Sen. Troy Brailey's loss to Del. Ralph M. Hughes in yesterday's Democratic primary marks the end of an era.
For 40 years, Troy Brailey has been a tireless champion of equal justice for minorities and the poor. In the 1972 presidential campaign, he called for a boycott of singer James Brown after the self-described "King of Soul" endorsed Richard M. Nixon. When Brown performed in Baltimore that year, Brailey led a group of demonstrators carrying signs lambasting the singer as "Sold Brother No. 1." Such antics kept Brailey in the headlines, but he never lost sight of the goal: that the moral basis of the civil rights revolution was the source of its power, hope and promise.
At 74, however, the time had come for Brailey to retire. Voters who elected Ralph Hughes yesterday did so knowing full well that he would be a worthy successor in the 40th District.