Warnercare v. Cantorcare, a cartoon about the pope and Jesus, and Iran in today’s letters to the editor.
The mayor’s loser comments
Saturday evening’s bizarre statements by Roanoke Mayor David Bowers aside (“Democrats tap Rasoul to face Johnson,” Dec. 8 news story), one thing is no rumor — Bowers is a sore loser.
His unsubstantiated comments after Councilman David Trinkle’s loss to Sam Rasoul demonstrate a sense of good ol’ boy entitlement. Bowers has been a serial embarrassment to himself, the local Democratic Party and Roanoke for many years and should do as his own remarks suggest — resign his office and be heard from no more.
Rasoul won the Democratic primary the old-fashioned way, with retail politics. As far as I can tell, he outworked all of his opponents combined. He more effectively communicated on the issues that matter. He is precisely the kind of energetic, dedicated and focused representative that we in the 11th District need in Richmond.
Trinkle was right to decide against an independent candidacy, close ranks and endorse Rasoul. Bowers doesn’t appear to have the capacity to do the same. His endorsement of Trinkle was unsuccessful; his remarks should serve to make any future Bowers endorsement unwelcome.