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A historically savvy D.C. politician might want to avoid Harvard University. After all, city politicians honored by the school don’t exactly constitute a local honor roll: First, former Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, who left a $722 million deficit behind after a single term, parlayed her lopsided 1994 defeat into a teaching fellowship at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government. Then former control board Chair Andrew Brimmer, who bounced through an acrimonious D.C. tenure, landed an honorary Harvard degree at this year’s commencement. But the school’s knack for praising hometown goats hasn’t scared off Mayor Williams. The July issue of the university’s alumni magazine features Williams—who has a couple of Harvard degrees under his own belt—taking part in a roundtable on the future of democracy and picking up his own Cambridge kudos. “I think the fact that Mayor Williams got the snow plowed in Washington this year, and fixes the potholes, is enormously important for people’s sense that government can work,” gushed fellow participant Mary Jo Bane.