Wilder Comes Home
"To understand better how a Mayor Wilder may operate, other than to gleefully fire a few high-visibility officials, it’s useful to remember how this 73-year-old man has built his career in politics. Since his election 35 years ago as a senator representing Richmond to the General Assembly, he’s been a pragmatic populist who grasped that if one doesn’t gain the trust of the establishment, governing successfully becomes unlikely. Sure, a politician can win an election on personality, or riding a hot issue, but to get anything done the cooperation of the most important business leaders in the community is usually essential.
"In short, Wilder’s charm and practicality have served him well."
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