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Don Peebles Starts Sounding Like a Mayoral Candidate

R. Donahue Peebles is starting to sound more and more like a man who's running for mayor.

On the same morning that Washington Times reporter David C. Lipscomb revealed that several Peebles-related Internet domains have been quietly snapped up, the megadeveloper appeared on WTOP's Politics Program this morning to address the mayoral scuttlebutt.

Under questioning from host Mark Plotkin, Peebles said he was "giving some serious consideration" to announcing a mayoral run, and that he'd have a decision in seven to 10 days.

If there's any doubt in Peebles' mind, he certainly did not express it. He also committed on the air to spending as much as $5 million out of pocket to finance his bid.

Peebles tried out some campaign rhetoric and answered some of the tough questions he'll be hearing often over the next 10 months.

Asked why he left the District for Florida in 1998, Peebles said that he "needed some consistency" for his young son, who was starting his schooling at the time. He then deployed this line to defuse any claims of carpetbaggery: "I never left D.C. I continued to do business here, creating jobs and economic opportunity for D.C. residents....Washington, D.C., is my home; I believe in Washington, D.C.; I love Washington, D.C."

Expect to hear that line a lot, and this one, too, which hearkens back to his roots as a local developer and close 1980s ally and appointee of Marion Barry: "I want to serve. I owe the city a great debt. It gave me a tremendous opportunity to build an exciting company and I'd like to pay it back."

Peebles' top issue: Jobs. WTOP reporter Mark Segraves tried a bit of a gotcha exercise, getting Peebles to admit that he did not know the District minimum wage. But when he asked whether he knew the unemployment rate, Peebles was prepared with the facts and embarked on a long spiel on getting D.C. residents ready for employment and getting local employers to hire them.

The WTOPsters pressed hard to get Peebles to slam Fenty, and the billionaire indeed obliged. He pointed out that he was at yesterday's jobs summit hosted by President Barack Obama. "I was there discussing the District's interests," he says, in a not-so-subtle jab at Hizzoner

"I chose to attend the jobs forum. I made it an emphasis of the types of activity I want to be involved in," Peebles said, contrasting that with Fenty's attendance at last month's White House state dinner, where he was "actually photograhed with" the party-crashing Salahis. (Under Plotkin's questioning, Peebles admitted he wasn't actually invited to the dinner.)

Peebles went on to claim that he is in fact an erstwhile Fenty supporter who has been "very disappointed in the way he's run this city and the lack of attention to our neighborhoods," then embarking on an extended "two cities" riff.

The hosts tried to pin Peebles down on Fenty's signature issue—education. The candidate-in-waiting proceeded to attempt an outflanking maneuver: "I don't think school reform is been moving efficiently, and I don't think there's been enough education reform." He added that he's "heartbroken" about Fenty's treatment of the University of the District of Columbia.

Asked whether he'd keep Michelle Rhee as schools chancellor, Peebles said, "We can't have education reform if you're fighting the teachers, the unions, the council, and the parents....She should be given the opportunity to run this school system on her own with the direction of being told that the has to work with these stakeholders."

Later, he said, that "she would not be consistent with the style I'd have running for mayor so I would not ask her to stay under those circumstances."

A caller solicited his view on gay marriage, and Peebles attempted to thread a needle, saying he believes that "marriage is between a man and woman." But, as a matter of "basic freedom, to have a choice to do what you want," he supports the council's vote in favor of it.

Behind the scenes, Peebles has been in the process of assembling a campaign team.

LL hears rumors that veteran political consultant Marshall Brown is among the likely team members. Such a development augurs a split in the coalition of business and union types that supported Linda Cropp against Fenty in 2006. Brown, father of At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown, also said to be mulling his mayoral prospects, was Cropp's field operation chief.

Brown denies he's on board, because Peebles "hasn't decided."

"I certainly think that if he did declare that he would be a formidable candidate," says Brown, who has known Peebles since his years as a political hand to Barry. "If he decided to do it, I would take it under consideration."

Kendall Pryles, a spokesperson for Peebles, declined to name any campaign hires.

