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A Republican Grows in D.C. (Juan Williams son runs for city council)
The Weekly Standard ^

Posted on 09/03/2006 7:11:29 PM PDT by hipaatwo

Edited on 09/03/2006 7:13:17 PM PDT by Lead Moderator. [history]

TONY WILLIAMS, the 26-year-old son of NPR correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams, is cut from the same cloth as the older Williams in some ways, but definitely not in others. Father and son both hold heterodox opinions on matters of race, for instance, but the younger Williams is--gasp--a Republican. He even spent a summer working in Strom Thurmond's office. And now the young iconoclast is making a run for office, campaigning for a seat on Washington's city council, where Democrats occupy 11 of the 13 seats.


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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: blackrepublicans; elections; juanwilliams; tonywilliams

1 posted on 09/03/2006 7:11:31 PM PDT by hipaatwo
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More at link. I forgot to hit excerpt. Asked Admin to fix it.


2 posted on 09/03/2006 7:12:54 PM PDT by hipaatwo (Vote for your life. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote against victory.)
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To: hipaatwo
aims to ensure that tax dollars flow directly where they are needed, to failing schools, job training programs, and housing loan initiatives for city workers.

I know this is mere fantasy, but...what if, for one year, no money flowed from the federal or state governments? How would anyone get by?

An idea for a science fiction story...

3 posted on 09/03/2006 7:15:10 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks for fixing it :)


4 posted on 09/03/2006 7:15:16 PM PDT by hipaatwo (Vote for your life. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote against victory.)
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To: hipaatwo

Well hot darn! If he gets elected, maybe things are realling starting to turn in the black communities.


5 posted on 09/03/2006 7:16:37 PM PDT by farlander (Strategery - sure beats liberalism!)
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To: Darkwolf377

I don't know but I wish someone would propose what he is in Philly. The money goes to unions and politicians pockets and the neighborhoods are failing.


6 posted on 09/03/2006 7:16:51 PM PDT by hipaatwo (Vote for your life. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote against victory.)
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To: hipaatwo

I bet he is a worm like his father.


7 posted on 09/03/2006 7:16:55 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: hipaatwo

Father doesn't always know best.


8 posted on 09/03/2006 7:17:03 PM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: farlander

I hope so. This is what is happening here. City run by Dems for ages.

Blight unbeaten in Philadelphia
Despite Mayor Street's plan, thousands of dangerous or uncondemned sites remain.

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/15426614.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp


9 posted on 09/03/2006 7:19:30 PM PDT by hipaatwo (Vote for your life. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote against victory.)
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To: hipaatwo

Why would anyone in Washington DC want to be associated with the city Democrats? That town is an absolute disaster due to Dem rule on the city council.


10 posted on 09/03/2006 7:21:29 PM PDT by DuxFan4ever (The next rational liberal I meet will be the first.)
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To: Samwise

Ayuh. Look at Mike and Chris Wallace.


11 posted on 09/03/2006 7:30:35 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: hipaatwo

Here's his website. There's a video where he explains why he's a Republican.

http://www.ward6fortonywilliams.com/


12 posted on 09/03/2006 7:35:49 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: farlander

Very true, but that's a BIG "if."


13 posted on 09/03/2006 7:42:39 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: hipaatwo
making a run for office, campaigning for a seat on Washington's city council, where Democrats occupy 11 of the 13 seats.

First key to success in D.C. is to get caught on tape smoking crack cocaine yelling "the bitch set me up."

Oh wait, that's to win as D.C. mayor...

14 posted on 09/03/2006 7:44:34 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: bmwcyle

Juan's a good man - and he's raised a son we can be proud of -- it's a twofer.


15 posted on 09/03/2006 7:52:00 PM PDT by GOPJ (Note to MSM - when dems say "jump", you don't have to ask "how high".)
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To: bmwcyle

HUME: Talk to me a bit, if you can, about the experiences you've had. I mean, I remember you were writing a column for "The Washington Post" back in the late '80s, when Clarence Thomas was nominated. Yes, the late '80s.

And you defended him on a number of grounds. Not all, but some. What happened?

WILLIAMS: Oh, well, gosh. Immediately there was a great deal of calls to my desk at "The Washington Post" at the time, saying, you know, what do you have on Clarence Thomas? I said, well, I don't have anything on Clarence Thomas.

And then later I wrote about a body of knowledge, which was that Clarence Thomas was someone who had come along in this town, who had developed his way, found his way in the Reagan administration; was not always the most conservative, was not someone that you could easily pillory as some sort of stick figure, but was rather an intellectual.

