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Tommy Wells Launching Exploratory Committee Monday

Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells says he'll be launching an exploratory committee for mayor on Monday, as well as kicking off a more official "listening tour" that night at the Big Chair Coffee & Grill in Anacostia.

It's no secret that Wells has been exploring a run for mayor for quite some time. Launching an exploratory committee just makes it semi-official that Wells will be a candidate the next time there's a mayor's race. And though an exploratory committee doesn't necessarily guarantee a run, Wells tells LL it's "likely" he's going to run for mayor.

While it may seem early for a candidate to start running for a race in 2014 at the beginning of 2013, keep in mind that next year's all-important Democratic primary is set to be held in April— only 15 months away. (That's assuming that the feds aren't going to bring charges against Mayor Vince Gray before then.)

Gray's State of the District speech, speaking of the current mayor, is set for the day after Wells' launch.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    We need a thoughtful, SOBER mayor. Sorry Tommy.

  2. #2

    I support Tommy. He's been working to make DC a more livable and walkable city. There is a huge demand for that. That's why people like living in a city. I'm excited to see what he can do as mayor.

  3. noodlez2: electric bugaloo
    #3

    NICE STICKER TOM BOY. GREAT JUDGEMENT ON THAT ONE. FAIL.

  4. #4

    What's with the vitriol?

  5. noodlez2: electric bugaloo
    #5

    BECAUSE THAT CRACKER AINT GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE MAYOR TOKOMA NICK. TOM BOY AND CHARLIE AND DILBERT THINK THAT THE GGW CROWD CAN PUT HIM IN THE MAYOR'S OFFICE BUT HE BEEN SMOKING THAT BAMA WEED.

  6. IAmNotALiberalDemocrat
    #6

    Tommy Wells is too liberal and too far to the left for me. I would vote for a moderate Democrat, someone not too conservative and liberal.

  7. IAmNotALiberalDemocrat
    #7

    Charlie Sheen would make a better Mayor than any of the current D.C. Councilmember clowns.

  8. #8

    He seems pretty bland to get people so riled up. What has he done that is so terrible, or what has he neglected to do that is so crucial? This is just a respectful question, so please don't kill me for asking ok??

  9. #9

    He proposed banning city pols from accepting money from corporations, lobbyists, and city contractors. Pay to play players don't like that.

  10. #10

    Tommy just adds to nature of divisiveness w/in the city. His largest group of supporters are those who used race/class warfare in their quest to get Fenty elected. He grandstands at the drop of a dime. He uses his "media friends" to fester the same divisions. Outside of transit/pedestrian issues, his name doesn't do much to encourage support outside of his current group.

    And Yes, Wells was supportive of ethics reform while it was his idea..and cast the lone vote against Bowser's ethics bill because it didn't include the ban on corporations.

    Get ready for 2010 mayoral election all over again where pols never met a division they couldn't exploit.

  11. #11

    @SEis4Me:

    Fixed this for you.

    Marion just adds to nature of divisiveness w/in the city. His largest group of supporters are those who used race/class warfare in their quest to get [Marion] elected. Marion grandstands at the drop of a dime. He uses his "media friends" to fester the same divisions. Marion's name doesn't do much to encourage support outside of his current group.

    Tommy and Marion may be two sides of the same coin, yet Tommy stands a chance of being mayor. I find the vitriol re: Tommy to be amusing, although that Kwame Brown button isn't a good look.

    BTW, I see you SE Ken!

  12. #12

    I see The Plan™ is working. More--MORE, MORE race-bating, I say! Bwaaaaahahaha! White Mayor©, here we come!

  13. #13

    Well, over here in the East all we are hearing is that Wells enjoys good spirits, rail spirits, pretty much any kind of spirits except top shelf unless you are buying. Haven't we learned our lesson about going backwards? Do we really want another active addict/alcoholic as Mayor?

  14. #14

    Holding out for Tony Williams.

