Saturday, November 06, 2004

Mayor's Lack of Lobbying Disparaged

Cost Concerns Ignored, Cropp and Others Say
By Lori Montgomery
The Washington Post
November 6, 2004

A little over a month ago, District Mayor Anthony A. Williams stood onstage at the City Museum, surrounded by D.C. Council leaders, awash in the joyous noise of a crowd welcoming baseball back to the nation's capital for the first time in more than 30 years.

Since that day, Williams (D) has acted as if getting the council to agree to pay for a ballpark was virtually a done deal, the mayor's critics -- and even some of his supporters -- contend.

The mayor showed up at just one community meeting to sell his stadium financing package. Then he left on an 11-day mission to Asia. And when he returned to Washington, he brushed off a growing chorus of complaints from council members, business leaders and even the council chairman about the plan's costs.

Council members say that Williams never personally engaged in the stadium debate even as it became increasingly clear that the package was in trouble. And yesterday, the mayor's baseball dreams seemed in danger of unraveling as Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp (D) announced that she would withdraw her support and introduce an alternate plan to build the ballpark near Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium rather than on the Anacostia waterfront.

Read the entire article here on the Washington Post website