Since relatively few of y’all follow me on Twitter (which you should, because that’s kind of where I’m blogging when I’m not here), I thought I’d share this Tweet from last night:
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s new, tieless, “retired-boxer-turned-bouncer” look… pic.twitter.com/OpZQVmf2CM
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) February 19, 2015
This was taken as the mayor was leaving a reception honoring local attorney and former city councilman Luther Battiste, upon the addition of his papers to the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at USC. Luther is a notorious packrat. Like me. But unlike me, he has managed to save some pretty interesting stuff from over the years.
And truth be told, this isn’t really a “new look.” He hasn’t turned a sartorial page, as it were. The mayor explained that he’d been home all day, and this was his first event outside of the house, so he just didn’t bother to get all gussied up.
His second event of the day was the Solomon-Tenenbaum lecture, which I also attended.