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A Series Of Interruptions

D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) squared off with opponent Patrick Mara on News Talk on NewsChannel 8 today, and they tussled for about 17 minutes.

Moderator Bruce DePuyt tried actually asking questions about Schwartz's voting record and current issues facing both candidates in the Sept. 9 Republican primary for the at-large seat. But Schwartz and Mara often interjected while the other was answering.

Mara attacked Schwartz on raising taxes and failing to adequately oversee the city's summer youth jobs program, which falls under her Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations.

Schwartz explained how she sponsored tax cuts through the years, voted against past budgets she thought were inflated and sponsored legislation that created the city's two annual tax-free spending periods.

Mara told her she can't be a Republican two weeks out of the year. Ouch.

But Schwartz noted that Mara has received money from special interests, referring to the business community still fuming over her push to give all workers paid sick leave. "He seems like an OK person, but nobody knew him before the election," she said. Ouch.

The debate was streamed live at 4 p.m., and you can watch it again at 11 p.m. on NewsChannel 8.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 21, 2008; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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I saw this debate, if that is what you want to call it. It is time for Carol Swartz to step down. It is funny but I opined to a buddy of mine just this week that Carol Schwartz is the most LIBERAL republican I have ever encountered on the local OR national scene. I think that is just a title that assures her a seat on the Council. Now that she has real "conservative" competition and the District has "whitened-up" a bit, she may have a run for her money. He has some key endorsements already.

In short, Schwartz is too close to the "locals" to hold a selfish, ungodly title as "Republican".

Posted by: Ward9ForNow | August 21, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

It is time that Schwartz take her lazy, fat ass somewhere else!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't the Post yet reported the dismissal about D.C.'s Rent Administrator, Grayce Wiggins?

The D.C. Examiner, given away on the streets, covered this story on Monday and Tuesday. It's Friday, and as far as I can see using the Post's search engine, the Post still has nothing. Not even something on the District Wire.

Even if you're preparing a huge story on Wiggins, what's the reasoning behind not reporting the news now with an item?

Posted by: anon | August 22, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

In a time when the country is talking about change, Carol Schwartz is talking about shi-- from the 1980's, wow, please leave gracefully, it is not your seat forever, DAMN

Posted by: What | August 24, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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