Douglas E. Moore just might have done it. He almost got the D.C. Democratic state central committee to take the unprecedented step last week of asking City Council chairman Sterling Tucker to tell them why Moore, a fellow Democrat, was the only one passed over when Council committee chairmanships were handed out last month.
But in the midst of the debate, Moore went trotting off to the Foxtrappe for a reception in his honor, and his proposal to call Tucker's action into question quickly died.
Moore has been waging a battle against Tucker ever since late last year, when the City Coucil chairman launched a reorganization plan - Moore called it an "emasculation proclamation" - that removed Moore as chairman of the Council's Budget Committee.
Last Thursday, Moore attempted to go over Tucker's head by asking for a special meeting of the central committee and then requesting that Tucker be censured for instigating the reorganization plan.
He had been a Democrat all his life, Moore cried. But he has no committee chairmanship. A Statehood Party member has a committee chairmanship, and even a Republican has one, Moore said.
"I believe it's the Democratic party against the Republican party and you beat 'em, you beat 'em, you beat 'em," Moore said. "And then you give 'em nothing that's teh way the game is played."
Few members of the central comittee appeared willing to censure Tucker on the spot. However, Moore's impassioned plea kept committee chairman Robert B. Washington on the defensive and seemed to stir up enough support to possibly pass a compromise plan that would have invited Tucker to explain to the central committee why Moore had been left out.
But before the vote could be taken Moore left, saying, "I've got a thousand constitutents waiting for me." Washington immediately came out against the wholw idea and the tenor of debate quickly turned against Moore. In two voice votes the committee decided, in effect, to follow the same approach that Tucker has taken toward Moore's complaining - mainly to ignore it.
Moore has left the meeting anticipting that Tucker would be called before the committee. When informed of the defeat at Foxtrappe later, Moore sloughed it off, saying he didn't think he has enough support to win in the first place.
Sharon Pratt Dixon, a 33-year-old lawyer for Pepco, was chosen by the central committee last week to be its national committeewoman. Dixon is the third person to hold that position in less than a year, but party chairman Washington is not the least bit worried about the high turnover rate.
Patricia Robert Harris wa elected national committeewoman in May but left the post when President Carter appointed her Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. She was succeeded by her alternate, Martha (Bunny) Mitchell, who was on the job for only a few weeks before Carter placed her on the White House staff as special assistant for special programs. Washington believes that the two selections prove that the Carter administration thinks rather highly of local Democrats.
Dixon, the wife of City Councilman Arrington Dixon, was already a member of the Central Committee before she defeated the vice chairman of the central committee, Lillian Adkins Sedgewick, for the nationa committee position. The new alternate committeewoman is Barbara Clark, an elementary school teacher from ward five.
"I know of Mr. Antonelli, he's very prominent. I certainly don't have a personal relationship with him. Mr.Antonelli is a millionaire, and I'm just a little guy."
That's what city administrator Julian Dugas told a reporter in December when asked about his ties with Dominick F. Antonelli Jr., the millionaire developer and parking lot magnate whose links to Joseph P. Yeldell, the suspended human resources director, are being robed by the U.S attorney's office here.
Dugas, the little guy, was sitting right with Antonelli, the millionaire, however, at this month's (Feb. 12) midwinter dinner of the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade.
Dugas, long-time confidante of Mayor Walter E. Washington, sat among a host of parking lot types and Antonelli associates. They included parking lot owner Leonard B. Doggett (who was a principal fund-raiser for the mayor's 1974 campaign), Washington Parking Managers Association director Gilbert N. Violante (who did various odd jobs around the mayor's campaign office in 1974) and Ulysses (Blackie) Auger (the beef house man).
Only two members of the City Council missed the Board of Trade dinner - Polly Shackleton and the ailing Julius Hobson. Even Douglas Moore, who frequently criticizes the Board of Trade, was at the dinner. Moore sat at a table sponsored by Shannon and Luchs, the prominent realty firm. Foster Shannon, the firm's president, is also president of the Board of Trade.
"Doug, why?" A reporter asked.
"I'm here as the spook who sat by the door," Moore responded lightly.
Moore still asserts, however, that he is "unbought and unbossed" by the Board of Trade. "I'm the Democrat who prides himself in kicking the Board of Trade in the butt every time I can," Moore told an audience last week.