And that, of course, then brought down all the heavens on me, in terms of the civil rights establishment -- I think driven by people who said, you know what, we don't like Clarence Thomas' story, as being sort of this young black man from Georgia who made his way up.

We don't like the idea that Juan Williams at "The Washington Post" would lend his credibility to this story. And therefore, one way to get at Thomas was to attack the messengers. In that case, to attack me.

HUME: So what happened?

WILLIAMS: Well, people then attacked me. Once he got into trouble with Anita Hill, and there were all sorts of questions about my behavior - have you told any flirtatious jokes, who have you flirted with at the paper? All sorts of accusations.

I mean, it just felt like the world had crumbled in on my head. I couldn't believe that so many of my friends who were in the newsroom at the time -
really, it was as if, well, you are no longer truly black. You don't belong and have the right to hold that seat.

As a matter of fact, I was, at that time, doing "Crossfire" for CNN. And I was then saying, listen, I think a lot of these charges against Thomas are ill-based.

And at the time, CNN said, well, you can't sit on the left side here and argue from a black perspective because you're not holding the official black position. So, you know, you can't, literally, appear on this show and do your job as the host on the left.


16 posted on 09/03/2006 8:04:57 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: hipaatwo

Cool. Juan can frustrate me on some issues, because obviously we have very different political beliefs, but I think he is a good man. I am excited to hear about his son. Hope he wins.


17 posted on 09/03/2006 8:05:00 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: GOPJ
I remember what Juan Williams wrote and said during the Clarence Thomas / Anita Hill business of 15 years ago.

He refused to be a part of a smear and he called it for what it was.

He caught hell for that.

I respect what he did, I think he's a principled man and will cut him a break tfn.

18 posted on 09/03/2006 8:15:35 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

Thanks for that. Good for Juan.


19 posted on 09/03/2006 8:16:37 PM PDT by hipaatwo (Vote for your life. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote against victory.)
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To: hipaatwo
I find it heartening that that the intellectual promise of Ronald Reagan, small government, national defense, and a structural reduction in taxes is so sanguine to Mr. Williams. Three cheers and I personally in my heart hope I see more.
20 posted on 09/03/2006 8:21:08 PM PDT by TexasGus
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To: bmwcyle

"I bet he is a worm like his father."

Did you actually read this part of the article?

He names Ronald Reagan, a "politician that spoke to my heart," as one of his political heroes. His other heroes include Thurgood Marshall and Edward R. Murrow, as well as his mother, upon whom he bestows the title of "public servant" for her dedicated career as a social worker, and his grandfather, who worked on the Panama Canal and trained boxers in order to save enough money to transport his family to America.

He sure doesn't name his father as one of his heroes.


21 posted on 09/03/2006 8:22:22 PM PDT by HomersNose
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To: GOPJ

Huh??? Juan is an idiot. hopefully the son is smarter.


22 posted on 09/03/2006 8:22:32 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: BOBWADE

ping


23 posted on 09/04/2006 12:12:34 AM PDT by zip (((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough become truth to 48% of all Americans (NRA)))))
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To: zip

Next day BUMP!


24 posted on 09/04/2006 10:19:07 AM PDT by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy
A Republican Grows in D.C.: Young Tony Williams runs for city council


Tony Williams, the 26-year-old son of NPR correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams, is cut from the same cloth as the older Williams in some ways, but definitely not in others. Father and son both hold heterodox opinions on matters of race, for instance, but the younger Williams is--gasp--a Republican. He even spent a summer working in Strom Thurmond's office. And now the young iconoclast is making a run for office, campaigning for a seat on Washington's city council, where Democrats occupy 11 of the 13 seats.

Williams is running as a small-government conservative, hailing the virtues of small businesses and promoting tax breaks for entrepreneurs, homeowners, and renters. President Bush's concept of an ownership society gets high marks in his book. He says he detests inefficient bureaucracy and aims to ensure that tax dollars flow directly where they are needed, to failing schools, job training programs, and housing loan initiatives for city workers.

Currently, Williams is the only Republican running. Three Demo crats are vying for their party's nomination in a September primary, and one independent is already in the race. Williams has received support from Republicans across the District and former city council members John Ray and William Lightfoot. Of course many potential supporters view a council seat in the District as all but unwinnable for a Republican candidate, which can make fundraising difficult. But Williams is hoping to persuade the party establishment that investing now in local minority candidates will pay dividends in the long run.

At the D.C. Young Republicans' monthly happy hour on Capitol Hill last week, Williams mixed and mingled with a crowd of about 50 or 60, talking about his key issues and soliciting volunteers. D.C. Young Republicans' Kris Hammond says that Williams has one of the "best coordinated" campaigns, and that he hopes it will help build the party's presence in D.C. Hammond believes a number of local Republicans register as Demo crats to avoid wasting their votes. Longtime resident and D.C. Republican Committee member Nelson Rimensnyder declares that Williams "has the best shot of any Republican since 1975."

