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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.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 17, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
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Comments

FFS!

Will you people stop whining about snow?!

I grew up in metro Detroit. You people don't even know what a snow storm is. We've had more snow on my October birthday than you got dumped on you the other week.

You don't need Homeland Security to come and plow your driveway. It's not that bad. Put a bag of kitty litter in your trunk and leave for work 20 minutes early. You'll be okay.

Posted by: DonRitchie | February 17, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

@DonRitchie, I'm from a heavily snow laden city and you are dead wrong. This storm was bad for even northern Michigan standards.

But the writer has a point, that the Mayor doesn't know what the Federal Government could offer to a city that houses the Nations Capital speaks to his competence as a Mayor.

When the federal government can't move, it is a Homeland Security issue.

Think about it.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Three feet of snow in DC is an oddity, NOT a National Emergency!!! LOL!

Posted by: DonRitchie | February 17, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The writer Mr. Capehart states:
"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." What is it supposed to mean? "The other way around?"
Huh?

Posted by: Rogerstar77 | February 18, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

To reference Jim Graham is a joke. How's he doing on the Metro Transit board? Fenty is doing a better job than any of his predecessors!

Posted by: bobilly2 | February 18, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

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