|Sam Rasoul at the Civic Center this morning.|
I didn't take the bet because the only bet I've ever accepted, I lost (on a comeback by a football team that defied all logic). Sam won today and, frankly, even I am surprised because I was at the Civic Center to vote this a.m. and the crowd looked heavily tilted to South Roanoke and David Trinkle, the vice mayor of Roanoke. David's well known, successful, well liked, intelligent and progressive. He's also defeated tonight by a guy who outworked him.
Sam and I talked a few weeks ago, shortly after Onzlee Ware announced his resignation, about his prospects over a cup of tea at Panera Bread and I saw a light in his eyes that said, "Possibilities." I knew he would work. I had a strong feeling that people in Roanoke's minority and blue collar neighborhoods would adore him, even with the entrance into the race of the estimable Trish White-Boyd, an African-American professional woman with a lot of party chits to call in. I see her on City Council soon.
Congratulations, Sam. Don't look at the next round as a formality because even though your opponent is a Republican in a heavily-democratic city (designed that way by the Repubs), she has held elective office and knows how to win. But my guess is Sam will work his ass off and then be an outstanding representative in Richmond for the next few years. I see a political career with few limits just beginning.