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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 09/ 8/2010

Robinson's wedge politics destructive for D.C.

By David Alpert

While Vince Gray is running under a mantra of "one city" and claims to want to bring all residents together, Kelvin Robinson is working hard to drive them apart. His campaign strategy revolves around inflaming divisions within Ward 6, a shameful strategy that doesn't belong in D.C.

As Mike DeBonis first reported, Robinson is challenging Tommy Wells' "livable and walkable" mantra, claiming it doesn't encompass all residents and that Wells is neglecting crime issues.

There is certainly nothing wrong with debating what Wells has or hasn't done about juvenile crime on Capitol Hill. But Robinson is choosing to cast the issues facing Ward 6 as an either/or situation. Either D.C. builds a streetcar, or there are more police on the streets. Either bags cost 5 cents, or there is a curfew. Either chickens become legal, or DYRS becomes more effective.

It's a false choice.

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By David Alpert  | September 8, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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Comments

David alpert has crossed the line again. This is ridiculous. I am sorry that you only care about these full belly issues, but there are plenty of problems in ward 6 that Tommy Wells is ill equipped to handle, as he has proven. It is David Alpert who is trying make race an issue. The division that Robinson is talking about is one of class. The people that are content with Tommy Wells are wealthier and they are passionate about issues such as bike lanes and backyard chicken farms. Truth is there are working class families who live in ward 6 in and out of capitol hill who are getting shafted. They can't walk five minutes to get everything they need and they have to deal with a very real possibility that they will be attacked or robbed or worse each day. Shame on you David Alpert. Alpert will probably delete this post, since he so dislikes opinions that do not echo his own wacky opinions. Here is a link to a new Kelvin Robinson campaign video. David will tell you its about race, it is not. David is just obsessed with the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKR0sVeVBoI

Posted by: keithcarbone | September 8, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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