A Must Read! Pretty fair assessment, although I think Sylvester Brown was being waaaaaaaaaay to generous to Lewis Reed… Other than that I pretty much agree with Brown’s assessment of the candidates. Sylvester Brown, like Tishaura Jones admits to being conflicted due to friendships with Nasheed and Green, although Brown admits to knowing and liking Lewis Reed as well.
Because St. Louis is so small, these relationships are problematic. I appreciate Brown and Jones’ candor. The fact that influential voices are conflicted and having to choose between a relationship and what’s best for the city speaks volumes.
Reed has got to go. His time is up. He is the next in line to be put out to pasture like Bob McCulloch and Claire McCaskill, which leaves Jamilah Nasheed and Megan Green. Reed and Nasheed will split the black vote, but I don’t think that’s Nasheed’s biggest hurdle. Or even her record. Given the condition of the region nobody’s record stands out other than leaders being willing to take certain stands.
The bigger hurdle is the Hillary effect… voters favoring change over longevity. In this environment actual ‘records’ don’t matter… that’s how we ended up with Trump as well as Ocasio-Cortez and Wesley Bell. This is not limited to party or ideology… to some it’s just about changing the face or even the race. Only those calling for a black agenda are even talking about records or asking “What have you done for me lately?” Everyone else is talking about what’s best for the Democrat party, identity politics (pushing for black seats. lgbt seats, millennial seats, etc) and Democrat vs Progressive agendas, regardless of whether any of them have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever being implemented.
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