Loose Lips

Morning Clicks

Anita Bonds, winner. [Post]

Elissa Silverman defies and mocks skeptics, sets herself up nicely for another run. [LL, Post]

Pat Mara didn't do so well. [LL]

Harry Jaffe can't find any of Vince Gray's true believers. [Examiner]

Tony Williams wants public/private "infrastructure bank" for D.C. [WBJ]

Mark Plotkin says white candidates split vote. [Fox5]

Budget autonomy is the District's, if Congress says so. [LL]

 

 

  • Actually

    Next up: Charles Allen v. Elissa Silverman for next year's Ward 6 council race!

    And Mary Cheh v. Matt Frumin for Ward 3!

  • tony

    It's a good day for black Washingtonians.

  • Lukas

    @Actually

    I doubt either of those happen.

  • noodlez

    SO ALL THE WHITE FOLKS VOTED FOR THE WHITE FOLKS IN WARDS 1, 2 AND 3 AND NO ONE IS POINTING THAT OUT?

    CHOCOLATE CITY STILL STANDS STRONG!

  • tony

    @noodlez, yes sir!

  • Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.

    Tony - you and I agree most of the time on political issues and race relations in DC. However, I am happy Silverman lost and very unhappy Anita Bonds won. Most of these Black politrickians including President Obama have used Black people for their vote's and have ignored their agenda's to improve their live's in America. I don't have a problem voting for a non-black politician that will represent folks without race being an issue. These Black politricksians like Bonds' will help no one execpt for the the status quo. It is a sad day for Black people in DC with Bonds on the DC Council - why should we be happy
    with a do nothing politricksian like Bonds. Black voter's derserve better than Bonds.

  • tony

    @Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr., Anita was the only viable choice for blacks in the race. When voting you must make a decision based on the field of candidates and that's what we did.

    Yes, Anita may represent that status quo but every candidate in that race was tied to the establishment. And in most cases, all “credible” candidates are tied to the establishment in some way.

    So don't believe that talk about a candidate being an "outsider". And don't believe all that talk about "change". There are people going around the black community talking about change. Yet, these are the same black folks who supported establishment candidates like Elissa Silverman and Tommy Wells.

    And remember how Fenty got into office. He was young, fresh and represented "change". And we saw what happen.

    Be careful, my brother.

  • sc

    @tony -

    how can you say that Elissa (or Zukerberg, for that matter) was an "establishment" candidate. she was a first-time candidate, with no party or corporate funding. she was about as grassroots as you get.

  • Wrack

    Seconded.

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    Tony, RealDC, and of course NOODLEZ:
    Y'all are my people!! I agree mostly what y'all say on here. It is a great day for black washingtonians today! Now we can address affrodable housing, Rent control, crime, job training programs, ex offender programs, Youth empowerment programs, summer jobs, afterschool year round programs for youth. MYOPIC LITTLE TWITS ARE SO SAD TODAY! Never underestimate the power of Anita Bonds and the Blacks the city!
    One city! In the words of Nene Leakes..."BLOOP!"

  • tony

    @sc, Elissa's professional and political background is rooted in her involvement with the media and the political establishment.

    While Elissa contends that she was not influenced by corporate donations and/or the power structures, I maintain otherwise. Her campaign accepted donations from individuals who are/were of the power structure. Her campaign sought and was granted the endorsement of the Washington City Paper, which is part of the power structure. Her campaign sought and received the logistical support from the former Mayor's political operatives. She works for the D.C. fiscal Policy Institute which is a political think tank.

    Moreover, grassroots candidates are generally “regular” folks who are selected by everyday people to run for public office to serve as an advocate for some specific cause. Grassroots candidates generally have very little if any political experiences and/or connections. Again, they are everyday folks who surfaces to the public spotlight as a result of some particular social or political event.

    Elissa did not just surface to the public spotlight. Rather, she has been part of the Washington establishment for many years.

    However, I believe that she has a bright future in D.C. politics.

    Ps. I am heading to Florida for much needed rest. So, no more comments from me.

  • Typical DC BS

    Anita Bonds - the best that DC can come up with? Reflects just how corrupt this city's political establishment is. Someday it's poorest, stupidest citizens will wake up, but it won't be anytime soon.

  • Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.

    Tony - you made some very good points and I have to agree with you on the majority of point's you made. Thank you. Enjoy Florida my mother is from there.

  • ibeenbeinghere

    I agree with Tony and Noodlez. I live it Ward 8. I can't tell you how happy I am that after 45 years of living in government-provided housing, lacking any meaningful labor skills, and raising 3 boys and 2 girls from 4 separate daddies, that another black democrat has been elected to the council. This year, unlike all the others, will be different. This year, the poor people East of the River will get more benefits and become self-sufficient productive citizens and turn away from their life of crime and indolence. Thank goodness all the black people voted for a black person. We are so much smarter than the man gives us credit for. One City!

  • Who Am I Voting

    All this racial arguments are counterproduction and counterfactual.

    To buy this malarky of voting only solely on the color line--you owuld have to ignore DC voting pattern, of strong wins for Mendelson, Catania, and recently David Grosso in majority black precints even with the presence of a black candidate.

