Loose Lips

Michael Brown to Run Again, Maybe?

Soon to be ex-Councilmember Michael Brown just sort of announced on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt that he's going to run in this spring's special election to get his job back, kinda.

"Folks have told me that my work is not done," Brown told DePuyt, in what sure sounded like a windup to announcing a bid for office. But despite DePuyt's repeated questioning, Brown wouldn't give a definitive answer. He did say, though, that he's "leaning toward" running and has an "apparatus in place" to run a citywide race.

Brown lost his at-large seat in the November election to David Grosso, a relatively unknown former Council aide who benefitted from Brown's dysfunctional campaign. Top of the list of Brown's troubles was the more than $110,000 that went missing from his campaign coffers. Brown puts the blame for the missing funds on his former campaign treasurer, Hakim Sutton, who has denied any wrongdoing. An investigation into the missing money has now been going for six months, and no one has been charged with any crime.

Brown did say that he'll be rejoining the Democratic Party as soon as his term ends at the beginning of January. "I can't wait to change my party affiliation," Brown says.

Brown dropped the D after his name and became an independent to run in the 2008 election, allowing him to win the seat effectively set aside for non-Democrats. The independent label was always a bit a joke, considering that Brown's late father, Ron Brown, once headed the Democratic National Committee.

Anyway, the April 23 election isn't far away. And if Brown wants to mount a credible, well-funded, organized campaign, he'll have to announce soon whether he's actually running or just enjoys hinting that he is.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • #!&%?

    I think most "folks" never thought you did any work to begin with.

  • ward4rez

    "Folks have told me that my work is not done,"

    They've also told you "not again and go away:"

  • Ward One Resident

    He had trouble getting enough signatures to make the ballot when he ran against Grosso. Waiting till Jan. 2/3 and giving himself only about 25 days...in the post-holidays winter? Yeah, good luck with all that Mike.


    I will not vote for this fool. I wish he would disappear from public sight.

  • Alf

    "Brownie, you did a heckuva job."

  • RealDC

    Either do it or move on!

  • NE John

    The egg is cracked and has been left out of the ice box way too long

  • southeast lady

    Brown is not his father's son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • southeast lady

    Brown changing his political party affiliation is not going to change anything. Go away, get a real job and stop playing with Black DC residents' heads. Please.