Loose Lips Daily: VO Wins Edition
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good afternoon sweet readers! Apologies for the delay; LL was out late at Vincent Orange's victory party wondering where Sulaimon Brown was. Oh wait, he was there, not getting served his subpoena! Also at the party, Mayor Vince Gray, Councilmembers Harry Thomas Jr. and Yvette Alexander, and Ron Moten. Not there: Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown, who hasn't yet called Orange to say congrats. News time:
It's a VO Day: By now you're all aware that Vincent Orange will be the next at-large councilmember, narrowing defeating Republican Pat Mara in a low turnout race. The unofficial final numbers: VO, 28 percent; Mara, 26 percent; Sekou Biddle, 20 percent; Bryan Weaver, 13 percent; and Josh Lopez, 7 percent. In the school board races, D. Kamili Anderson won in Ward 4 and Trayon White Sr. won in Ward 8. Says Martin Austermuhle, "Orange won on the strength of his performance in wards 5, 7 and 8, where he claimed between 55 and 66 percent of the vote. He also led in Ward 4, denying Biddle his home base. Mara performed most strongly in Ward 3 with 49 percent of the vote, but also led in ward 2 and 6. Weaver took Ward 1." Says the Examiner: "As Biddle and Mara dueled over white votes in Northwest, Orange sopped up the black vote in Wards 4, 5, 7, 8." Says the Times: "Vincent B. Orange, a former D.C. council member whose bids for mayor and council chairman fell short in 2006 and 2010, secured an at-large council seat Tuesday by taking majorities in wards 5, 7 and 8 and letting a crowded field of opponents split the crumbs." Says the Post: "If Orange’s margin holds after final absentee and provisional ballots are counted in 10 days, his victory would be a setback for Brown and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who both endorsed Biddle, 39, but were unable to extensively campaign for him this spring as they tried to contain ethical controversies at City Hall. In an interview after declaring victory before 11 p.m., Orange said his win was a rejection of the city’s leadership. 'Georgetown, downtown, Ward 7, Ward 8. They said: ‘You need to back off. We want Orange.’'"
AFTER THE JUMP: Mara's Take; OIG problems; Praise for Cora;
Mara's Missed Moment: Slate's Dave Weigel reports that RNC bigwigs, including chairman Reince Priebus, attended Pat Mara's election night party at Meridian Pint, only to see Republicans fall just short of getting one of their own on the council. "We got the silver again," said Mara. "Biddle took too many votes, and I was telling people, that might be a problem." Whoa, ain't no silver in politics (unless of course it's one of the District's normal goofy at-large races)—who does Mara think he is, Mitt Romney? As Ricky Bobby says, if you're not first, you're last. So, did Mara do well enough to run again in a year? Does he even want to? "I honestly don't know," Mara tells LL. And what about Biddle? Is his political career toast? Does Weaver have momentum? What are Lopez's plans? So many questions!!!
In other news: Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' message to readers of the Hill website: back off, Uncle Sam. More on Charlie Sheen. Courtland Milloy praises Cora Masters Barry. Tom Sherwood on OIG fire truck report: two years late and so what? Jonetta Rose Barras on OIG, he's gotta go.
Gray sked: Commission on HIV/AIDS meeting at 4:30 p.m.
Council sked: Redistricting hearing at 10 a.m.