“I don’t think there’s widespread corruption here,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) today, after former D.C. Council chairman Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. “I think, before people jump to conclusions, look at how the city is running — and it’s running very well.”
That’s pure, unadulterated poppycock. “Corruption” and “how the city is running” are two totally disconnected conditions.
No one ever suggested that the machinery of the federal government was not up and running when the Nixon White House engaged in the Watergate cover-up conspiracy.
Congress has continued to conduct public hearings, pass legislation, and serve constituents’ needs even as corrupt members have been trundled off to prison.
Likewise with state governments.
A culture of corruption has taken hold in this city. To deny that is delusional.
Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini may have “made the trains run on time” during his rule, but his regime was still rotten to its core.
“Running very well,” says Gray. So are the federal prosecutions.