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Who 'Tony Williams's Voters' Are

Friday, April 22, 2005; Page A16

In his April 16 op-ed column, "The Right Tony Williams Question," Colbert I. King wrote that D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has run for mayor twice. Untrue. Mr. Evans ran only once, in 1998.

Mr. King also wrote, "[Mr.] Evans likes to say that with [Mr.] Williams out of the mayor's race, he'd have a shot. 'Tony Williams's voters are my voters,' he declares, whatever that means. Frankly, I think I know, but I'm not going there."

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If Mr. King wants to inject race into the fledgling contest for mayor, he should put a worm on the hook and cast. His writing is seldom short of bold; why not "go there"?

When Mr. Evans talked about "Tony Williams's voters," he meant voters who are forward-thinking: District residents who support fiscal responsibility, good government, economic development and leaders willing to take bold steps.



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