Via CM Tommy Wells' twitter feed.
CM Phil Mendelson is already notorious for killing any and all anti crime legislation through his role as the Chairman of DC Council's Public Safety and the Judiciary Committee. As the Police Union Spokesperson put it, "there's soft on crime, there's softer on crime, and then there's Phil Mendelson." Mendelson recently naively claimed that crime is "not a legislative problem."
Now CM Mendelson who is up for re-election for a District-wide At-large seat is speaking out against streetcars for H Street. Mendelson is facing a serious challenge from former DPR Director Clark Ray. ANC6A's Kelvin Robinson is also announcing his candidacy for the race. Mendelson's record on public safety issues already amply justified opposition to his re-election, but his recent opposition to streetcars dictates that any reasonable voters in Ward Six and the city's other eastern Wards should work hard to elect his replacement.
Streetcars on H Street have been strongly backed by Mayor Adrien Fenty, CM Tommy Wells and Council Chair candidate Kwame Brown. Mendelson's opposition appears to be the first attempt to stand in the way of the continued progress of the project along H Street by one of the city's elected leaders. It should not be forgotten at the polls in September.
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