New York City has yellow taxi cabs, Los Angeles has Hollywood starlets, and Washington DC has corrupt politicians. Especially at the local level.
DC's latest Mayor, Vincent Gray, is being asked to resign over alleged campaign finance violations. Three of his campaign staffers have pleaded guilty to illegally steering over $650,000 into his election coffers, but it's unknown if Gray was aware of their actions.
The latest scandal prompted local columnists to bemoan the current state of DC's regularly inept and corrupt city government - saying that DC is basically under "one-party rule," and the local Democratic primaries need to open to independent voters, rather than only allowing party members to cast votes.
Dana Milbank of the Washington Post suggests that DC's local politics serve as an omen of local government across the country. "The voters," he writes, "have checked out...And these candidates, confident that nobody is paying attention, brazenly ignore the already-flimsy campaign-finance laws."
Via the Washington Post