Anthony Williams 2008?
D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced today that he will not seek reelection next year, telling supporters he feels "it's time for a change" and for "new challenges."In 1998, DC was a mess, not a place where one would feel totally comfortable walking the streets at night. Today, it is one of the most prosperous cities in the country. Obviously the guy is a competent administrator. Williams has spent a lot of time abroad in the last couple of years, perhaps on diplomatic missions?
The mayor, who still has 15 months left in his term, did not say exactly what he plans to do next. "Stay tuned," he said in response to a question after his 20-minute speech. He would say only that he plans to remain in the District and to buy a house after years of living in a rented apartment.
I know, I know, it'd be completely surprising if he went for the Oval Office, but it is interesting to think about. I'd support him. A totally competent politician is an endangered species in this day and age.