City Desk

D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen Appearing in D.C. Vote Ads

Amid talk of a proposed referendum on whether D.C. should control over its own budget without interference from Congress, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen is trying to score a goal for D.C. autonomy by appearing in D.C. Vote ads.

In the ads, which will run on bus and in bus shelters, Olsen has red tape over his mouth. “I, along with my family, friends, and every other District resident, should have a voice when it comes to matters that affect each of us on a daily basis," says Olson, a twelve-year Washington resident, in a D.C. Vote release.

Good on Olsen! But does he have enough celebrity in Washington to appear without his name on the ad—especially with tape covering half of his face?

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