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Editor’s Notebook: A bad hair day for Herring

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has some of the best hair in politics.

And even though he must have known what was coming, no doubt Herring tore some out yesterday when Gov. Northam announced that he (the governor) would be supporting Herring’s opponent (Del. Jay Jones) in the Democratic primary where Herring is fighting for his political life.

(Harry Truman said it about Washington, but it could apply to Richmond, too: If you want a friend in politics, get yourself a dog. Because all humans are in it for themselves.)

If memory serves, Herring stood aside four years ago and opted not to run for governor so there would be no intra-party battle between himself and Northam, which might have opened the door for the GOP. Northam, then the lieutenant governor, won the Democratic nomination and went on to win the governorship.

But times have changed, and ever since Northam’s little imbroglio over the blackface-cum-Klan-robes photo, he’s been on an “equity” jag. Guess Jones fits the bill better than Herring does on that score.

Will any of this matter in terms of the primary? Probably not, as Northam’s constituency has never been particularly significant. But it’s another reminder that those who opt to step aside to let others move ahead of them in Virginia politics seldom benefit from it. Herring probably wishes he’d made that run for governor four years ago.

CELEBRATING FREDDIE’S: Some years back, photographer Deb Kolt and I descended on Freddie’s Beach Bar near Crystal City to cover a drag-queen show. (I’m pretty sure that’s still what the genre is called; it certainly was called it then.)

A fun time was had by all.

Recently, the Virginia State Senate passed a resolution in honor of Freddie’s and its owner, Freddie Lutz, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment. The measure was patroned by Sen. Adam Ebbin.

Kudos for that; we’ll have some coverage coming up.

[Prepare for an amazing, crunching gear shift in 3, 2, 1 …]

Back in the 1960s there was a musical group known as Freddie and the Dreamers. So far as I know, no connection to Freddie’s Beach Bar.

But the group did put out one of the most manic songs associated with a dance ever: “Do the Freddie.” CLICK HERE to enjoy it in both colors available back then — black and white – on “Hullabaloo.” Looks like they even got Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (and Chuck Berry!) to join in.

And this, folks, was before the drug craze began in earnest ….

  • Scott McCaffrey

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