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Editor’s Notebook: The knives seem to be coming out

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Yesterday’s email in-basket brought a press release from the Elizabeth Bennett-Parker campaign for 45th House of Delegates, announcing that Arlington County Board Chairman Matt de Ferranti had endorsed her bid to unseat Del. Mark Levine (D-49th) in the June 8 primary.

Now this was interesting. Largely because de Ferranti is a veeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy careful politician. He weighs all the facts (and the angles) before coming to any decision, and is not a rock-the-boat sort. Seldom does anything emerge from him that hasn’t been given some decent degree of consideration.

Not sure what his real reasoning was (press releases seldom tell the true tale), but he’s another person who has worked with Del. Levine that has now endorsed his opponent. Interesting.


It’s still all but impossible to divine where this race may go. Levine has the power of incumbency; the phrase “Re-Elect” in front of a candidate’s name is very helpful, sometimes magical. And Levine has won against the odds before. Counting him out at this point is way premature.

It appears Republicans are assuming Levine will be on the general-election ballot; remarks by J.D. Maddox, the GOP candidate in the race, at Wednesday’s Arlington GOP meeting mentioned Levine a number of times, but Bennett-Parker not once.

ARE WE NO LONGER ‘IN THIS TOGETHER’? For at least the past 9 months – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – an electronic sign put in place by the Falls Church city government on East Broad Street near the entrance to Sun Gazette World Headquarters has been flashing away, Soviet-style, reminding we (us?) dumb-dumbs how to prevent viral transmission.

“We are all in this together,” it notes before blaring forth its directives: Stay 6 feet apart; wash your hands; stay home if sick; wipe your ass; vote the way we tell you to.

(OK, a few of those may be exaggerations. I report, you decide.)

The message and the rhythmic tempo have not varied in all this time. But on Thursday morning, as I toodled in to start another day of work to make some bucks, it had all changed.

Now the flashing sign is promoting a women’s-history event (or should it be “women’s-herstory event”?) coming up in Falls Church. No message of COVID. No message of handwashing or 6-feet-aparting or stay-homing. And the “we’re all in this together”? Also gone-zo.

Maybe it is a sign of progress in our fight against the Wuhan sniffles of death. We can hope.

  • Scott McCaffrey
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