Mayor Mort Zuckerman?
A surefire way to get me smokin' hot mad is to ask me about District Mayor Adrian Fenty's response to the double-whammy snow storms. This little nugget from yesterday's story on snow-removal efforts only deepened my mayoral dissatisfaction: Councilman Jim Graham said when he asked Fenty about requesting resources from President Obama, the mayor replied, "What would they have provided us?"
As the report notes, Fenty doesn't have a challenger in September's Democratic primary yet. But Karen Finney writing on Politico.com proposes an interesting choice: Mort Zuckerman.
Zuckerman is the co-founder of the real estate company Boston Properties. He is also the owner of U.S. News & World Report and the New York Daily News, where I worked for nine years as a member of the editorial board. So I know him pretty well. Right now, Zuckerman is reportedly looking into challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in the November election, possibly as a Republican. Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford is considering jumping in the Democratic primary race against Gillibrand. But Finney wants Zuckerman to think about being mayor of Washington instead.
As a newly minted single-issue voter, this is why I like the idea of Mayor Zuckerman: there's no way on earth he would have asked, "What would they have provided us?" He's a strategic thinker who could be counted on to anticipate the needs of a city as a winter storm bears down upon it. The moment the snow started coming down like a bottomless sack of flour last Wednesday morning, if not before, he would have been on the phone to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security scaring up snow-removal cash. Not the other way around.
I know. I know. If the relationship status between the District and the federal government were listed on Facebook, it would be "It's complicated." That's probably why thinking the feds would actually have his back didn't occur to Fenty. But, look, there are two reasons why Finney's (and my) Zuckerman fantasy won't happen. First, unlike New York, Washington doesn't have a history and wouldn't look kindly on someone from outside parachuting in to run for office. More importantly, Zuckerman would never leave New York.
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