Independent Voter Fracas Heating Up
Hey Togo West, hope you're ready for a big ol' brawl.
Tomorrow Team Fenty and Team Gray will square off at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics over whether or not the city's 72,000 registered independent voters should be able to vote in the Democratic primary next month.
Team Fenty says yes. "We really want to make sure that as many people who want to participate in this process have the ability to do so," says Fenty campaign spokesman Sean Madigan.
Team Gray says you've got to be kidding me. "This is clearly an attempt to game the system at the 11th hour," said Gray campaign manager Adam Rubinson, who sounded like he was going to burst a blood vessel during a conference call with reporters while talking about Fenty's "hypocrisy" for vetoing a recently passed "vote buying" bill because sitting elected officials shouldn't change the rules to an election in which they are candidates.
Strictly speaking, Fenty is—in case you hadn't noticed—a candidate in this election. On the other hand, Togo West & Co. are not, so strictly speaking, if the BOEE changes the rules, none of the candidates would be changing the rules. (The rules would, however, still change.)
LL is desperately trying to finish his column for this week's print edition of Washington City Paper (yes, print, we know; LL is a bit of a Luddite), and will try and have something intelligent to add later today or tomorrow after the 8:30 a.m. hearing.