The Times reports that Mayor Vince Gray and several councilmembers are heading up to New Hampshire this month to argue the case for statehood:

Michael A. Brown and David A. Catania, at-large independents, are handpicking state legislatures that will support D.C. statehood through resolutions in their chambers — beginning with their District-friendly contacts in New England — as part of a multi-platform campaign the city began in November. The idea is that sitting members of Congress will be forced to look at what is happening in their home districts and that some state-level politicians will sympathize with D.C. self-determination efforts before they springboard to Capitol Hill.

This actually seems like a smart move. If Congress is going to meddle in District affairs, officials may as well bring District affairs directly to the home states of members. And for Gray, a bit of D.C. populism may help still the recall effort bubbling up according to the Examiner.

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