Williams emphatically defends the Republican party on the issue of civil rights. He cites the actions of a Republican-dominated Congress in furthering the fight for civil rights, and also the party's emphasis on a strong work ethic. Democrats "offered a lot of benefits to the African-American community...whereas the Republican party said well...you're not going to automatically move into the middle class....The American dream doesn't work like that, you have to work hard and take some individual responsibility." He says he respects civil rights leaders such as Marion Barry and Julian Bond, but argues that the District has seen the "huge African-American upper class and...middle class...dwindle" because Democrats have "ignored those doctrines of personal responsibility."

Williams got his start in politics working as a page on Capitol Hill for the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, who also hired him for the summer as an intern coordinator. He's "forever grateful" to Thurmond for the opportunity, says Williams. After college, he worked in the Department of Veterans' Affairs as a speechwriter and policy adviser before joining Sen. Norm Coleman's staff, where he worked on issues relating to small businesses, the budget, and telecommunications. His Hill experience impressed upon Williams the paramount importance of a sound budget and the unmatched role small businesses play in invigorating the economy. He states plainly, "If the budget works, everything works; if the budget doesn't work, nothing works."

Williams's platform focuses on schools and development. He favors vouchers (a controversial position in the District) and charter schools, but says reforming and improving the public school system would be one of his first orders of business on the council. As a real estate investor (he owns two apartments and a parking lot in Ward 6), Williams is familiar with the plight of current residents being pushed out of their neighborhoods by developers. Developers do "a lot of good work," says Williams. Still, he worries about the delicate balance between attracting builders to invest in blighted areas and keeping prices affordable for current residents.

Every evening Williams canvasses a portion of Ward 6, which covers Capitol Hill and a chunk of the Southeast quadrant, talking with residents and handing out campaign literature. Last Thursday, working the waterfront area, he was polished and polite, introducing himself as the Republican candidate for city council, which tended to draw sour faces. But as the candidate explained his ideas for improving schools, safety, and the general welfare of the community, people opened up to him and told him about their frustrations and concerns. Williams hopes that his early campaigning will make a difference. He reports that his website always receives a late-evening bump in traffic after he's been out distributing pamphlets.

When it comes to fiscal issues, Williams says he is "one hundred percent" conservative. He's disgusted that "our government has grown so large." On national security, he also calls himself a conservative, but he hedges on the war in Iraq. And on social issues, he calls himself a "Northern Republican," adding that public officials should have moral standards and act as role model citizens, but not legislate morality.

He names Ronald Reagan, a "politician that spoke to my heart," as one of his political heroes. His other heroes include Thurgood Marshall and Edward R. Murrow, as well as his mother, upon whom he bestows the title of "public servant" for her dedicated career as a social worker, and his grandfather, who worked on the Panama Canal and trained boxers in order to save enough money to transport his family to America.

Williams has the support of several prominent conservatives. Radio talk show host and commentator Armstrong Williams, a longtime family friend and Tony's godfather, praises Tony's public-spiritedness and says his godson "always had a commitment to service and people."


25 posted on 09/04/2006 10:19:27 AM PDT by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: hipaatwo
but the younger Williams is--gasp--a Republican. He even spent a summer working in Strom Thurmond's office.

He was on Laura Ingram's show last week and told how when he tried to get a job in DC as an intern .. no one would hire him except Strom Thurmond

It was a really good interview and I was complete shocked when Laura said Tony was Juan's son

26 posted on 09/04/2006 10:25:35 AM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: GOPJ

you post:”Juan’s a good man - and he’s raised a son we can be proud of — it’s a twofer”

Juan is a rare liberal - an honest one.

And the more he hangs around the FOX folk, the more he leans right -

Here’s a couple of my favorite clips - \here he is blasting a black bigot and even loudly defending Rush.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_z-Iyus8SY&feature=PlayList&p=9F8A7348A17C0BED

The tide is turning - this is heartening...

and here is Juan defending Bill O’Reilly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJhe00QSlBI&feature=PlayList&p=9F8A7348A17C0BED


27 posted on 11/15/2009 7:29:18 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: maine-iac7
Juan is a rare liberal - an honest one.

Juan's also a man of political courage - calls it as he sees it - even if he's standing alone. I don't agree with him that often - but he has my respect. If his son has half the backbone and decency, he'll be a strong force for good in the Republican party.

28 posted on 11/15/2009 8:00:46 PM PST by GOPJ (ObamaCare - slush fund scam that would make Bernie Madoff blush.)
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