I try to go to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest every year. A couple of years ago, I caught what has to be my favorite film I’ve ever seen there: Streetfight. It is about the race for the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, centered on the challenger, Cory Booker.

Booker was challenging the incumbent -Sharpe James.  James was not only mayor, he was also a state senator, and he had been in office since 1970.  James was an old style politician – corrupt to the core – but with a vast, loyal following. In the end, Booker lost the election. But, he ran the next time and is now the mayor, and probably has a great political future.


Anyone who has seen this film will appreciate this news – Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in prison today for diverting city owned land to his mistress, who was also convicted.  Sometimes people get exactly what they deserve.