Monday, September 11, 2006

ANC Campaign Gets Ugly

I woke up this morning to find two fliers stuck together in the fence out front. One concerned something called "Great Streets"--a program of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development. The other was distributed by "HALT (Homeowners Against Leroy Thorpe" and contained material about a court case more than 20 years ago and remarks he was reported to have made about 9/11.

Several things bother me about the latter. The main one is the anonymity of the flyer and who "HALT" consists of. This sort of stuff smacks of the 'Swiftboating' that was directed at John Kerry in the last presidential election. I don't know who HALT is, but by remaining anonymous, the group creates suspicions that Mr. Thorpe's opponent and anyone who may support him may be involved in this flyer even if they had nothing whatever to do with it. I should note that an anonymous flyer of a similar nature was passed around a couple of months ago by something called the "ANC 2C-01 Dump Padro Committee", which alleged that Mr. Padro wanted a gay nightclub next to a church daycare center and is against the black people and poor people of Shaw.

Second, the material on the flyer really has little, if anything, to do with the issues of the ANC. The court case appears to have been resolved and settled two decades ago. I don't agree with the remarks on 9/11 Mr. Thorpe was reported to make, but he was within his rights to make them. In any case, they are no worse than similar pronoucements made by prominent so-called "Christian" preachers like Falwell and Robertson.

My point is that this kind of thing just adds to the tensions within the neighborhood and promotes suspicions and hostility. We don't need that. Everyone should remember that what goes around, comes around.


At 9/11/2006 6:30 AM, Blogger richard said...

chairman thorpe may have a right to turn a legislative meeting into a moralistic scold bit i think it's inappropriate, disresepectful and out of order.

i wish we got trash mail like that in our neighborhood. who knows, we're early in the campaign season. seeing homophobic fliers could rally my base of fair minded, taxpayers.

At 9/11/2006 6:48 AM, Blogger richard said...

i just remembered back to 1991 when jim zais the white homosexual with a black boyfriend, a liberal employed by the urban league was running for city council to replace john wilson who was elected chairman of the city council. circulated in shaw was a one sided cartoon flyer depicting jim zais chasing dudes with large cooks. who created the flyer?..i dont know..but we have the usual suspects. i bring this up because daddyohfive you are new here and dont know what goes on during an election cycle. trashy flyers are part of the shaw culture.

At 9/11/2006 10:33 AM, Anonymous Kevin said...

DaddyFiveOh and the residents of ANC 2C02

I assure you that neither I, nor my campaign had anything to do with the production and dissemination of the flyers distributed by "HALT." I do not support nor condone these tactics.

It is my sincere desire to earn the support of the voters of 2C02 through a positive campaign. It is my belief that change on the ANC is essential for the continued progression of our diverse community. I want the voters of 2C02 to vote for me as oppose to solely voting against my opponent.

Kevin Chapple

At 9/11/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger Urban Pioneer said...

Daddy Five Oh...

Totally agree...I was pissed when the Alex flyer came out but in the end I thought it was nothing more than the church looking to rev people up.

This morning I got a little scared because this is going to get ugly. When I first heard about the 9-11 comment a couple of years ago...I was so angry that I had a conversation with Leroy about it...after losing quite a few friends on 9-11. At first he was belligerent but after explaining my side he let his guard down and said something that I will remember forever..."do you ever wish that you could hit the reset button".

I am not a fan of blind attacks...working in campaigns my entire career I have seen some pretty vicious ones...this one is not one of those as both are public record but it is still spineless.

One of my neighbors mentioned a story about some things that have happened when they opposed Leroy publicly...I was wondering if Richard may be able to shed some light on it?

Kevin...I am glad to hear that.

At 9/11/2006 12:58 PM, Anonymous Ytram said...

It hardly seems like we need to reach back 20 or even five years to find reasons for Leroy to step aside. Mr Thorpe's gaffes are excruciating too listen to, to hear about, and embarrassing to the communities he is supposed to be representing when managing the business of ANC 2C.

He said something recently that got City Paper attention about Illinois Sen. Barak Obama and other officials being "house negroes". It's time for all these backwards, clich├ęd, racially denigrating characterizations, and race baiting insults to end. I wish I could vote him out tomorrow.

At 9/11/2006 1:03 PM, Blogger richard said...

you know, i would be happy to share whatever i recall about history, archives, culture and politics. but i'm clueless at this point about what you speak of. this might be the springtime of my senility so if you could say a phrase or two i might better remember. :) thanks.

At 9/11/2006 3:28 PM, Blogger Urban Pioneer said...

Not posting anything that could be seen as me at my name at gmail and will explain. Sorry to make you go through that.

At 9/11/2006 3:30 PM, Blogger Urban Pioneer said...

By the wife saw the person distributing the flyers. She did not know the person but gave a pretty good description.

They hit Marion St (with their dog) at about 630 this morning as she was leaving for work.

At 9/11/2006 8:13 PM, Anonymous Charles said...

It's not a very nice tactic for whoever did it to go around distributing flyers anonymously.

However ... don't worry about getting sued for libel for repeating publicly anything that was in that flier. To be libel it has to be false ... and sadly everything in that flyer is true.

Everything in that flyer has already been tested in court. Thorpe tried and failed to have a web site with all that stuff (and more) on it shut down.

At 10/25/2006 8:40 AM, Blogger retracsemaj said...

I am responsible for the flyers and I am responsible for the website.

The flyer is a matter of public record, United States v. Leroy Thorpe Criminal No. P 2347-84
Superior Court of the District of Columbia. This is a contrast to other types of "trashy" campaigning.

Leroy Thorpe has twice been convicted of assault. My anonymity is essential to my physical safety.

For the public record on Leroy Thorpe visit

DC HALT does not endorse candidates. As the name clearly states the organization is against Leroy Thorpe, not as a person and neighbor, but as our ANC elected commissioner.

Democracy is about freedom of speech. Democracy is about freedom of choice. Not since 2000 has my SMD ANC had a choice in who to elect.

For the public record on Leroy Thorpe visit

At 12/15/2006 7:57 PM, Blogger Rynecki said...

I'd remain anonymous too with a thug like Leroy looking for retribution.


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