Michael Brown All But Declares Mayoral Candidacy
"I'm pretty certain, if the mayor wins the primary, I would probably run against him," said At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown this afternoon on Bruce DePuyt's NewsTalk program on NewsChannel 8.
He later added: "I'm not there yet. I'm trying to be the best councilmember I can be."
It would be a quixotic run at best. No non-Democrat has won a
citywide office regularly scheduled citywide race, except for those at-large councilmembers who, like Brown, have taken advantage of protected non-Democrat set-asides. Assuming Fenty draws a legitimate Democratic challenger and proceeds to beat him or her, it's unclear how the addition of non-Democratic votes could put Brown over the top.
But, hey—a race is a race. Brown expounded on a potential platform a bit—"we need to talk about a different kind of transparency in government"—adding that, as mayor, he would keep Michelle Rhee as schools chancellor, "but change her governing style."
Dunno how Rhee would feel about that.
File photo by Darrow Montgomery