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Block all the commuter routes?

A D.C. candidate vying for a seat in Congress says federal lawmakers need to know how serious the city is about achieving statehood.

Doug Sloan, who's aiming to replace Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, tells WTOP that blocking bridges and commuter routes into Washington for a day would be a guaranteed attention-grabber, forcing Capitol Hill to pay attention.

Sloan says the nation's capital needs full voting representation for its disenfranchised residents. He says residents need to become more vocal, more proactive and more involved.

The congressional hopeful says the House is considering statehood for Puerto Rico and should do the same for the District of Columbia. Sloan says residents are shortchanged of the same rights, privileges and liberties as other citizens.

-- Associated Press

What do you think? Post a comment below.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 14, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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It's easy to do the same thing by having a white police officer beating a black suspect senseless, setting off days of riots.

That'll fix ya.

Posted by: bs2004 | May 14, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

It's easy to do the same thing in DC by having a group of Caucasian police officer beating an unharmed homeless black "suspect" senseless, setting off days of riots.

That'll fix ya.

Posted by: bs2004 | May 14, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, "BS" (appropriate moniker, BTW)--

Posting your idea twice doesn't make it any less stupid or offensive.

Posted by: seamhed | May 14, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Stupid double post.

Posted by: bs2004 | May 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

If DC were to pull a stunt like this, it would remind me of the way high school kids often try to show their displeasure by vandalizing things, apparently thinking they can intimidate people into doing what they like. Evidently they're too immature or stupid to understand that antagonizing people is not a way to get people to sympathize with your cause.

Posted by: 1995hoo | May 14, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Does this nitwit have any idea how much comes into the city by truck? Great idea, ace. You'd be a natural for this city council.

Posted by: 0460 | May 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

How would they get the garbage out?

Useless cesspool.

Posted by: jiji1 | May 14, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

How are all of the Ward 3 residents supposed to get home after crossing into Maryland to do their shopping???

Posted by: ms7136a | May 14, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Is he going to stop the Red Line at Friendship Heights too???

Posted by: ms7136a | May 14, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I believe that DC would get the attention of Congress alright if they pulled a stunt like this.

Attention as in, revocation of home rule.

Believe me, I'm a DC resident and I'm all for DC voting rights. My only requests are that we do it without stupid publicity stunts, and that we do it Constitutionally. My top two methods are retrocession to Maryland or forming another state for the "non Federalized" areas of the city. The DC voting rights bill as was being considered by Congress was not Constitutional in my opinion, and I think pulling a publicity stunt like this would set back any such request for statehood or a vote bigtime.

In fact, this is the very reason that DC is under Federal Control to begin with. Only today, it seems somewhat irrelevant because only part of the Metro area is under Federal control, seeing as Virginia could theoretically block all the bridges on their end and cause just as many problems with keeping Federal workers from getting to their jobs. But I suppose the founding fathers never anticipated 5 million people living in the DMV area.

Posted by: thetan | May 14, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Doug Sloan is an idoit and a wanna be elitist with his low numbered D.C. tags. The guy is such an opportunist. He ran for the Ward 4 Council seat and didn't get 60 votes.

Posted by: Ward4DC | May 14, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

God forbid a Washington Post reporter would actually do any research or have a basis of knowledge from which to draw. If one did one would know that one of the provisions of the fascistic Patriot Act makes it a federal act of terrorism to block the bridges leading into the District.

For years I though this would be an effective act of civil disobedience on behalf of District residents but the Heil Cheney crowd at this point have beaten us to the punch.

Nothing would make me happier then to see that preening, self inportant, ineffective, nasty, haybag Eleanor Holmes Norton run out of office. However, a candidate who is so poorly grounded in the law that they would advocate an act specifically proscribed by federal law and be apparently unaware of the law is too stupid to consider.

Michael Brown should run against Haybag. It is a job his temperment is suited to, it would fulfill his ambitions and would take advantage of his national exposure.

Posted by: SoCali | May 14, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

This guy tinks this stunt is some sort of 'Civil Disobedience' but it's not.

What it does do is expose him as an idiot.

Posted by: Etek | May 15, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone here have an idea how to get Congress to take sovereignty for D.C. citizens serious. The only purpose of the repeated ridiculous second amendment attachments is too intentionally deny the Voting Rights Bill. The time for begging and hoping for sovereignty is over. “Demrepublicratans” don't seem to pay attention to anything the public says until they feel threatened.

Posted by: pLANTATION_aMERICA | May 17, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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