Time to give credit where credit is due, in this case to Karishma Mehta, who is challenging Del. Alfonso Lopez in the 49th House District. The two are facing off in the June 8 primary.
Mehta has almost zero visibility in the district and her effort seems the longest of long-shots (but never say never…). And yet, she is picking up endorsements from a wide range of national far-left political groups, and is garnering campaign funding from around the country.
It’ll be various interesting to see Lopez and Mehta go one-on-one in a debate, to discern if the challenger is ready for political prime time, or if she’s just a flash in the pan who has managed to attract attention (nationally if not locally) for political positions that are rather out there on the left flank, even by modern-day Democratic standards.
Which reminds me of a conversation I had with an Arlington elected official (who shall go unnamed except to say that it wasn’t Lopez) the day before the 2019 Arlington/Falls Church Democratic primary for commonwealth’s attorney, in which challenger Parisa Dehghani-Tafti was using oodles of outside money and a tack-to-the-left strategy in an effort to unseat incumbent Theo Stamos.
This elected official in question had not publicly endorsed either, but his/her heart seemed to be in the camp of Dehghani-Tafti.
“But [name redacted],” I said to the elected official, “don’t you get it – if the far left starts winning elections in Arlington, they’re not going to stop with Stamos. Eventually, they’ll be coming after all of you.”
Not sure he/she believed that at the time, but am pretty sure he/she does now.
AND BEST OF LUCK TO YOU! Fairfax County leaders on Friday announced their selection for the county’s new police chief, who will have his plate full from his first day on the job.
The new chief, who had a stint in Baltimore (the lucky devil), will have to contend with an increasingly left-wing Board of Supervisors that seems not to connect its social-justice-warrior pandering with the fact that the Fairfax police force is thoroughly demoralized and, in many cases, its members are voting with its feet – departures have left the agency down a significant number of sworn officers. And who will fill those posts? Given the current state of affairs nationally, it is hard to believe that policing is a profession worth the hassle of getting into, as sad as that is to say.
It is a mess. Gotta wish the new chief success.
- Scott McCaffrey