Despite what was reported in both the headline and the body of today’s “City Notebook” in The Town Talk, Daniel T. Smith is not and has never been a Mayoral Assistant.
That said, without a doubt, in my opinion, Daniel, a 26-year-old Rice graduate, is the single most accomplished grant writer in the City of Alexandria during the last two and a half years. I know, first-hand, that his work has resulted in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in increased investment in Alexandria.
I can only hope that the discussion about Daniel’s work on behalf of the City will be about the value he adds and that it is not some thinly-veiled, politically-motivated attempt at calling into question both the value and the integrity of a young man dedicated to serving his hometown.
Then again, only someone completely desperate and out of ammunition would ever attempt to do such a thing.