Palisades Parade Kicks Off Election Season
Moving next year's primary to April may have lessened the impact of the Palisades Parade, the traditional kick-off for D.C.'s election season, but the politicians still came out yesterday. Below, the highlights:
Best Candy: LL can't tell you the results of the Democratic primary for mayor, but in the crucial stuff-to-hand-out category, Jack Evans has already won. While Muriel Bowser's entourage handed out flags and Mayor Vince Gray gave away beads, Evans' group arrived with huge sacks of name-brand candy. Flags are nice, but nothing gets the kids cheering for some random politician like Snickers.
Best Stickers: Whoever is making Wells' campaign stickers is going to have a very good 2013, LL suspects. Wells' supporters wore rainbow stickers promoting a "livable, walkable, danceable" Washington at the Capital Pride parade, but yesterday they opted for red, white, and blue stickers and a new slogan: "Celebrating a Livable, Walkable Fourth of July."
Best Fringe Candidate: Perennial office-seeker Calvin Gurley, still riding high off afterearning 57,000 votes against Phil Mendelson in November's election for chairman, says he will run once again. But judging by the banner Gurley inexplicably set up in front of the post-parade party, you'd think he already has the gig.
Best Frenemies: Mary Cheh and fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe, spotted chatting by the Masons hot dog tables just three days after she called for his resignation. Ellerbe was just as diplomatic with LL, saying only that Cheh is entitled to her opinion.
Photos by Will Sommer