Friday, May 16, 2008

It's official, Wilder not seeking reelection

Mayor L. Douglas Wilder will not run for reelection. He announced his decision this morning. Style Weekly has the story.
Mayor L. Douglas Wilder this morning informed department heads at City Hall he will not seek reelection this fall. In a press statement issued this morning, Wilder says: “As the first elected Mayor under the City’s new form of government, I have set the course that will continue to produce meaningful results even as I now announce my leave from this office at the end of the year...
Click here to read the entire article.

And, I’d like to remind SLANTblog’s readers that you read it here over a month ago. Click here to read about that prediction.

Meanwhile, Richmond’s popular police chief, Rodney Monroe, has accepted an offer to become the police chief down in Charlotte, North Carolina. Reports say he will be paid $185,000 per year, which is about $20,000 more than he was making here. He will be supervising more than twice the number of personnel and will have a budget more than double what it was here.

In baseball parlance, Monroe has been called up to the big leagues from Triple A. So, there's no reason to blame anyone for his departure. Unless, you are Mayor Wilder, who would like to throw that dead cat at City Council.

However, if one really wants to look for who might have convinced Monroe to get out of town, it is more likely the lame duck mayor will find the culprit in his bathroom mirror. The Friday Night Fiasco that Wilder engineered, on Sept.21, 2007, in which he used Monroe's officers to bar people from entering City Hall, probably didn't set well with Chief Monroe.

Click here to read more about that crazy night at Brick Weekly, in "The Wilder Walk" (by yours truly). It can be said that Richmond lost a police chief, a mayor and a baseball team that night. For how Richmond's loss of of the R-Braves figures into this story click here.


Preston M. Yancy said...

You nailed it.
When I responded that I thought he would if he could get Judge Margaret Spenser's rulings reversed and maneuver around the law requiring him to account for his campaign funds, you pointed out that these were two very high hurdles.
Right again, except it was three if you count both court rulings and the campaign finance law.
Then came Chief Rodney Monroe's departure - which meant he now had four high hurdles; because, he was losing his greatest reelection asset.
Thus we have a major loss in Chief Monroe and a major gain in Mr. Wilder's departure.
Congratulations on sound reasoning and good bloging.
Preston M. Yancy

F.T. Rea said...

Preston M. Yancy,

Thanks. I appreciate your following up.

-- Terry

Scott said...

This was predictable. Did you think Trani wanted Wilder to continue to tarnish his legacy after he named a school after him?

So are we going to get a Green Mayor now?