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Proviso Probe

Monday, December 12, 2005

POL, old guard vs. young turks

James T. Smith is running to be the Democratic nominee for State Senator against Senator Kimberly Lightford.

Smith told me a story of Aderman Ed Smith (no relation) calling Smith for a meeting late one night. Aderman Smith tried to persuade Smith that the way he should get ahead was to ally himself with a current Black elected official and wait his turn.

What do you think of the advice? Is there truth to it? Or is it completely self-serving? Does it matter what you're trying to accomplish in politics?


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