  15. #15

    LIVABLE/WALKABLE CITY?
    ISN'T THE STREETCAR TO NO WHERE THAT HE HELPED GET STARTED WITHOUT THE PROPER DUE DILIGENCE IN HIS WARD?

    THIS IS THE SAME BAMMA WHO SNOOKERED AND SUCKERED LONG STANDING BUSINESS OWNERS(BLACK, ASIAN AND JEWS)OF H ST NE OUT OF MONEY THEY SHOULD HAVE REC'D FROM DC GOVT FOR LOST INCOME FROM STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION AND STEERED IT TOWARD HIS CRONY THAT OWNS THOSE NEW BARS ON H ST NE?

    THIS IS THE SAME CHUMP WHO FLANKED FENTY ON ISSUES THAT ALIENATED BLACK FOLK EAST OF THE RIVER.

    THE SUSPECT ALCOHOL AND DRUNKENNESS DOESNT HELP HIS CAUSE EITHER.

    OHHH!!! DID I MENTION HE IS WHITE?

    GRAY 2014.

  16. #16

    Noodlez, my whack brother. I see you don't say where "Gray in 2014" refers to. House arrest? I'm betting on March madness in one city.

    And your white boy swipe? I know you didn't mean that as a slight. And I'm not a Wells backer. btw, Cant believe the nats traded the beast

  17. #17

    A mayor with "issues" is not what we need. "Tosspots for Tommy" is not my idea of a PAC. This is all a fantasy of the Tunnicliff's crowd so its no wonder this is what they came up with. I can just visualize them all revving each other up while they quaff a few. It won't play so well in the daylight and city wide.

    Clearly the only viable choice at this point is Jack like it or not.

  18. #18

    That is so unfair. I once saw Wells when he didn't appear to be all that inebriated.

  19. #19

    GRAY FOR MAYOR 2014!

    SLIM FOLKS HANGING ON CENSUS NUMBERS AS IF WHITE GENTRIFICATION WILL PRODUCE SOME SORT OF WHITE BOY MAYORALSHIP! IF HE IS NOT SMART ENUF TO REALIZE THAT THEN HE AINT SMART ENUF TO BE MAYOR! WELLS AND/OR EVANS WILL NOT WIN WARDS 4,5,7 AND 8. LOOK EVERYBODY GOT DREAMS BUT SOMEBODY NEED TO WAKE OL' WELLS UP FROM HIS DRUNKEN STUPOR!

    IM MARRIED AND NOT THE WEALTHIEST BROTHER IN D.C. BUT I DON'T NEED SOME OVERPAID CIRCLE JERK TO TELL ME THAT MY DREAM OF ME & MS. KERRY WASHINGTON HOLDING HANDS AND WALKING ON A BEACH WILL NEVER BECOME A REALITY.

    AS FOR YOUR BOY I CAN BELIEVE IT ONCE WE LOCKED UP SWEET SWINGING ADAM. BEAST WAS A LIABILITY IN THE OUTFIELD AND ONCE WE GOT D. SPAN IT WAS OVER FOR HIM. HE'LL BE ALRIGHT IN SEATTLE.

  20. #20

    Heh, noodlez, care to put forth a viable Black candidate. The well seems to be pretty shallow at this point.

    As to waking Wells up from his drunken stupor, unfortunately Betty Ford died. Suspect behavior has been observed in the daytime, never a good sign.

  21. #21

    All this nasty conjecture is suspect. Just because someone appears drunk in the morning does not mean they have been drinking in the daytime. He could have still been drunk from the night before.

  22. #22

    Tosspots for Tommy, I like that. Seriously though Wells being Mayor would make the city safer. He would have a car and driver and wouldn't be behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    After all we had a drunk for a president for 8 years and that turned out, oh never mind.

  23. #23

    Tommy Wells is a racist-- POINT BLANK!

  24. #24

    A drunken rascist, wow, how 1937. I love that word Tosspot.
    Tommy Tosspot for Mayor!

