Wanted: One Mayor at Mayoral Forum
Loose Lips was treated to the Leo "We've Lost our Moral Compass" Alexander show last night.
Why? Dark horse mayoral candidate Alexander was the first to show at the Public Interest Civic Association's candidate forum, held in the basement of Brown AME church on Capitol Hill. Alexander had the forum all to himself for a while, before D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray showed up. He was followed by Kwame Brown, who is running for chair, and dark horse No. 2 for mayor, Sulaimon Brown.
Not there? Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has been scarce at forums lately.
Robert Vinson Brannum, the moderator of last night's event and a strong critic of schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee—and by extension Fenty—said it was his understanding that Fenty had confirmed that he would come.
"Mayor Fenty’s habit of reneging at the last minute and failing to show to community forums in certain wards is a continuing demonstration of his arrogance, notwithstanding his current political ads," Brannum said in an email to LL.
Ouch—no wonder Fenty didn't want to come by.
To be sure, last night's forum was not one of the must-see-TV forums of the campaign. But LL asked asked William Lightfoot, who heads Hizonner's re-election campaign, what gives anyway.
Lightfoot didn't know the specifics of last night's event, but had this to say in general:
"He tries to go as many as he can, but he can't go to them all, he will miss some, but that's the nature of office. When he misses he'll be criticized, when he goes he'll get some credit and he'll be criticized for his performance. It comes with the territory."