As part of the deal, he will resign, and spend some time in prison.
I can't help but wonder about the DC politics generally and the children of this generation of DC politicians, who have been taking over their positions within city politics:
• the sad story of Harry Thomas, Junior, son of Harry Thomas, Senior, a politician who came to the fore during a different time;
in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
In this case of course, we're referring to local DC politics as an anthropomorphic object that may have reached its ultimate level of incompetence.
I am hopeful that this is a sign of the current regime playing out, that local politics has reached its maximum level of incompetence and is ready for a new day.
Given the crop of political office hopefuls in 2012, I won't hold my breath, but even incompetence might be better so long as it isn't associated with criminality as well.
The fundamental issue that remains is the overall system and culture of corruption and how contracts and grant awards provided to community organizations and contractors are still unduly shaped by elected officials rather than through an open and transparent contracting process.
So far, a commitment to rebuilding the system to not support corruption while supporting a robust and engaged civil society is not evident.
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