  25. #25

    @Staffer - wondering if you have one shred of evidence to back that up? Tommy is quite left of center (I am not) in his thinking but there are two things that I love about him:

    - He cares about DC and the people living in the city...and he actually does something about it
    - He is not for sale to the likes of the numerous pay-to-play types that have run this city for decades...and they HATE that

    This is all about killing him before he gets out of the gate...because god forbid we ever have a Mayor that represents everyone in DC.

  26. #26

    Tommy Wells is divisive. It is true that he could not carry wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 because many there simply don't trust the guy. Perception is reality. Is he racist? How can one know unless he is overt about it which is so 1965.

    A split vote between Tommy Wells and Jack Evans will produce a definate defeat for them both.

  27. DC=DistrictofCorruption
    #27

    I've got several reasons to lobby against a Tommy Wells for Mayor campaign. He is a protege of Sharon Ambrose and simply can't be trusted. He is the biggest hypocrite and the worst kind of politician -- one with little or no real skills except the ability to do anything and say anything to get elected. What did he do on the Board of Education? How about Children and Family Services? And don't forget the Children's Trust Fund? I can't wait for the audit to come out on that one. His skeletons will start to rattle. While pretending to align with Fenty, he was backing Gray. As an insider, he got the goods on the campaign and seized the opportunity to polish his own tarnished image by exposing his colleagues. Even without the drinking, he is still lacking the skills to lead.

  28. #28

    Noodlez, If you *really* think that Gray will run, much less win, in 2014 then you are dumber than I think - or as drunk as half these speculative fools accuse Tommy of being.

    How's the one city caucus working out for you - HTJ (Federal Prison), Kwame (house arrest), and Vince (still struggling to stay afloat). Say what you will about Kwame, but he is not on the take. No Thompson money there.

  29. #29

    @DC=DistrictofCorruption

    And then of course there IS the drinking, and then more drinking, and then more drinking...Wells is, though, a classic modern American political archetype, the Irish, white , male drunk..now if it was only 1952 and this was Boston Tommy would be all set.

    Wells backed both "Fully Loaded" and Gray? How is that for good judgment? Next thing we know he'll be publishing op-ed character references for Graham too.

    I have come to the conclusion after the exposure of Catania's being on the take to the tune of $300,000.00 that they all are and we simply haven't figured out how Wells is yet.

    I like that some make it easy for us by aligning with classic, known bag operations like Patton Boggs. Did I mention the drinking?

  30. #30

    Bowser, Wells, Evans.

    Take your pick, or see if there is a non Councilmember who is viable and stepping up?

  31. #31

    Tommys not a bad guy, but most of what goes on in our city is over on the west side, which I don't think he has a clue to the happenings here. On another note, what's going on with the quickly becoming non-diverse city council? Seems to becoming whiter and whiter, no Hispanics, Asians, normal black men etc?

  32. #32

    Fixed this for you.

    No need since none of my W8 friends nor I have supported him throughout the years. But more importantly, he's "reach" is limited to W8 and is not running for Mayor of an entire city. So what's your point?

    Tommy attached himself to the unbilical cord of those most instrumental in pushing the notion that Fenty opponents were anti-education, anti-transit and frankly anti-any progressive idea. He's used those w/in the transit community to further his political ambition and even though that is hardly a "new" thing for pols but now he has to live w/the consequences.

  33. #33

    EVANS

  34. #34

    Tommy's awful. He'll shake your hand and act like your friend one day, then totally forget that he ever had any conversation with you the next day. I speak from experience on that one.

    As for Evans, the man barely shows up for his Council job, which he's consistently maintained while working for Patton Boggs, one of DC's biggest lobbying firms. He moves legislation that is in his lobbying firm's favor all the way to a vote, THEN opts to "recuse" himself.

    Nevermind that he spends his entire time on the dais doing his personal finances and ignoring the general discourse. I'll give the man credit: he knows how to campaign. He's also kept Ward 2 on total lockdown. No one dares oppose him. But in a city wide race, way too many questions about him would come out.