"There are a lot of people excited at the prospect of Don running," she said without naming names, except to say that her boss has met with "community activists, elected officials, CEOs—it's really across the board."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Bisexual Vampire

    Adrian Bent-Me, why don't you bend over and let both Fenty and Peebles fuck you in the ass. You seem to kiss their asses. You are the real "BITCH" with a limp cock.

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Adrian Bent-Me, kiss my white Irish ass you fucking prick! You sound like a bitter lonely vicious Queen. Kill yourself you miserable SOB.

    I agree with the Bisexual Vampire, you should let both Peeples and Fenty fuck you up the ass. Maybe, this would make you happy and feel good about yourself. Fenty might love fucking you, but he may prefer to be on the bottom.

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Don Peebles is another Tiger Woods married to a blond white woman. I bet this guy have never dated a black woman. He lives in a white man's world in Florida and he probably have passed for white to get over.

  • hymesb

    Bon Jovi,

    If Peebles enters the race. Fenty wins. Who else is going to pay Gray enough "contriubtions" to run a campaign.

    People talk a lot but the big money has already placed their bets.

    They have to raise 110k a month to be able to run. But, someone will jump out there eventually.

    Fenty is hurt but he isn't dead. I noticed Mr. Debonis didn't say the place was empty. And that speech, it is a hard one to beat in a debate.

    I think both sides of the Fenty/anti-Fenty fence have a lot of work to do.

  • dcblackdaddy

    Don Peebles supported the suicide(dude killed hisself in 1991 I think) Council member John Wilson big time and we should hope Don Peebels follows Johnny boy's lead and take that motha Jon Bon Jovi too.

    Wilson left the city in one of the largest deficits ever, The assholes of DC who love actors and faggots named a building after John Wilson and we stood by for this bullshit naming game of teh historic District was like changing Ben's Chili Bowl to Wong's makes no fuckling/duckling sense.

    Jon Bon Jovi we can name 200 P St Nw afgter your suicide. Ok?

  • bow tie mofo no. 6

    don peebles, he's my man!

    he'll make the trains run on time.

    run, don, run.

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    DCBlackDaddy, go take care of your illegitimate black babies. You are a sorry piece of shit! I bet your black ass kill yourself before I do. In the meantime, take your black mammy with you. If the bitch is already dead, then go dig that hoe up and kill her again.

  • Moms Mabley

    Can we all just get along up in here? All politicians are corrupt and don't serve at the will of the citizenry. What makes you think this Zebra named Don Peebles will be any different? Look at what Fenty has done to the District of Columbia. He have divided the District by race, class, and sexuality.

    DCBlackDaddy, you are a homophobe and you should be the one to kill yourself by using the word faggots. I bet your black ass is on the down low and you were probably a bottom while serving time in prison.

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Bon Jovi and Vampires unite. You clowns are speeding in the mud here.

    Vampire- I don't anything about Peebles, so until I get to know of him like I know of our closeted friend Bon Jovi here, I will not bash him.

    Fenty on the other hand, well, what more can I say. He bent-me and you over, hence the name Adrian Bent-me.

    Jovi- stick to making stupid songs, cause your Irish pride isn't winning you any battles here in Chocolate City bitch. You're sacred to walk around in 90% of the District after 7 pm, so keeping commenting your racial, bigoted bullshit from across the key bridge bitch.

    My point about Peebles- I don't give a flying fuck about the man's color, one way or the other. If DC could have a white Mayor, I'll vote that snake Evans into office in a heart-beat, but it can't cause it's fucking chocolate city bitches. Anybody but Fenty at this point. Hell I'll even take midget Brown over him.

  • sedcdude

    Grace Jones, Bi Vamp, MOMS MABELLINE AND Jon Bon's bitch azz, man who would'a thunk it! Jon Bon you sound like you had a bad day today, bills and the 4 walls comin' in on that pink azz heh? You guys are some ignorant mothafukkas, women included!
    Why all the homo references and the racists remarks! Half you cunts wouldn't and don't have the nuts to speak half the shit you all comment on here publicly! I'll assume that's why y'all nasty asses are doing it now!
    Leo Alexander will be DC's next mayor, you heard it from me 1st!

