadfly Kathy Henderson…”

    We must protect the work, the dedication and the sacrifice that our women and especially Black Women give to our community.

    Honorable Kathy Henderson was appointed to D.C. elected office way before CM Kenyon McDuffie moved back into the District. Kathy Henderson is a sworn, D.C. elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner – without PAY!!!

    Kathy Henderson has more strength and courage than Sommer and McKenyon put together. Summer fail to know Ms. Henderson’s sacrifice to protect and improve her SMD/community of 2000 residents, the many death threats to her and the destruction of her property. In Ward 5 Henderson went toe-to-toe to get rid of drug dealers’ hold and control of her Northeast community.

    I CHALLENGE Will Sommer to confront drug dealers, or to live or visit the Ward 5 Single-Member District of Henderson (night or day).

    TOKEN OPPOSITION…IF YOU BELIEVE THE NUMBERS
    Secondly, Mr. Sommer believes that the April 1, 2014 election results (ballots/votes) were not tainted with the Board of Election and Ethics (BOEE) admitting to a breach in its tallying systems, the irregular closing of ballot machines and left behind ballot memory cartridges at closed polling places. Will CM McDuffie who oversees BOEE investigate this April 1, 2014 election fraud? Perhaps not, since he won in the same tainted primary election.

    Mr. Sommer, you need to investigate on the election fraud in the April 1, 2014 D.C. Primary election.

    Mr. Sommer, the GLADFLY is you who hide behind your key board.

    Calvin H. Gurley

  27. #27

    So no one is going to save us from Catania and Bowser? I was hoping to get to know him a little bit more in the hopes of voting for him. So far, our two candidates stink.

    "Quality-of-life problems aside" - yeah, pesky synthetic chemicals and paint dumped into the earth - truly, a quality of life issue. Eeegads, man, buy a clue.

  28. #28

    Mr. Gurley

    If you want to be considered as a respected political candidate, please inform yourself before making false statements. Just because I figure you were busy, here´s the link of CM McDuffie´s Roundtable on DCBOE performance during April´s election. You may enjoy hearing the way Mr. McDuffie nails DCBOE´s officials and elegantly tells them that they screwed up and have to get their act together.

    http://media-07.granicus.com:443/OnDemand/dc/dc_4be670b2-4a3a-4dbc-8865-318d0db635fe.mp3

  29. Marvin E. Adams
    #29

    I get it! I truly, truly get it! Mr. Sommer, and by extension, the Washington City Paper, are continuing in a long standing tradition of telling folks (see Black folks) whom they should entrust the stewardship of (fill in the blank). Mike Tyson has a word for this - L-U-D-A-R-U-S!

    We are talking about a hypothetical here. Council member McDuffie - don't believe the hype. Continue to do the job for which you were elected and let the chips fall where they may. At the end of the day, the voting residents of the District, not the Washington Post nor City Paper will determine the next mayor(s) of the nation's capital. And no amount of slanting, yellow journalism or outright deflections will change that.

  30. Calvin H. Gurley
    #30

    Mr. Edgardo Guerrero, you and CM McDuffie don’t know about the Omnibus Election Reform Act of 2011.

    Mr. Edgrado; I am not impress. I have attended and participated in many Council hearings to watch acts and side shows. I have witnessed cm’s expressing disappointments and anger at failed officials just to have the official keep his/her job. Do you get your jollies from seeing a DC Official being berated by a cm?

    This city needs accountability. Officials need to be fired who breach public trust, who cause election fraud, CFO Ghandi and the (2) tax and revenue scandals, Chief Lanier and the breathalyzer scandal, the $24 million dollar HIV/Aids Program scandal that built a strip club for one of its grantees who was a felon. Mr. Edgardo, if you failed in the operations of your current job, as BOEE officials did, you would be fired, plain and simple. And, this is not the BOEE first time experiencing breaches in D.C. elections or contaminating the voting process.

    What is needed is an investigation in which the CM has no clue as to the mechanics and workings of a local election. You and Cm McDuffie need to review the D.C. Omnibus Election Reform Act (February 17, 2011) which required BOEE to make reforms in the D.C. Voting System from failures and election fraud breaches that were found in the D.C. 2010 election!!!!

    The BOEE has given two different accounts as to what supposedly happened in the post election activities. One to the Washington Post and the other – CM McDuffie’s hearing.

