by Max Brantley
Hays has mulled and rejected previous runs for Congress. But he's widely expected not to seek another term his mayor. He has good name ID and a rep as a can-do city leader. He has a surprisingly progressive record on environmental and social issues, which political button man Griffin could undoubtedly cook up into all kinds of Willie Hortonesque-scare ads. So there's that.
Anchors aweigh, Commodore.