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(Washington, DC) — Washington, DC Republican Committee Chairman Bob Kabel says he is opposed to renaming the newly renovated 14th and Girard Street Park in Northwest Washington, Barack Hussein Obama Park. Kabel says to affix President Obama‘s name to the Columbia Heights park would violate the city’s code that states “no public space in the District shall be named in honor of any living person.” DC Council member Jim Graham made the proposal. Kabel suggests instead that if Graham wants to name the park after a famous African-American elected official, he should consider former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Edward Brooke. Brooke, was the first black elected to the U.S. Senate after reconstruction, was a DC native and retired in the District.

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