    Did you read my three findings I mentioned in the response? If you did, then an investigation into the April 1, 2014 election is needed immediately. Not this simple passing responsibility to repair an upcoming election, to the same BOEE officials who tricked the election results in April 2014.

    Did CM McDuffie order an investigation into the April 1, 2014 election? The answer is no! The elegant display of words saying what we already know [BOEE screwed-up] does not produce findings or reveal weaknesses and breaches in the voting system or find who tricked the ballots.

    I am a Federal Government Auditor, with 20 years of experience in audits of waste, fraud and abuse in government operations. I do my homework and my statements are collaborated with support and facts.

    Mr. Guerrero, if you don’t respect me …then at least give respect to my research and findings.

    Calvin H. Gurley

  31. #31

    Is there an app to unsubscribe from Calvin Gurley, Tony and the anti-McMillan redevelopment nuts in one click?

  32. #32

    gad·fly
    noun
    • an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.
    ----------

    I gotta admit, no one knows the meaning of the term better than Calvin Gurley.

    BTW, Kenyan's potential titles need not be limited to Mayor McDuffie or Congressman McDuffie. President Obama has broken both the color barrier and an 'urban barrier' to the White House. Even Vice-President McDuffie has a nice ring to it.

    (And that's not just House of Cards' airbrushed version of North Capitol Street talkin'.)

  33. #33

    I can't tell if the people discussing race in this thread are serious or trolls.

    I feel like you're setting up this false dichotomy of white vs black, new resident vs native, old vs young. It's really weird and confusing.

    I think with the entrenched corruption problems of the city, residents, especially those in underserved communities, will see the most benefit electing officals with better ethical records versus almost any other criteria, but especially skin color.

    The influx of higher income residents into the city is necessary to create a tax base capable of funding the social programs many in the city seem to desire. If you don't want high income residents in your city (who provide more tax dollars to the city government) it will be very tough to fund social programs for low income and underserved communities which don't create the tax revenue necessary to fund those programs.

    Corruption is the biggest problem facing the city. Many problems could be fixed in a variety of different ways, if there wasn't so much corruption. Don't vote for corrupt or bought and paid politicians. And so far Kenyan seems to be one of the "good guys" even if you don't agree with his position on the McMillian park redevelopment.

    How does Vincent "Give me bribes I'm corrupt" Orange, keep getting elected? He's in it for himself, first and foremost. If you're comfortable electing blatantly ethically compromised city officials, don't be surprised when they stink up the joint.

  34. #34

    @Curtis lol don't you wish Orange got indicted and not Vince Gray? If only Orange fit the description you gave him, everything would be fine? But he isn't corrupt, your just a bit delusional!

    "Give Me Bribes Im Corrupt" sounds like Mary Cheh, Jack Evans and David Catania who are councilmembers (ON A PART TIME BASIS) while working for another job as well. I am sure the other companies they work for are giving them bribes, but you don't want to talk about REALITY, you want to talk about what your convincing your mind to believe....

  35. #35

    .@Curtis,

    Unlike the other two clowns(brain and please), you raised some interesting points which I believe are worthy of a response. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and engage you for just a minute.

    --I feel like you're setting up this false dichotomy of white vs black, new resident vs native, old vs young. It's really weird and confusing.

    In truth, this “dichotomy” is very real. Despite what the white progressive who have black folks to believe, there DOES NOT exist any political idea, policy or approach that could benefit everyone equally. THERE’S NO SUCH THING!

    Every interest in this city has different and distinct issues and concerns. And I maintain that black leaders have a “moral and cultural” obligation to meet the issues and concerns of their people without neglecting others. However, what’s happening in this city is the reversed. Black leaders are ignoring the concerns and issues of black folks in favor of others. This is unacceptable.

    .--The influx of higher income residents into the city is necessary to create a tax base capable of funding the social programs many in the city seem to desire. If you don't want high income residents in your city (who provide more tax dollars to the city government) it will be very tough to fund social programs for low income and underserved communities which don't create the tax revenue necessary to fund those programs.

    I hate to tell you this but black folks lived and thrived in this city for generations without the “influx of higher income residents”. Generations of black folks worked, lived and prospered in this city without the help of white progressives. Black families raised kids who went onto become solid middle class folks. Black businesses prospered in communities that have since been redeveloped without them. Black communities were “real” communities that helped to produce a generation of well-respected Doctors, Lawyers, Businessmen, and Politicians including two Mayors of this city. The idea that the black community can’t survive without others is silly at best.

