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Editor’s Notebook: In the big leagues now!

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Arlington likes to play in the big leagues, even though its size is more of a AAA-squad. But it is fair to say that, sometimes, the county government “punches above its weight class,” to mangle sports metaphors mercilessly.

(I used to be into sports, a long time ago. Just checking: Is Carl Yastrzemski still playing for my beloved Red Sox?)

Anyhoo, while toodling home from work on Monday afternoon, I was listening to “The Five” on Fox via Sirius/XM radio. The topic: Left-tilting (most on those panel would say whackadoodle) prosecutors coming into office across the nation and making things worse, not better, for their communities.

The particular prosecutor under fire during the segment was in Los Angeles County, but during the discussion, Dana Perino (who makes sense more often than most TV talkers, left or right) ticked off the list of other big communities with far-left prosecutors.

Chicago, San Francisco, a few more that skip my minds, and in the middle, “Arlington, Virginia.”

Hey hey, Arlington is playing in the big leagues, punching above its weight class, in the “how-left-can-we-go-before-the-public-catches-on?” world of local public safety.

(I can hear Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano, who is of the same bent, asking “what about me?” Nope, Perino did not include Fairfax in the hall of fame, or hall of shame depending on how you look at it, of out-there prosecutors.

Anyone with a modicum of understanding of history can predict, with reasonable certitude, how this is going to end, sooner or later, because this is not the first time for localities to go through this particular rodeo. When prosecutors favor the perps over the victims, crime intensifies, the public gets PO’d, the elected officials run out of excuses and communities revert to more hard-nosed prosecution.

Lather, rinse, repeat. Eventually.

WILL HE GO ZERO-FOR-TWO? So far, it looks like Del. Mark Levine (D-45th) – my delegate! – is still planning on being on the ballot in the Democratic primary both for his current job and for lieutenant governor.

But it’s appearing more and more likely that such a strategy may not be the most wise.

There’s almost zero chance that Levine will come out of nowhere to win the nomination for lieutenant governor, although that’s what many would have said when he first ran for delegate, too. Even accounting for that, the odds are stacked against him.

And it appears like Alexandria Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker is picking up traction in her bid to win Democratic nomination in the 45th, whether or not Levine is on the primary ballot.

There is still time for Levine to wriggle out of one of those two races and focus on the one he wants the most, but if he stays in both, it’s going to be interesting to see what the outcome(s) will be.

– Scott McCaffrey

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