City Paper is not for tourists
I’m late on this, mostly because I don’t read Harry Jaffe very often (though I may start if this is an indicator of the type of work he’s producing), but tell me I’m wrong in my reading of his silly argument to re-elect former mayor Marion Barry:
I’m not even sure Uncle Vince wanted to be mayor. I suspect that his friends, such as Lorraine Green and Vernon Hawkins, might have pushed him to run. What I know to be true is that challenging Adrian Fenty was not Gray’s idea. A deliberative and conciliatory sort, he was happy as council chairman. Vince Gray had no burning desire to lead the District of Columbia.
As for the bossy Ms. Green, she joined other strong women such as Jerry Mason Hall and Judy Banks to build the Gray government by hiring friends, family members and the now famous Sulaimon Brown, the erstwhile mayoral candidate now at the center of a federal investigation into Gray’s own campaign. Did Gray know his personnel aides were stuffing their kin in the government? That his campaign aides were allegedly paying off Brown to badmouth Fenty? A strong man in charge would have known.
In two grafs, Jaffe emasculates Mayor Gray and then insinuates that a mayor who’s a “strong man” would keep the women-folk in line. Because only women are corrupt, only the most masculine of men can take care of business.
Okay, got it.