    From the current council, only Bowser, Mendelson, Mcduffie, Cheh and Grosso have what it takes to run the show. However, Mcduffie and Grosso are untested and would need a few more years as CMs before thinking about the big show.

  35. #35

    Sharon Ambrose and her handmaidens remind one of a combination of Snow White's stepmother and the Stepford Wives. They follow Ambrose around and do her dirty work for her until she turns and shushes them because they don't have enough sense to know when they've gone overboard.

    I have observed this behavior time and time again, both when she was on the City Council and after when she appeared at public forums.

    Not beating you up newcomer, but I have been told the only way Tommy Wells was elected was with her help. God Help Us All If Tommy Wells ever became Mayor of ANYTHING. The man is manipulative beyond that of the political need, he is a closet racist who puts African Americans out front to cover his racism. He most definitely does have a drinking problem, and he is the true example of one who thinks he is entitled. I saw Tommy Wells ignore a Black male campaign worker who had approached him with a question until the White woman standing next to him told him the man was working on his campaign. Then he suddenly became Mr. Smiley and started shaking the startled man's hand. Pathetic.

    TOMMY WELLS FOR DOGCATCHER: He could intoxicate them by blowing into their faces.

  36. #36

    @THOMDC-I THOUGHT MAYOR GRAY WAS BLACK???

    @OHMY-THE CITY IS FLUSH WITH CASH. CRIME IS DOWN. GENTRIFICATION IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH. SCHOOLS ARE NOT GETTING ANY WORSE BECAUSE GAYTANIA IS ON THE PROWL. THERE IS SYMMETRY BETWEEN THE COUNCIL AND MAYOR GRAY.

    MAYOR GRAY WILL PULL WARDS 5,7 AND 8 IN THE PRIMARY.
    WELLS DON'T HAVE A CHANCE OVER THERE.
    EVANS MAY GET BARRY TO WALK WITH HIM FOR A PHOTO OP BY BIG CHAIR BUT THAT IS ABOUT IT.
    BOWSER ONLY BENEFITS IF MAYOR GRAY DOESN'T RUN BESIDES 4 YEARS IS STILL TOO EARLY FOR FENTY FLUNKIES. THE STANK STILL PERMEATES!

    IF MAYOR GRAY'S ADMIN IS STRUGGLING TO STAY AFLOAT THEN THE FENTY ADMIN WAS DEEP SIX'D.

    ONE CITY. ONE MIL IN THE BANK. ONE YEAR TO 2ND TERM.

  37. #37

    He bamboozled Eastern Senior High School PTSA to endorse him to be on the school board. This throwing of the rock and hiding his hand is his most useful tool. I can only imagine what his exploratory committee will do and find. Look, until his does the "wobble" in front of Horace and Dickies he will not get my vote.

  38. #38

    Screw the Dem primary, just a catalogue of fools. We need a strong minded independent to beat Gray 1 on 1 in the general. Of course there is absolutely no one capable I can even think of to do so but a guy can dream.

  39. #39

    @ Oh My

    NEWSFLASH!!!!!!!!

    MARION ain't running for mayor! Big difference Sparky!!

  40. #40

    "How's the one city caucus working out for you - HTJ (Federal Prison), Kwame (house arrest), and Vince (still struggling to stay afloat). Say what you will about Kwame, but he is not on the take. No Thompson money there"

    What OH MY fails to realize is that all the aforementioned are and were fall guys for none other than ADRIAN "TURTLEBOY" FENTY and his cronies!!

    I said it many a time here that Fenty would get his when the smoke cleared and the dust settled. Mayor Gray has had to waddle through Fenster's mud, poo and filth just to get to the BASICS! This election will definitely call for some serious gut checks and the shelving of prideous, perfidious, racial and political reprisals!

    Tommy ain't dat guy in 2014!!!

  41. #41

    So the anti-Wells comments seem to me mostly people calling him a drunk or race baiting. I haven't seen any policy related criticisms. That's telling. Tommy is going to work to end pay to play, continue DC development, and make the city less car dependent and more walkable. I support that.