    The reality is people were so busy making the case of why the other guy sucked...no one made a case for what they could/would do for the city. And in the end, people made a choice on the least of the evils. Poll an Anita Bonds voter....they will say things like...at least we know she is competent.

    That question of competence became evident that maybe a the two main challengers seem a little emotionally unready to hold public office in the days leading up to the election. Who emails such bad news? And who leaks personal conversations?

    And as for Mara, Republicans around the country have less and less of an opportunity, why in this bastion of Democratic politics and a year after such a bitterly divided election did he think he would have enough votes, is beyond me.

    I disagree with Seagreaves had anyone of them really invested in personal branding they would have had a greater advantage.

  • noodlez

    HEY ALL YALL NEW WHITE FOLK TO D.C. WELCOME.
    NOW FIND YOUR PLACE, KNOW YOUR PLACE AND EMBRACE.
    OR GO THE FUCK BACK HOME.

    TO ALL THE OLD SCHOOL NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN WHITEY’S STILL GRUMPY AND BITTER SINCE 1967 DON’T BE MAD YOUR TIME WILL COME WHEN BLACK FOLK ALLOW IT.

    BE PATIENT. WE WERE!!!

    WE HAD 43 STRAIGHT TERMS OF WHITE MEN RUNNING THIS COUNTRY AND THERE WASN'T A PEEP FROM WHITE FOLKS ABOUT WHITES VOTING FOR WHITES IN DROVES. HOWEVA WHEN ANITA BONDS MAKES A TRUTHFUL STATEMENT THAT IS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT YALL CHUMPS ARE UP IN ARMS CALLING FOLK RACIST.

    THEN YOU GOT BITCH BOYS LIKE MARA COMIN UP IN HERE WITH HIS FAKE ASS REDUMBLICAN BULLSHIT TRYIN TO PLAY EVERYBODY. GO BACK TO RHODE ISLAND SLIM WE DONT WANT YOUR KIND HERE!

    ONE CITY OF CHOCOLATE!

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    @ NOODLEZ I AGREE 100%

    WINNERS OF 2013 SPECIAL ELECTION:
    BONDS: MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU! SUCH A NICE LADY WHO CARES ABOUT THE PEOPLE!! SHE WILL FIGHT FOR affrodable housing, Rent control, crime, job training programs, ex offender programs, Youth empowerment programs, summer jobs, afterschool year round programs for youth.

    BLACK POLITICAL POWER:
    DON'T CALL IT A COME BACK. WE SHOWED THAT WE STILL GOT THE JUICE! WE STILL NEED FRIENDLY WHITE PROGRESSIVES(CHEH, GRAHAM,MENDELSON) FROM TIME TO TIME TO PASS A PEOPLE'S AGENDA.THERE VOTES MAKE UP FOR THE LOSS OF FAKE PROGRESSIVE WELLS, GRUSSO, AND FAKE BLACK WOMAN BOWSER. NOW IS THE TIME TO DISCUSS THE NEEDS OF WARDS 5,7, 8.

    SILVERMAN: I ACTUALLY HOPE SHE TAKES OUT WELLS IN W6! SHE IS MORE LIBERAL THAN WELLS. WELLS IS AN CONSERVATIVE DEM

    LOSERS:

    WASHINGTON POST:
    CITY PAPER ENDORSEMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN POST. NOBODY GIVE A FUCK WHO THE POST ENDORSES.
    POST ENDORSED FENTY...HE LOST
    POST ENDORSED TIM DAY IN WARD 5 LAST YEAR...HE CAME IN 4TH...*4TH*
    POST ENDORSEMENT MEANS YOU WILL SURLY LOSE AND IT IS THE KISS OF DEATH.

    VOTER TURN OUT:
    WARD 8 HAD ONLY 4% TURN OUT CITY AVERAGE WAS 9.76% ANITA COULD HAVE WON BY MUCH MORE THEN WHAT SHE CURRENTLY HAS. BLACK ESTABLISHMENT TAKE NOTE TURN OUR PEOPLE OUT IN HIGHER NUMBERS NEXT TIME!!

    AND LASTLY
    MARA: ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES A BAMA!

  • truth hurts

    Once,twice, three times a bamma (not bama).

  • NE John

    Reminds me of the old Mackin HS cheer:

    Beep Beep
    Boom Boom
    Ungawa
    Black Powa

  • Diane B.

    You go Lady Bonds!

  • DCVoter

    Well following her petulant and petty "thanks" email to supporters, I think Silverman's future may not be as bright as people think.

  • You Mad

    Silverman lost, point blank runner up doesn't mean a damn thing. I wish LL would stop trying to make her situation bigger than what it is.

    I understand small steps lead to the bigger victory, but saying she has a bright future for politics is complete BS. Remember she is a journalist for the other establishment. She is just as bad as a politician.

  • southeast lady

    Mahidi, Yoo, I am as sick of Black politicians as I am of White politicians, including Obama! (I like his wife, Michelle, ok). Anyway, the status quo stills rein with these politicians, both local and national.

    The local Afro-american politicians are looking out for their group, not the working poor or poor. The national Afro-american politicians are looking out for themselves and established Whites.

    What is a mid-lower income citizen to do, we are caught in the middle.

    However, no more Tribal votes for me with Obama.

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