Loose Lips

The Curious Case of Sulaimon Brown


Last Friday, Sulaimon Maurice Brown tried to provoke LL into writing about him.

Brown’s quixotic campaign for mayor has been most notable for his over-the-top critiques of Mayor Adrian Fenty and praise of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray. (Brown's common refrain: "If you don't vote Brown, vote Gray.")

On Friday, Brown wasn't on the guest list (he says he was) for the last mayoral debate at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place in Georgetown, but showed up anyway. He behaved like a petulant child, arguing with the hosts that he should be included. He kept at it until the hosts threatened to call the police if Brown didn’t get out of the seats reserved for Fenty, Gray, and another mayoral long-shot, Leo Alexander.

Brown eventually got up without the help of MPD, but kept complaining to anyone who would listen (including TV cameramen while they were trying to film the debate) about his exclusion. When LL was trying to talk to Gray spokesman Traci Hughes after the debate,  Brown came over to continue his complaining. LL let Brown know what people don’t really care that he was excluded.

Brown snapped, and went on a rant about how unfair LL’s (non) coverage of Brown’s run has been, and indicated that he had considered taking legal action against media outlets for not covering his campaign.

LL’s already low opinion of Brown went even lower after that exchange,  but LL told himself not to reward Brown’s bad behavior with attention.

That all changed when LL was zooming away from the event in a cab and saw Brown get in a Mercedes with Maryland plates. (LL also noticed that Gray was being chauffeured in a Lincoln Navigator with New York plates, which turns out to be a registered to Hertz Rent-A-Car.)

Hmmm, why is a mayoral candidate for D.C. driving a car with Maryland plates? LL wondered.

So LL asked a friend with access to such things to run the plates on Brown's car. It came back as a 1999 Mercedes. Its registered owner: Sulaimon Maurice Brown, date of birth July 31, 1970. Also turning up: Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration records showing a Sulaimon Maurice Brown, born July 31, 1970, was issued a Maryland driver’s license last July. Both records indicate that Brown's address is 7611 Charlton Ave., Berwyn Heights, Md.

LL called Brown and asked him if he lives in Maryland. “Oh no no no, of course not, no, of course not, c’mon now, of course not,” Brown said.

Brown said he was born in South Carolina, but has lived in the District since he was a kid. Asked if he’d ever lived in surrounding areas, Brown said no.

So what about that Maryland driver’s license?

Said Brown: “No,  I don’t have a driver’s license from Maryland, I can show you my identification, I have the District of Columbia identification. Even if—let’s say hypothetically—if that was true, which it’s not, there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s a difference between an address of record and your permanent address. There’s a big difference. But you know, it doesn’t matter. I can be like Michael Jordan, for instance, or Oprah Winfrey, and have property all over the country. Your address of record—you can have property and live anywhere you want or have vehicles anywhere you want—it doesn’t mean where you live is your address of record. And that’s the difference, and that’s the law."

Brown also indicated that LL must have the wrong Sulaimon Maurice Brown’s driver’s license records. LL asked what Brown’s birthday was, so LL could double check the driver’s license records, but Brown declined to provide his birthday.

“So you’ve never gotten a Maryland driver’s license, is what you’re saying,” LL asked.

“What I’m saying is, yes, that is correct," Brown said.

LL obtained Brown’s voter registration and candidate records from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Those records show that Brown's listed address has alternated several times in the last year and a half between two addresses in D.C. But they also show that Sulaimon Maurice Brown’s recorded birthday is—wait for it—July 31, 1970.

So either Brown was lying about not having a Maryland driver's license, is the unknowing victim of identity theft, or there are two Sulaimon Maurice Browns who were born on July 31, 1970 living in the D.C. area.

Next, LL called Muriel Barber, who is listed on Maryland  records as the owner of the Berwyn Heights house and asked if Brown had ever lived there.

“He never lived here. I just know him,” Barber said. She said Brown used to visit someone who lived in her house (she declined to say who), but she hasn’t seen him in a long time.

“Maybe he was just using my address,” Barber said. “He’s not been here in a good while.”

Also curious: Maryland court records list Brown's address as 902 Somerset Place, Hyattsville, Md., as of March, 2005. Land records show that Brown sold 902 Somerset in 2004. But the Prince George’s County Board of Elections website shows that someone with Brown’s birthday (remember, it’s July 31, 1970) is still registered to vote at that address.