  • Truth Hurts

    Quickly reading Adrian Bent-Me posts, I'm siding more with you than some other haters.

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Adrian Bent-Me, who told you D.C. is still a Chocolate City? With gentrification and the influx of Central Americans into D.C., blacks make up only 51% of the population. Yes, I am proud of being Irish and my music sell to mainstream America. Haven't you heard, most of America don't listen to GoGo and RAP. Go jerk off fantising about Fenty pounding you. Not that I'm a racist, but DC will be a majority white city again as it was in the 50's before white flight. Educated white gay and straight professionals are moving into DC and others cannot afford to live here.

    SEDCDUDE, fuck you "BOY". Leo Alexander has been basically invisible and no one has heard of that loser either.

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    If Don Peebles was down with the blacks, he and Tiger Woods would have married black women, not white blonds. Do blonds have more fun? LOL

    Tiger love himself some white women and the same might go for Don Peebles. He had better not run for mayor or his skeletons will come out of the closet too like Tiger Woods. LOL

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Ethnic composition
    Ethnic Makeup of Washington, D.C.[17]
    Year White Black Asian Native
    Americans Other Hispanic
    (any race)
    1800 69.6% 30.4% - - - -
    1810 66.9% 33.1% - - - -
    1820 68.8% 31.2% - - - -
    1830 69.9% 30.1% - - - -
    1840 70.9% 29.1% - - - -
    1850 73.4% 26.6% - - - -
    1860 80.9% 19.1% - - - -
    1870 67.0% 33.0% - - - -
    1880 66.4% 33.6% - - - -
    1890 67.1% 32.8% - - - -
    1900 68.7% 31.1% 0.2% - - -
    1910 71.3% 28.5% 0.1% - - -
    1920 74.7% 25.1% 0.2% - - -
    1930 72.7% 27.1% 0.2% - - -
    1940 71.5% 28.2% 0.2% - - -
    1950 64.6% 35.0% 0.4% - - -
    1960 45.2% 53.9% 0.6% 0.1% 0.2% -
    1970 27.7% 71.1% 0.7% 0.1% 0.4% -
    1980 26.9% 70.3% 1.0% 0.2% 1.6% 2.8%
    1990 29.6% 65.8% 1.8% 0.2% 2.5% 5.4%
    2000[18] 30.8% 60.0% 2.7% 0.4% 3.8% 7.9%
    2007[19] 36.3% 55.6% 3.1% 0.2% 4.8% 8.3%
    In 2007 the population distribution was 55.6% black, 36.3% white, 8.3% Hispanic (of any race), 5% other (including Native Americans, Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders), 3.1% Asian, and 1.6% mixed .[20] Even though they compose the city's largest ethnic group, Washington has a steadily declining black population, due to many African Americans' leaving the city for suburbs. At the same time, the city's Caucasian population has steadily increased, in part due to effects of gentrification in many of Washington's traditionally black neighborhoods.[11] This is evident in a 7.3% decrease in the African-American population, and a 17.8% increase in the Caucasian population since 2000.[13] In addition, some African Americans are going to the South in a New Great Migration, because of family ties, increased opportunities and lower cost of living.

  • Dr. Van Helsing

    It looks like D.C. Councilman Vincent Gray is under investigation. This sound like something Mayor Adrian M. Fenty might be behind. Politics is crooked! Look at the mayor of Baltimore City. Her black ass is going to jail for stealing from the poor. I hope Fenty ass will go to jail soon and take Jim Graham with him.

    I wouldn't vote for Don Peeples if he was the last mulatto on the planet earth. I would vote for Michael Jackson first. haha

  • Dr. Van Helsing

    P.S. At least Michael Jackson was a real white man.