    --Corruption is the biggest problem facing the city. Many problems could be fixed in a variety of different ways, if there wasn't so much corruption. Don't vote for corrupt or bought and paid politicians. And so far Kenyan seems to be one of the "good guys" even if you don't agree with his position on the McMillian park redevelopment.

    Corruption and the mismanagement of resources exist in every government on the earth. There has never been a government in the history of the world that was free of corruption and the mismanagement of resources. What I and others opposes is the “uneven” and “unfair” pursuit of corrupt politicians in this city. It’s clear that black politicians have suffered the brunt of the campaign to rid this city of corruption and the beneficiaries of that campaign have been white folks. Such a pattern suggest that there’s a more sinister, evil and racist scheme in play.

    --How does Vincent "Give me bribes I'm corrupt" Orange, keep getting elected? He's in it for himself, first and foremost. If you're comfortable electing blatantly ethically compromised city officials, don't be surprised when they stink up the joint.

    You make my point exactly. You just talked in great lengths about ridding the city of “entrenched corruption”; however, you cited another black politician---Vincent Orange. Why not cite Jack Evans who has been in office far longer that VO and who has more ethical issues than VO?

    Again, this talk about ending corruption is just a ruse being used by whites who are uncomfortable with the idea of living under a BLACK RULING CLASS.

  36. #36

    Councilman "Scooby-Doo", are you kidding me? LOL!

    For real, who can understand him when he read?

  37. #37

    @Calvin Gurley, to insinuate that Mr.McDuffie is participating in pay to play or any other type of ethical violation and crime is next to slander. Maybe it's a good thing that your base & audience seems to consist of yourself only. You should reflect on your platform,canvassing and campaigning skills more, and devout less time to sour grapes...next time you may actually have
    a constituency.

    Signed Ward 5 Voter

  38. #38

    @tony, Question for you sir: What's the African American agenda that McDuffie, Orange, Alexander, Bowser, Bonds and Barry should be focused on securing?

    Mr.McDuffie introduced his platform in 2010, and got enough votes for third place...not a close third. He stuck with the same agenda in 2012 and won, by a convincing margin. The same agenda with 2 yrs of a record to support it, brought victory in the 2014 primary. This black man and his works have cast a positive light on him, our ward 5,and MAYBE the city eventually. But in my opinion, the best part of his entrance into politics has been to serve as an example to youth across the black ward/city of what it means to walk the walk.

  39. Calvin H. Gurley
    #39

    Brian.Ions

    Brian.Ion. stop your charade to defend Will Sommer's attack on Commissioner K. Henderson.

    What do you call a man who is determine, feisty, aggressive in speech and demeanor and has more cojones than you…a hero and a fighter.

    So, what do you and Will Sommer call a Black Woman who is feisty, aggressive in speech and demeanor and has more cojones than you….a GADFLY. In the late 1940's they were called Saphires by you and Will Sommers.

    Brian.Ion find a Webster dictionary or keep your support of demeaning Characterizations of Black Women to yourself and with your buddy Will Sommers.

    Calvin H. Gurley

  40. Calvin H. Gurley
    #40

    reuben mesha
    You appear to be intelligent and therefore you have your right to believe or make up innuendos in what you have read. The pay for play was not written or stated in my response.

    Maybe you can find out from CM McDuffie why he has not read-up on the Omnibus Voter Reform Act of 2011 and why he has not initiated an investigation into the election fraud of April1, 2014. This is not the first time BOEE had fraudulent activities and security breaches in their voting system. And, the Omnibus Voter Reform Act was enacted to force BOEE to correct all errors, breaches in securities and irregular post election activity.

    No Sour Grapes, Sir. Did your signature appear on the hand-held electronic signature pad at the polling table to register to vote? The answer, is NO. Therefore, there is no collaboration of signed voters’ signatures to the actual number of ballots cast and tallies counted. This is a breach in the voting system- that somehow you do not see or understand. And there are more problems.

    Sir, read up on election fraud, research on how security measures are to be in place to prevent electronic voting system breaches, then make your sound and educated comments.

    I don’t mind educating you and the public. But, only you can change the way that you think and what you believe.

