Loose Lips

Bowser: D.C. Needs “Real Change”

Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser launched her mayoral campaign this morning outside her childhood home in North Michigan Park, telling a group of 100 or so supporters, reporters, and lookers-on who crowded onto 7th Street NE that the District needs new leadership so it can be "the most responsive and the most innovated government in the entire world."

In a relatively short speech, Bowser, whose candidacy has been a somewhat forgone conclusion for several months, talked about the need for better schools, better senior care, and a better city in general, but spent much of her time indirectly criticizing the current mayor and her potential rival, if he runs for a second term, Vince Gray. The Democratic primary, which in D.C. effectively decides the winner of most elections, would most likely be a little more than a year from now, on April 1, 2014.

"As I've gotten around the city you've told me that you're disappointed, that the work of the District of Columbia has been sidetracked. Corruption has robbed us of our focus, our momentum, our need to think big and act swiftly," Bowser said. "We settled into managing the status quo, riding the success of our past instead of shaping the landscape of our future. And it's showing up too, slower service deliver, missed deadlines, taskforce upon taskforce, and hits to our regional reputation."

Bowser borrowed heavily from the campaign themes of ex-Mayor Adrian Fenty, who launched Bowser's political career and lost to Gray in 2010. Bowser said the District was hungry for a mayor who governs with "energy," "urgency," and produces "real change," which were some of Fenty's favorite buzzwords.

But the nub of Bowser's speech: she said the city wants "a mayor to make us proud again."

No councilmembers came to Bowser's kickoff, and the event wasn't teeming with local politicos. Fenty wasn't there, but several of his supporters did come by, including former Councilmember Bill Lightfoot, Fenty campaign treasurer Ben Soto, former development director (and fire truck donor) David Jannerone, and campaign advisor Tom Lindenfeld.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • 5thgenDCNatv

    The emptiest of all empty suits. She and the rest of the CC need to go away. Sick of all of'em.

    Better schools huh?? Isn't that what you, Fenty, Rhee and Henderson accomplished starting 6 years ago?? So the schools still need fixing?? Then what does that say about the last 6 years??

  • Golden Home Rule

    It is unbelievable how much this woman looks like and reminds me of Harry Thomas Jr. It is like HTJ is doing drag. Mostly though, it is that keen intelligent look in the eyes. Kwame had it too. Vote for me I am dumb as mud.

    What possibly qualifies this woman to be Mayor except the fact that Tom Lindenfeld thinks he can get her elected. Please Tom, no more favors.

    David Jannarone, now THAT is an idiot! If she is going to try to make corruption an issue she needs to loose Jannarone asap. "The Bowser Gang" we're too dumb to steal! And Bill "when the going gets tough Bill Lightfoot gets going" Lightfoot. There is no one this gaggle of second rate has beens serves well.

    So now we have a tosspot and a Harry Thomas Jr. clone running for Mayor. Pathetic as he is why would we switch out Gray for either of these, it wouldn't be worth reprinting the stationery.

  • Logan Circler

    What's up with the cheap wig?

  • Hmm…

    I think the ppl of DC are so accustomed to shady characters that they assume she is flawed. I’m willing to give her a shot. She has done well for Ward 4. Gray is a failure. Wells is an absolute joke. Evans is just cared about ambition. I like her message so far. So... Let's go Muriel.

    Ward 6 Resident

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    I've never seen or heard of Muriel Bowser dating a man. She's 40 years old, never married, and have no children. Is she a lesbian? I can assure you, if this were a single 40 year old man, never seen with a man, and have no children, some would question his sexuality. I would have no problem if Muriel is a lesbian, however, I'm not voting for her because she has no executive experience and she hasn't authored in important legislation on the D.C. Council. What has Muriel done to address the high black unemployment in the District, mental health, public safety, senior citizens? I don't think Bowser belongs to any church like Fenty. They both might be atheists.

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    Correction:

    If this were a single 40 year old man, never married, have no children, and never seen with a woman, some would question his sexuality. There have been whispers in Ward 4 with some of the senior citizens about her being single and never seen with a man or dating one.

  • Benefit of the doubt

    It's unfortunate to read all the bashing in the comments here. Politicians are flawed because they are 1) humans and 2) have the gall to be politicians. Dig an inch deep into anyone's life and there's going to be dirt. And politics is inherently dirty. Not doing much on the council may just be a strategy to not get her hands dirty.

    We'll have time enough to see her in action the next year and some of would be happy to vote for an atheist lesbian.

  • noodlez

    TOO MUCH LEFTOVER FLENTY FECAL MATTER.
    NOT ENOUGH MURIEL BOWSER.

