It wasn’t, because it was really about L. Douglas Wilder.
In 2004 Richmonders overwhelmingly voted for the change, ushering in a new era in local politics. Many of those voters thought it was about reform and putting an end to taxpayer-financed boondoggles.
It wasn’t. It was about Doug Wilder.
When Mayor Wilder pulled back the curtain to reveal the pure folly of the Virginia Performing Arts Center’s grandiose plans and outrageous fudging on the numbers, many hoped it was about putting the kibosh on such malfeasance.
But it wasn’t. It was still about Hizzoner.
When Richmond’s showboating mayor regularly butts heads with the city council, voters wish it would be about making Richmond a better city. When Richmond’s stubborn mayor fights with the school board, parents wish it would be about improving education. When Richmond’s quarrelsome mayor accuses and intimidates nearly everyone in his path, especially people who work for the City of Richmond, citizens wish it would be about important issues, they wish it would be about leading to a brighter day.
Alas, it never is. It’s always about Wilder.