  42. #42

    @TakomaNick, it doesn't matter. Perception is reality. People vote based upon how the feel about a candidate. Wells isn't much trusted in wards 4,5,7 or 8.

  43. #43

    Its great to see that the old boy who was raised in Alabama is poised to begin his run for Mayor. The only question is whether or not he can spend enough time away from the bar at the Tune Inn to actually campaign sober.

  44. #44

    I'd say Tommy will hold his own in wards 4 and 5, and depending on who else runs, clean up in 1, 2, 3, and 6. He might even get some votes from people in 7 and 8 who are tired of the same-ol'-same-ol'. In the privacy of the voting booth, no one will know you voted for sanity.

    The time when the Marion Barry Fan Club called the shots in citywide elections is over.

  45. #45

    @Frank Lee Mahdear

    You must be a Wells plant, or at least someone who gets potted with Tosspot. Even without being a drunk Wells comes across like a goombah cracker with the sophistication of Opie Taylor gone to seed. This won't play in 1,2 or 3.

    Wells is simply the tool of a group that has grudges against Jack going way back. He is a spoiler which I guess is the reason they wanted someone soaked in "preservatives". Easy to inflate, easy to control.

  46. #46

    All the usual suspects have reassembled, I see. Love the "Tommy is a drunk" meme, and the race-baiting is really funny too - so Tommy is simultaneously a goombah and a cracker?!?! Awesome.

    Fact is, Tommy has three things going for him: 1) He's not a long-time DC political player with questionable outside employment (Evans), 2) Isn't under federal investigation (Gray), and 3) Has no ties to the Thompson network (Everyone Else). Whether these three things will help Tommy build citywide support apart from his huge base of support in Ward 6 remains to be seen, but for now all these comments from the one citidiots are nothing more than wishful thinking.

  47. #47

    There are lot of Wells staffers on here talking him up. I can't imagine how Takoma Nick gets any of tosspot's constituent service work done.

  48. #48

    @WAIT-ONE COULD ALSO SAY THAT THOSE 3 THINGS WILL WORK AGAINST HIM.

    #1-WHO WILL VOTE FOR SOME BAMMA ASS JOHNNY COME LATELY WHITEBOY THAT HASN'T PUT HIS WORK IN?

    #2-MAYOR GRAY'S 2010 CAMPAIGN IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND I'M SURE HE HAS LEARNED FROM HIS MISTAKES.

    #3-SLIM EVERYONE GOT MONEY FROM THOMPSON.
    EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
    WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT WELLS?
    WAIT FOR IT . . . LOOSSERRR!!!!!!

    GRANTED WARD 6 HAS A GAGGLE OF WHINY TRANSIENT POLITICOS WHO BARELY EEKED OUT A WARD WIN FOR FLENTY IN A RACIALLY CHARGED CONTESTED RACE IN 2010. NEWSFLASH!!! WARD 6 IS MORE THAN CAP HILL AND H ST NE BETWEEN 11TH & MARYLAND AVE.

    THE WISHFUL THINKING IS WHAT OL' TOMMY IS DOING IF HE THINKS HE WILL BECOME MAYOR OF CHOCOLATE CITY!

    ONE CITIDIOTS STILL HOLDING IT DOWN FOR MAYOR GRAY.

  49. #49

    @ Wait, What?

    Don't know about Wells being a drunk, but based on the endless comments i've read over the years about him being an alcoholic, there must be some truth to it.

    In reference to your comment about Evans' questionable outside employment, what about Wells’ questionable dealings with the businesses in Wards 6? And the only reason he doesn't have ties with Thompson is because Thompson chose not to make contributions to Wells' campaigns.

    Wells would have taken dirty drawers from Thompson if he gave it up and it would've helped his campaign.

    What about Wells' connection to Douglas? Douglas was investigated in 90s and went to court for bribing gov't employees and defrauding the gov't of millions. Several DC government employees were convicted and served time based on Douglas' criminal actions.