    TOO LITTLE EXPERIENCE.
    TOO MUCH BRIGHT EYED AND BUSHY TAIL.

    SHE HAS NEVER BEEN IN A POLITICAL FIGHT SO HOW CAN SHE DEFEND HERSELF BESIDES LOOKING LIKE A VICTIM? THE DISTRICT NEEDS SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO FIGHT FOR THEM. HOW CAN YOU STAND FOR SOMETHING WHEN YOU FALL FOR ANYTHING??

    SHE SHOULD'VE WAITED TO SEE WHAT EVANS WAS GOING TO DO BECAUSE HE WILL PULL WARDS 2 AND 3.
    SHE MAY NOT WIN HER OWN WARD IF MAYOR GRAY RUN FOR REELECTION.

    HOW WILL SHE GET WARDS 7 AND 8 TO VOTE FOR HER INSTEAD OF MAYOR GRAY?
    WHAT WILL SHE DO SO DIFFERENT FROM THE CURRENT ADMIN THAT WILL MAKE SOMEONE IN THE INNER CITY WARDS VOTE FOR HER BESIDES BASHING MAYOR GRAY?

    SHE JUMPED THE GUN AND SHOULD HAVE WAITED UNTIL NEXT ELECTION CYCLE. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SMART MOVE MURIEL! YOU SUFFER A LOSS HERE AND FOLK WILL SEE YOUR VULNERABILITIES. WHY TAKE AN UNNECESSARY "L"?
    THIS IS ALSO TELLING IN THAT SHE ALLOWED FOLK IN HER CIRCLE TO CONVINCE HER TO RUN. WHAT WILL THEY CONVINCE HER TO DO IF SHE WINS?

    I'M SHAKING MY HEAD ON THIS ONE IT DOESN'T MAKE POLITICAL SENSE UNLESS SHE KNOWS SOMETHING WE DON'T.

  • NE John

    flenty fecal matter lol

    To which Bowser exclaimed,
    "Sha-na-na-na, sha-na-na-na-na, ahh-do
    Sha-na-na-na, sha-na-na-na-na
    Ahh, yip-yip-yip-yip-yip-yip-yip-yip
    Mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum, get a job
    Sha-na-na-na, sha-na-na-na-na"

  • Illegal Alien

    I want to know, why Bowser has never been married and she's never been seen in public with a man. I've never heard of Bowser having a love life or a boyfriend. Does this mean she's a lesbian? If a man has never been married, has no children, and is never seen with a woman, people will wonder about his sexuality. That's just a fact...

  • Lu Lu Hogg

    Illegal, you make a good observation. I too have never heard of Ms. Bowser being linked to a man or dating one. She's 40 years old and back in the day, she would have been considered an old maid. Things have changed over the years and women are liberated. I too would like to know if Bowser is sexual attractive to men and who is she dating. These are ligetimate questions to ask of any candidate running for office. For years, rumors plagued former New York City Mayor Ed Kock of being gay because he was never married and he lived in Gracie Mansion all alone. I married the love of my life, Boss Hogg, at the age of 19 years old. I am now 94 years old. My Boss Hogg has since passed away.

  • Lu Lu Hogg

    Ed Koch, not Ed Kock

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    LOL LOL@Lu Lu Hogg

  • RealDC

    LOL, now Bowser is the "real change"? Get REAL!

    Just because she put a yellow swirl in her Fenty green campaign signs, she now considers herself "real change". LOL.

    Look Mayor "One-City", please whipped her azz the same way you whipped her "hero's" azz in 2010.

    Bowser has been completely disrespectful to Mayor "One-City" since her arrival on the council. Of course at the direction of Fenty.

    Bowser was disrespectful to Gray and to ward 4 residents at the ward 4 straw poll at the St. Georges Ballroom in August 2010 when she kept yelling "fact, fact, fact,.....".

    For the record, Bowser is a moron!

    Bowser called on Mayor "One-City" to resign after a couple of your "goons" got popped for "shadey" campaign antics without knowing anything about your involvement. Disrespectful in every sense of the word.

    So, Mayor "One-City" can you please run and put an end to this bullshit. One more knockout of these fools. All the "Fenty Green Team Clowns" will just go away after you beat Bowser!

    Ward 4, Bowser is your council person, the rest of the city does NOT want her!

  • KeepIt100

    What meaningful legislation has Muriel Bowser sponsored and passed since being on the Council? I disagree with her statement that progress in the city has slowed. One only has to take a look around to see that the city is thriving, construction contracted under the Williams Administration continues, city services continues to improve and our financial outlook with a 1.3 billion dollar reserve is great.

