The plan makes sense on a lot of levels — as long as you believe that luring the Redskins back to Washington as soon as possible is your top policy priority.
It’s not at all clear that is the top priority of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who would have to go whole hog in support of the swap plan if it were to have any chance of success. A Gray administration official not interested in “fueling this stupidity” declined to even entertain the suggestion of a deal. Evans declined to name any administration officials who have joined in his quest.
Needless to say, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III’s response to Sherwood indicated he has little interest in giving up his only pro sports franchise to win a regional derby he’s got a pretty good chance of winning anyway. A Redskins swap is further complicated by the fact that the federal government is contemplating a swap of its own: The current Pennsylvania Avenue site for a new headquarters elsewhere — and no sports team to be named later.
Evans said keeping the FBI inside the District borders remains his top priority, perhaps relocated to the St. Elizabeths campus or the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center site. In fact, Evans added, he plans to introduce a sense-of-the-council resolution in support of keeping the Bureau inside the District at the body’s Dec. 18 meeting.
But, he added, “If we’re going to give up the FBI, we better get something back for it.”