How Many People Does It Take to Host a Party?
Unlike likely mayoral candidates Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser has been keeping her potential ambitions out of the press. Evans and Wells haven't been shy about their shared goal of becoming the District's next mayor, while Bowser, whose name is often mentioned as a potential candidate, has stayed mum so far.
But just because Bowser isn't saying anything publicly doesn't means she's not sending any messages. Take the list of 200-plus "host committee" members of Bowser's 40th birthday party/campaign fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, which includes plenty of well-connected lobbyists, deep-pocketed developers, and loyal supporters of former Mayor Adrian Fenty—as well as the former mayor himself.
(LL won't go through the whole list of bold-faced names, many of whom are from outside of Bowser's ward. But a few notables include: disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.'s mother, Romaine Thomas; Gray for Mayor finance committee member Doug Patton; and former Ward 7 Councilmember H.R. Crawford.)
LL asked Bowser if she's trying to let her potential political opponents see just how much support she'll have should she run for mayor. (Note: Bowser doesn't have any opponents in the November general election for the Ward 4 spot, but she had more than $130,000 in the bank as of last month.) Nope, says Bowser, who noted that there are plenty of "grassroots" supporters among the host committee members as well.
"It's a big birthday," she says.
Indeed. The list (in a familiar color that LL once would have been tempted to call "Fenty green," but may soon be better known as Bowser's aesthetic):
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