    Vincent Gray has moved the city forward DESPITE the distraction of the Machen investigations. I know what to expect from Gray and I would expect much less to come from Muriel Bowser who for all intents and purposes is Fenty loaded down with estrogen. No thank you very much. Short of someone other than a native Washingtonian running, I'll stick with what I know.

  • Art

    @KeepIt100, it is always interesting to me when people criticize council members for not introducing legislation. Even a cursory look at the DC Code demonstartes that this city has plenty of laws. More shold not be added just so a council member can point to legislation that s/he got passed. Now if you want to criticize a council member on his/her oversight (or lack thereof) of how the mayor enforces those laws, that would seem more reasonable.

  • sticktoyourguns

    she dated fenty....if you consider him a man............

  • sticktoyourguns

    with her as mayor please expect fenty to be co-mayor

  • sticktoyourguns

    ok so she has been on the council since 2007 people still don't know who she is or what has she done.PEOPLE what does that tell you she has done nothing and knows even less about this city. if you don't live in Shepard Park or Crestwood forget about it. she hates renter, she hates all whom she feels are beneath her.

  • Ward4resident

    What has Bowser done on the Council? What are her signal accomplishments?

    What life experience and work experience does she have that would make her a good Mayor?

    As I understand it, her only work experience aside from doing nothing on the Council was some as a low level admin person for montgomery county government.

    There are 25 year olds with more impressive work experience than Bowser.

    Her vision of DC is to what get rid of corruption? What did she do to get rid of corruption in contracting when she had oversight over the biggest contracting agencies in DC?

  • justsayin

    A vote for Bowser is more of the same ole. Metaphorically speaking it's just the continuation of putting lipstick on a pig. She couldn't give less than a damn about ethics because she becomes very defensive when asked her stance on big, bundled corporate contributions because she knows the money will carry her further than substance, which she lacks as a legislator and deliverer. She couldn't give less than a damn about most of her constituents in Ward 4, so it will be comical to watch her trying to reach out east of the park through gritted teeth and turned-up nose.

  • Pingback: Muriel Bowser Kicks Off DC Mayoral Campaign; But is She Ready for Mayor? | The DC Pundit

  • Rad

    Its 2013 peoples! Judge her on her accomplishments or lack thereof; judge her on her promises or failure to keep them, etc.

    But ya'll start talking about whether she's single, lesbian, believes in a higher power or not..you start showing your head's in the wrong place.

  • Optimistic

    Wow, very negative people here. First of all, what does her love life have to do with anything? Mind your business! Second of all she stands for greater transparency and ethical reform within the district's governing body, she cares about her Ward 4 constituents (and DC residents at large), and delivers on her promises. She is pragmatic, ambitious and sane, something we need more of from politicians these days (even if the game of politics is a dirty one, stop yapping and get the job done already!!). So far I like what I see (she has been reelected several times, which counts for something), and she has my vote!

  • Illegal Alien

    Poliicians are public figures and yes I want to know who's she dating and if she likes men. Gezz, the woman is 40 years old, single, no children, and she's never been married. Let's face it, if she were a man, there would be rumors all over the place about his sexuality. There's a double standard in society. A 40 year old woman can be single and never be seen with a man. However, a 40 year old single man never seen with a woman or dating one, the rumors starts about his sexuality. This is just a fact. For the record, I supported gay marriage.

  • Illegal Alien

    There have been rumors for years about John Travolta's sexual preference and he's married to a woman with kids. The same applies to Oprah. Oprah has a boyfriend, however, people still question her sexuality. Miss Bowser has never been seen with a man publicly. I want to know all about a candidate running for public office. How can single people address education and schools and they don't have children. There were rumors about former New York City Mayor Ed Koch for years not being married. In an earlier campaign years ago, it's alleged, the former Govornor of New York brought up Koch's sexuality in the campaign.

  • SEis4ME

    Her sexuality is rather irrelevant. Like, as in, very, very IRRELEVANT.

    But her inability to lead DC is the real thing. Muriel Bowser seems to be interesting in using the same Fenty'esque approach. That is, convince the city that old man gray is a relic of the past who can't be trusted to properly manage the city. The issue, of course, is that the rhetoric won't match up well w/how the city has been managed over Gray's time in office.

    So she will be running against what she imagines to be rather than what it really is. I question her sanity though. This anti-Gray approach didn't work well for Fenty AT ALL. Yet, she employs the same methods...and expecting a different result?

    IMO, this spells empty suit and ambition.