D.C. BOEE records show that Brown hasn’t voted in D.C. since at least 2002. Which is a bit odd, seeing as how he is constantly touting his experience working on several campaigns here, including President Barack Obama's. Brown even has a picture of himself standing next to Obama (who is shaking hands with someone else) on his business card.

LL has a follow up call into Brown to try and clear this up, and will update as needed. But at the very least, LL has granted Brown's wish for more coverage.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • …….

    Be careful what you ask for!

  • downtown rez

    Paging DMH: Someone's delusions are about to crash into their reality.
    BTW- who paid the bill for Gray's Navigator?

  • nunyabiz

    As FedEx asks, "what can brown do for you?"

    Answer: Confuse the hell out of D.C. voters!

    Between this candidate and Michael D. Brown, it's crazy.

  • Skipper

    Epic takedown.

  • http://www.theother35percent.blogspot.com Cary Silverman

    Nice sleuthing, LL. Brown has apparently learned well from Harry Jackson.

    Interesting that neither campaign sought to disqualify Brown from the ballot. It may be in both their interests to keep Brown around. From Gray's perspective, Brown's been able to attack the mayor at each candidates' forum/debate in which he's been included in a way that the mayor cannot. From Fenty's perspective, Brown could theoretically peel off a (small) handful of Gray votes and pushing the residency issue would shine the light on Fenty's AG.

  • Truth Hurts

    Of note is his support for Gray. Too bad LL didn't spend any time investigating Gray.

  • THEForce

    @ DRez. Fenty paid for it with tax payer money....clown

  • THEForce

    @TruthHurts Instead of singling out Gray cause youre scared your boy will lose to him, why didnt you ask for an investigation of every candidate, or you only want bad info to come out that hurts Gray?

    No one cares about the truth anymore

  • hymesb

    "In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, or to the campaign of anybody who is running against President Barack Obama in 2012,"

    Ring a Bell?

    I remember when a man landed a plane on the white house lawn a few years before people started crashing planes into other local buildings. I always wondered if that is what gave them the idea.

    Now I see this article. I wonder where they got the idea?

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  • Thyana Liegler

    So how much did Fenty pay you for this article? I guess we can add Alan Suderman as the latest Crony of Fenty.I went to Sulaimon Brown's home for dinner about a week ago and he definitely lives in Washington DC. Ward 5 to be exact.

  • 15th Street

    I can personally attest to Brown's delusional state. Talk to the man for 2 minutes and you've stuck around 1 minute 58 seconds too long. Amazing how many people there are like this... Carlos Allen, this guy: http://www.lawrenceoneal.com/.... I'm always shocked that people like this actually exist in the world.

  • Truth Hurts

    @THEForce: You're way too late and hiding behind a newly crafted fake monikor.

    I'm not scared of anything you do. Just sad. I get your game.

  • Bannaker

    This article is all b s . A lot of people in the District have lived in MD, VA and DC. I grew up in S.E. and during my time in college I lived in MD for a while. Now I am living in DC... Big Deal..

  • Josh Goldberg

    I am voting for Gray...The most important thing here is for DC to have a mayor that is not so openly corrupt and crooked..

  • Fenty

    I am voting for Brown!! At least he is honest!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/amamimus001 AMamiMus

    I agree with Cary Silverman; this was a nice bit of sleuthing. I also agree with the first, anonymous commenter who wrote, "Be careful what you wish for..."

  • DC PhD

    @ hymesb - huh?

  • Fenty

    Fenty's punk azz is gone!!!!! Brown put Fenty in office and Brown took him out of office. How you say?? It was Brown who put the idea in the public arena that Fenty could be defeated...by being the first to run against him. This gave others the idea that they could do it also..Good job Brown..and congratulations Gray.Good riddance to jive azz Nig Fenty!

  • Fenty

    Stick a fork in his azz!!He's Done!! LOL

  • Fenty

    Stick a fork in his (Fenty) azz!!He’s Done!! LOL

  • Bob

    At least Fenty was an upstanding black leader. Having "leaders" like Brown in the public arena is what fuels racism in this country.

  • http://www.1234580.com Jamel Briar

    I like it when people come together and share thoughts. Great website, continue the good work!