The race to be the District’s first elected attorney general got a new candidate Thursday with the entry of former Federal Communications Commission special counsel Edward H. Smith II. Or is that “Smitty?”
“As you can see, my name’s Smitty,” the 34-year-old Smith tells LL. “That’s what everybody calls me, so please do.”
Smith, a Bloomingdale resident, will launch his “Smitty for AG” campaign Saturday at noon at the corner of 2nd Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW, by the house where Smith grew up after his family moved from Congress Heights. Smith studied law at Harvard, before becoming an associate at law firm Hogan & Hartson (now called Hogan Lovells).
Smith tells LL that he’d bring a focus on juvenile justice reform to the Office of the Attorney General. Unlike Attorney General Irv Nathan, Smith thinks that the 2013 referendum that ostensibly gave the District budget autonomy from Congress had legal force, and he would have defended it in court.
Smith, who’s brought on former Jack Evans mayoral campaign manager Josh Brown as an advisor, will face Paul Zukerberg and Mark H. Tuohey in November. He claims that he’s not concerned about being a newcomer facing Zukerberg, a former at-large D.C. Council candidate, and Tuohey, the politically well-connected former chairman of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission.
“I connect the old and the new, and ultimately the voters will decide,” Smith says. “Not the establishment.”
Photo courtesy Edward Smith