    Wells got his hands in the cookie jar too!

    Oh, in reference to Ward 6 loving Wells, it's only some of the White residents of Ward 6, not the Blacks ones; they despise his decisive and racist governing style.
    The Blacks in Jack Evans' former Ward 2 now Ward 6--Shaw residents-- can't stand Wells, who is trying to racially divide Shaw as he has successfully done in Ward 6.

    Wells ain't got a chance in hell of being the Mayor in 2014 because Blacks will make sure that Blacks don’t vote him!!

  50. #50

    mistake,

    they despise his divisive...

  51. #51

    DC's had an enormous influx of residents over the past decade. For the most part, they're professional, white and progressive. They're not interested in local DC politics, nor do they vote in local elections. If Wells (or any white candidate) is serious about running for mayor, he/she must register these folks and get them to vote in DC. Otherwise, forget it. No chance.

  52. #52

    Muriel Bowser will be our next Mayor, unless a well funded outside candidate runs.

  53. #53

    Dear Staffer, I knew what you meant. You probably could also have said 'derisive'.

  54. #54

    dino is funny

  55. #55

    Run Tommy Run!

  56. #56

    @ Frank Lee Mahdear,

    You must be one of Wells' delusional exploratory committee members if you believe Wells will hold his own in Wards 4 and 5! These Wards are still majority Black and Wells has a reputation in the Black community as being a segregationist based on his voting record and how he excludes and ignores his Blacks constituents in Ward 6.

    Without a doubt, Wells will lose Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8 !

  57. #57

    @#54: Ward Six also if I have anything to do with it.
    I will do everything I can to prevent Wells from being elected Mayor and I'm a White Guy.

  58. #58

    Jimbo - No, I don't work for Wells. I've never even met him. Thanks for impugning my motives though.

    Wells has a huge base of support because people like his policies. He's the biggest progressive on council in a ridiculously Democratic town. He's got a shot.

  59. #59

    The comments in here are staggering. Tommy being mayor would be the best thing that's happened to the city in 40 years...You hate him because he's white? Seriously? You're calling him a "racist"? Grow the hell up.... we have had one crap mayor after the next since that piece of garbage Barry disgraced our city on a National level...and continues to do so by staying in the Council. You'd rather have some crooked fool like Gray or Fenty, than a legitimate professional who cares about the city and its residents. Our city is a mess and needs to be cleaned up.

  60. #60

    Tommy being mayor would be the best thing that's happened to the city in 40 years..

    This marks exhibit A for why people ridicule the lengths supporters go in an effort to defend their candidate. Last I heard, ANTHONY WILLIAMS was the best thing that's happened in 40 years. Fenty and Gray only continued on the path he set forth.

    I have no idea (nor care) if he's a racist. But I do believe Wells as mayor would be a bad thing for the city and launch us right back into the "DC wars" that have somewhat subsided post-Fenty. Absent any charges, Wells would have to convince voters that he will either 1) track a different course than Gray 2)focus on what happened 5 years prior to his run.

    Both are hard things to accomplish, especially if the city continues to be managed well and if Muriel Bowser runs. In that scenario, Gray will likely win by default.

  61. #61

    @ Ward 6 Resident,

    Evans is also White and there is not one comment calling Evans a racist or segregationist. So your logic doesn't fly.

    Wells is NOT disliked because he is White; Wells has expressed disdain and disregard for Blacks and he will reap what he sowed if he's stupid enough to run for mayor.

  62. #62

    are probes involved in this exploratory

  63. #63

    I will never vote for Tommy Wells- doesn't seem smart or having done anything of real merit. His record on council weak in terms of oversight. Seems like an opportunist.

    Jack Evans is all about self and could care less about residents unless convenient. With his non oversight of CFO's office - he's definitely part of the problem.

    Need someone above it all to run. Time for new and fresh leadership.

  64. #64

    @ NEJOHN-THAT'S FUNNY!

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