Best Politician Who Needs a Slap Upside the Head: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

It’s hard to watch a talented and well-meaning person flail. It is harder still when that person has substantial power to affect your life and the life of the city you love. Sometimes the best thing to do in such a circumstance is to haul them off and smack ’em, that they might shake off their torpor. This is what we recommend—yet again—for our mayor. In 2011 she won the reader’s poll as politician most in need. City Paper awarded her slaps back to back in 2012 and 2013, before laying off last year to crack Michael A. Peroutka one. But this year, with murder out of control, the police department in crisis, a riot, and continuing low-level scandals throughout city government, SRB wins hands-down. She delayed police body cameras to send a message to the City Council. Her administration is hemorrhaging staff. So she takes on outside duties, including as president of the Conference of Mayors and secretary of the Democratic National Committee. And though she wisely announced she won’t be running for reelection—the first smart move she’s made since April, at least—she still deserves a slap.

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