  41. Little minded hobgoblin
    #41

    My what an icky thread about a non story about nothing much in the future affecting nothing much in the present!.

    Or is it?

    Is McMillan so significant?

  42. #42

    Look this Native who voted didn't see to many newbies voting either. In fact I know many newbies who are still registered to vote else where.

    I hope Murial felt the slap across the face form the CP. They are proclaiming that you will be one and done baby!.

    @Toni, great comments as usual.

  43. #43

    I don't see McDuffie even challenging, much less beating, a Mayor Bowser.

    He and Grosso did sell out in giving McMillan to developers.

  44. #44

    @reuben mesha

    Here's my response.

    --@tony, Question for you sir: What's the African American agenda that McDuffie, Orange, Alexander, Bowser, Bonds and Barry should be focused on securing?

    It’s very simple: Strengthen and expand the black middle class and protect the working poor via their public policies. In fact, their approach to any public policy must be guided by how it would impact these classes of people. They should not support or endorse any public policy that would do harm or in any way adversely affect their efforts to strengthen and expand the black middle class and protect the working poor.

    --Mr.McDuffie introduced his platform in 2010, and got enough votes for third place...not a close third. He stuck with the same agenda in 2012 and won, by a convincing margin. The same agenda with 2 yrs of a record to support it, brought victory in the 2014 primary. This black man and his works have cast a positive light on him, our ward 5,and MAYBE the city eventually. But in my opinion, the best part of his entrance into politics has been to serve as an example to youth across the black ward/city of what it means to walk the walk.

    Sir, there are black politicians in this city who have been in the game for decades and earned their stripes by going through the political fire and SURVIVING! McDuffie’s short stint in office is not a validation of anything because he has yet to be tested.

    Only time will tell whether McDuffie is a real champion of black folks.

    ps.Sorry, but it’s vacation time. Don’t get too happy because I shall return!

  45. #45

    McDuffie is okay with me. Met him outside one of those crazy Ward 5 forums a few years ago. Seems like a good guy and he appears to care about government and Ward 5.

    The only other Ward 5 guy I ever met was Harry Thomas Jr., and when I shook his hand it was like a Christopher Walkin experience in the "Dead Zone."

  46. #46

    As a Ward 5 resident, I have yet to see anything he has done to drastically improve the area. Yes, has he supported the "new, progressive agenda" - YES! Has he addressed the "old, long-term issues" - yet to be seen. Therefore, if his image leans more towards one side, he's not a good politician. Ward 5 is still a predominately black Ward and if blacks are not showing up to vote, the Ward does not support him...case close. True, McDuffie didn't win because he was a favorite, he won by default and lack of competition. All you have to do is look up the numbers for both the Special Election in 2012 and recent Primary Election. It's great that CP continues to write these positive stories about him but where is the truth? When CP actually speaks to the "RESIDENTS" about McDuffie, I don't think these articles would have much merit. It's all a game, schemed by the progressives (sad that McDuffie fell for it) but unfortunately the residents pay the ultimate price.

  47. #47

    What the fluck is a progressive?

  48. #48

    White people?

  49. #49

    Get the fluck out of here with that bullshit

  50. Little minded hobgoblin
    #50

    Does seem kinda insulting to bowser, yes it does.

  51. #51

    What I like about McDuffie is that he actually listens to people and actually follows-up. That is important and was missing with Wells, Fenty, Gray. As for this crap talk about what is a progressive...its a good thing!

  52. #52

    This has to be a joke right? Kenyan as the next mayor? how about he do something for his entire ward rather than the select areas of his ward. How many pieces of legislation has this man written? He is incapable of persuading his colleagues to pass any bills. How can he proudly say DC should increase the age to purchas cigarettes yet promote the legalization of marijuana? This guys hasn't done anything for ward 5 other than serve as a puppet for the Mayor and of course fulfill his own interests. MAYOR? I THINK NOT!!!

  53. #53

    Unfortunately for WARD 5, Keyan is the best there is to offer to represent us. Sadly, this guy has done absolutely nothing for us. NOTHING!!! BTW, he was a Gray insider. He had to resign his DC Govt Job to run for the CM post. He is all too aware of the development plans for DC, particularly WARD 5, which is why he does not do or say anthing about the tough issues we face. PUPPET!!

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