  • sedcdude

    @ bon bon
    I got ur boy alright u faggot mofukka! The more u type, the more ur sexual confusion/frustration comes forward U BITCH! I C U R N RARE form with the shit talkin'!
    U r dumb as a brick anytime u have to reference stats when talkin' about dc dumby! Ur pastey, herpes, pilgrim lookin' ass is sadly mistaken if U THINK U R HIP TO DC, there is sooo much more to dc than ur stats, U will never understand NO MATTER how FAKE u pretend to be conscious and shit, u fake motherfucker! On CP talkin' alotta shit! Contrary to ur dumb ass beliefs, dc is more than woodley park, palasaides, the mall and dwntown, ur bitch ass don't even understand that dc musically has progressed worldwide while gogo has flourished locally for 30 years and is the only genre unscathed by ur thievin' ass!
    U r some shit bon bon and u know it, u broke, fake, fraud azz closeted mick!

  • sedcdude

    Lastly bon bon, who tiger and OJ choose to screw has no bearin on ALL black men, r u fuckin' kidding me u juvenile clown! We r not a monolith u fuckin' moron! By ur racist, bigoted rants would it be safe to say that ALL white men r DL, GAY, HOMO socio paths like J Edgar Hoover or Jeffrey Dauhmer??? U r a fuckin' clown and don't be mad cuz' u lost a girlfriend or 2 a brotha packin' REAL GOOD! BIGOTS like u crack me up, coward! White pussy is just that, PUSSY, nothin' special bout it what so ever!

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Sedcdude, please learn how to spell and write a complete sentence in English dummy. I can tell, you are the product of the D.C. Public School system. Many black men are on the DL like your Rev. Jackson. Most white gay men don't hide their sexuality like most black men. Come out of the closet sedcdude. AIDS is highest in the black community in D.C., not the white community. Yeap, I live in Ward 3, the best and safest part of D.C.

  • Jesse Helms

    I see the niggers have gone crazy on this site. We should have get these bastards in slavery. By doing this, they would know there place like the nigger Sedcdude. I bet his name is Jaqanin. Dumb as jigaboo.

  • Jesse Helms

    Congress need to take Home Rule away from the District of Columbia. Since Home Rule was given to D.C., the Negroes have ran the District into the ground. Every major city with a black majority government, these cities are a cess pool social programs and corruption. (Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit)

    The current mayor of D.C. is a socialist left wing nut along with the entire D.C. Council. The Democrats have destroyed D.C. with their liberal policies.

  • sedcdude

    @ bon bon
    LMAO at ur remedial ass! Girl I will think circles around ur programmed ass! U r a weak individual, period point blank who together with this Jesse Helms character need a whole foot broke off in ur pale, pink asses! Straight trash who has been afforded every luxury by ur forefathers and ur bitch asses still can't get right!
    @ jessica, we all know ur games played, rule changing and set up for failure practices r still prevalent today! U sissies can't think outside ur system and ultimately it has failed U, so now ur dustmop lookin' asses wanna vent ur frustrations and failures here on CP! GTFOH b'cuz no one cares or is listening to ur weak cries of discontent! Have some integrity about urselves and be men, u can't do that because u've been GIVIN' everything u got!
    Lastly bon bon U will get ebonics from me bitch, imma make u respect my gangsta u FUKKBOY!

  • sedcdude

    I c u ass kissin' "QUISLINGS" R out n full force! Ur recession got y'all sycophants riled up real good, idiots! LMBAO, LOL!

  • sedcdude

    @ jesse
    and fake ass conservatives have fucked not only the U.S., but damn near the entire world with arrogance, greed, war mongerin' and tough on the outside cowboy posturin', but sukk and take dikk n train and bus stations, home depots, parking lots, movie theatres, national parks, rest stops and airport bathrooms across the kuntry, if we charged a DL sex tax we could curb the deficit, tell ur 'boys' to ease up off the 'brokeback mountain' retreats and get some REAL work done! DUMBASS!

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Bon Jovi- thank you for confirming my point. With 55% Black and 36% White, the majority is um, come on you can do it... still black. So keep your Irish ass over in Arlington. You're incredibly stupid and SEDC ran circles around your ass with his DC education.

    Jesse Helms- who dug you up from the grave? I guess Rush needed a wingman. You guys talk a very tough game that seems to be based on personal anger and frustrations. Go whack off to Newsweek cover of Palin, that should relieve some tension.