  • SayWhat

    Liberal Democrat: that is none of your damn business if she is a Lesbian or not, what should be of concern is that she can be a great Mayor. To you Muriel, some of us do, some of us want to do, the rest are just HATERS! Go Muriel.

  • sticktoyourguns

    I could care less if she is a lesbian, the problem is she has been less than a council member rep so we don't need her as less than a mayor.

  • KeepIt100

    Short of Vincent Gray being indicted or Anthony Williams entering the race, if he decides to run again, I am voting for him. The city has continued its progress under his leadership.

  • SayWhat

    I know one darn thing, if Muriel Bowser didn't push the legislation through that saved the citizens of the District of Columbia due process before people could foreclose on them. Lots of people would have not been able to save their homes. DC had no recourse for district residents on foreclosures. People learn your facts before you open your mouths and let everyone see how either stupid you can be; or how unintelligent you can be. It is embarrassing.

  • Washingtonian8

    Muriel Bowser's sexuality? What does this have to do with her qualifications to be Mayor? To my understanding, New York City Mayor Ed Koch was considered a great Mayor. So someone who is not seen with the opposite sex, who remains unmarried, and has no kids - this means one is homosexual! Isn't this a stretch! It seems to me that the question to ask is whether or not she understands the average citizen who has responsibilities and is trying to multitask being a parent, a spouse, an employee, a person, etc., usually without enough money to keep it all together. What about that average DC government employee trying to deal with the mismanagement of an inexperienced Director and crew? Will she alienate the city's unions, will she see the city's employees as human capital, will she create an atmosphere of hate, revenge and anger as many felt Fenty did? Can she be visionary? I'm afraid from her kickoff, it does sound like Fenty recreated. It also seems that if she is elected, we may have to deal with Fenty and his crew. There are too many of them in crucial areas now and they are creating the same divisiveness and hate seen from 2007 to 2010. No one wants that kind of government. My disappointment with Gray is that he will not deal with the mismanagement at DOES. Lisa Maria Mallory and crew need to be taken out of any leadership position at DOES. He is determined to protect Lisa Maria Mallory the same way that Fenty protected Rhee. We all know what happened to Fenty.

  • Grace Jones

    SayWhat, Muriel is that you?

  • CityRez

    The previous postings remind us how provincial DC is in many parts. "Is she a lesbian?" Hate to disappoint, but it's not 1955 and we're not in Alabama. It's 2013 and the country increasingly supports marriage equality. Theses questions are the DC version of Mitt Romney fretting about the 47%. Times have changed. DC gets more diverse by the day. Trying to impose 1955 on the rest of us will not work any more than it did for Mitt Romney and yesterday's Republicans. If you're fretting about Muriel Bowser's sexuality, you're stuck in the past - like decades ago. Have another cup of Lawrence Welk, George Corley Wallace and enjoy reading Leviticus while you eat pork, shellfish and violate Biblical instructions in all the ways you find inconvenient.

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    CityRez, it was a legitimate question to ask and nothing was homophobic or offensive about the question. Why are people/media still wondering about Oprah and Gail sexual orientation and Oprah have a boyfriend? I've heard people constantly ask is he or she married. I was discussint a friend the other day to my mom and the first thing came out of her mouth, is he married. I could careless if a candidate is gay or lesbian, as long as they share my concerns or interests.

  • sticktoyourguns

    the below statement by harry jaffe says it all

    And Bowser just became chairwoman of the council's Economic Development Committee, which puts her in the position to milk private-sector fat cats who need her committee.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/harry-jaffe-money-and-the-mayors-race-who-can-raise-big-dough/article/2525485

  • Pingback: Vox Populi » District Digest: Of murderers and mayoral candidates

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    Thanks sticktoyourguns for sharing that Washington Examiner article. I see why Bowser don't respond to most of constituents. She feels, she doesn't need them because she gets the big bucks from coroprate donors and special interest groups. Muriel Bowser is another Adrian Fenty in a skirt. I'm not voting for this young woman. Politics is so corrupt.

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat
  • michelle jones

    BLACK PEOPLE, please google this

    Unethical human experimentation in the United States

    Bowser would be that enemy involved also.

  • Ward4

    Muriel Bowser is honest, harworking, and a 1st rate councilmmeber. Everytime I have contacted her or her office I've gotten real results! I will be voting for Councilmember Bowser!

  • muriel lover

    Hey guys. This lady is the definition of empty suit. She is counting on a hope and prayer that folks won't discover how dumb she is prior to the primary. She has no significant accomplishment to her name and she wants to win the job through default. Oh by the way, she has stacked up her office with caucasian staff despite the city being full of black professionals looking for work.She thinks that surrounding hereself with white staff will conceal her dumbness.

...