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One of the hallmarks of Mayor Jeff Graham's administration is his blog, Mayor Graham's View. And one of the hallmarks of Mayor Graham's View is the selfie.
The Associated Press snapped a photograph of Mr. Graham taking a selfie with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in March at a pension reform announcement.
Mr. Graham has now posted both the selfie that he took and the picture that the Associated Press took of Mr. Graham talking a selfie.
Got that straight? It's metaphotojournalism at its finest.
You can see both productions attached. Mr. Graham told me after the event that the photographers took great interest in Mr. Graham's own photography, but I haven't seen the actual photograph until it was posted today.
Mr. Graham's blogging became an issue in the 2011 election. His opponent, Councilman Jeff Smith, said that Mr. Graham's blog was self-promotion veiled in civic business, and that too often Mr. Graham openly discussed city matters that should have remained private.
Mr. Graham, on the other hand, argues that his blog is an important part of an open government. He is, after all, the Mayor Who's There, even on the blogosphere. 52 percent of Watertowners apparently didn't mind, re-electing Mr. Graham for the fifth time — but by the closest margin in Mr. Graham's long career.
Mr. Graham and Mr. Bloomberg, of course, have both had long histories with the Independence Party that they'd both just as soon forget about.
Jeremiah Maxon, a local Republican ne'er-do-well, coins the best nickname ever for Hizzoner on Twitter: Mayor InstaGraham.

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