    Peebles, regardless of his ethnic composition, is obviously a successful man. He built an empire out of nothing. Fenty was never of or for the people. He just played it well. Anybody but Fenty.

  • Bisexual Vampire

    Some of you losers need to chill with the homophobic hating. We all know the one's who call people faggots or use hateful gay language are gay themselves. You need to come to terms with your sexuality. Taking a cock up your ass, you will not it pounding against your prostate.

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Vampire- you are fucking retarded and a hypocrite. You bash others using equally homophobic. You sided with that tool Bon Jovi, when in fact, he hates your very existence. So continuing be a royal fucking tard-bot, will mister limp-dick Irish cantor Jovi, reems you all. I'm only getting it up the ass from one person- Fenty. But then again, so is everyone else.

  • Kappa1911

    I don't like Adrian M. Fenty period. I knew this guy was phony. I voted for Linda W. Cropp, because I felt she was more experieced. Linda wasn't a people's person, but she knew how to govern as D.C. Council Chair. On the issue of Don Peebles, the man isn't a District resident/voter. He's a resident of Florida. I am looking at Leo Alexander, because he's against illegal immigration and illegal aliens taking jobs from D.C. U.S. citizens.

    On the issue of free speech, people have a right to their opinions regardless of how stupid, racist, or homophobic it may sound. Ignorance that come from others don't get to me. I just ignore their comment and move on. In conclusion, I support free speech and I thank the Washington City Paper for giving all to make their opinions. I don't support censorship as some blogs do. The Washington Post is very liberal and if you don't agree with their position on issue like illegal immigration, they will delete your comment. The same goes for black on black crime. I don't condone this behavior either and I don't put all the ills of the black community on the white man. Many of these young black men have a choice to choose between what's right or wrong. God gave them this gift!

  • Bisexual Vampire

    Adrian Bent-Me over why are you such an angry black gay man? Many of you have provoke Jon Bon Jovi with your racist comments. I love Jon Bon Jovi music and I attended his concert in NYC. This guy is sexy and hot. By the way, he stared in a Vampire movie. Adrian Bent-Me over, I love have sex with both males and females. Currectly, I am dating an attractive bisexual female. I practice safe sex at all times with both men and women.

    Thank you Kappa1911, I concur with your comments.

  • Satan

    Adrian Bent-Me sounds like a bitter "BITCH". With a name like Adrian Bent-Me, he sounds mad Fenty isn't bending him over and fucking him anyone.

    All of you will be coming to visit me soon in hell, because the world is soon to be destroyed by man with all his hate. I am my Demons will be waiting for all of you in hell including all politicians. Continue to practice hate and say bad things against mankind. I will have your souls soon enough. hahaha

  • Satan

    All of you will be coming to visit me soon in hell, because the world is soon to be destroyed by man with all his hate. Myself and my Demons will be waiting for all of you in hell, including all politicians. Continue to practice hate and say bad things against mankind. I will have your souls soon enough. Satan do exist and his Demons are walking the earth. The "RAPTURE" is here. hahaha

    The Devil

  • Rick Mangus

    I need to take a break from this subject!, WOW!

  • Ward 4 Resident/Voter

    LOL@Rick Mangus; I agree! Saint Elizbeths must have let all their patients go free. lol












  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Noodlez- you limp dick bastard, what the hell are you doing in here even? This is the big boys section and obviously you're not up for the challenge, so keep CAPping away with your mindless shit. By the way, Jesse Helms and Bon Jovi hate your very existence. I don't really hate you, I just dislike your fucking stupidity.

    Now on to the big boys. You tard-bots, I didn't provoke Helms and Bon Jovi into attacking and forcing them to utilize their racial, bigoted speech. They've at least been consistent on that front. I have no problem in what they are saying cause it is coming from some pussies. The slang the race thing over and over again and I do the same. I don't mind playing in the mud because at the end of the day, I can shower off. These guys can't seem to find a way out so they keep on blaming all of their life's woes on blacks and gays.

    Let's address Peebles for his outlooks, rather than for the way he looks. I guarantee this guy has a ton more substance than our tri-at-ME friend.