Posted by: Jeff | September 30, 2010

How Is This Right?

The Washington City Paper, on the impact this congressional election could have on D.C. governance:

If Republicans win the House, [Rep. Jason Chaffis,] the first-term congressman from Utah will run the obscurely named Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Washingtonians who understand the unusual legal control Congress wields over the District, though, will know him by a simpler title: the new boss.

Chaffetz’s elevation would represent quite a change. In just under two years here, Chaffetz has opposed Norton’s bill to give D.C. a congressional vote, opposed her bill to give D.C. more autonomy, and filed a bill to force a gay marriage referendum on D.C. And in a Republican House, Chaffetz would have reinforcements, ideological allies who wave the U.S. Constitution like members of the Red Guard used to wave quotations from Chairman Mao.

Whatever your thoughts on D.C. voting rights, how does it make sense to have D.C. governance guided by someone from outside the state – whether Republican or Democrat – especially someone new to Congress and the District altogether?

Via DCist.

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