Loose Lips

Andy Shallal Vs. LL

The District's mayoral candidates didn't hold back at last night's first mayoral debate, going after one another over their positions on electing an attorney general and hiking the minimum wage hike. For his closing remarks, though, Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal chose another target: LL.

"I would admonish the media to sort of tone it down a little bit when it comes to how they report about this stuff," Shallal says. "Sensationalism sells papers, but it doesn't make for a good democracy. This is to you, Will Sommer, I just want to tell you."

After the debate, Shallal told a baffled LL that he was referring to a blog post LL wrote about the candidate with "dump" in the headline. If Washington City Paper is getting this slimy half a year before the primary, how much could uglier could this race get by April? "I don't want to feel like a piece of shit," Shallal says.

The restaurateur's shout-out earned LL a few compliments after the debate, but it also left LL feeling a little like Jimmy Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. He was earning all his notoriety for someone else's work!

That's because LL hasn't written any posts about Shallal with the word "dump" in the headline or anywhere else (take a look). Instead, Shallal appears to be referring to this edition of our District Line Daily newsletter by WCP staff writer Perry Stein, which is headlined "Mayoral Dump." That's as in "a dump of mayoral news" about hopefuls like Shallal and Vincent Orange, not a landfill (or worse?) of mayoral candidates.

Confusion aside, LL has to thank Shallal for providing everyone with a reminder to sign up for District Line Daily. You never know when it will come up, totally unprompted, at a mayoral debate.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Lane

    That's some awfully thin skin for someone who wants to be Mayor of DC.

  • DumpBusboys&aPoet

    Dump the horrible food at Bus Boys & no Poets and the lame ducksoupy dude Andy Shallal for his unspicy dish to the voters.

  • Chris hauser

    3.5%, tops, but he'll finish ahead of orange.

    'i suggest mr shallal make public his employees pay scales, benefits etc.

  • SEis4ME

    He's right, the media does need to town it down a bit. But his example of such reeks of having the skin of a dish sponge.

    And if he doesn't want to feel like a piece of shyt then he might want to drop out because that's exactly what his opponents (+ their supporters) and the media will surely do.

    Welcome to politics!

  • Norma Desmond

    This from someone who decries "gentrification" from his perch at 14th and U buoyed by his support from Rock Newman and his ties to Michael Brown. These incongruities are glaring even to someone of such dull capabilities and capacity for hard work and actual research.

    I find a restauranteur who has exhibited an absolute inability to produce one decent meal over so many years of being in business not credible. I mean, have you ordered food at Eatonville? The mere thought of it makes me shudder.

  • shameful

    A man who dishes out crap, pilfers for his own profits, and doesn't care for the people he serves - sounds like a great resume for mayor.

  • Ward One Resident

    Well, to be fair, while Shallal's comment may have been misplaced, the D.C. media corps is awfully full of itself.

  • RealDC

    WTf is Shallal talking about ?

    You chose to run for Mayor. If you can't take the heat, then get out of..... he knows the rest.
    Look Mr. Restaurant-Coffee Shop, don't whine now. You chose to do this, NOBODY asked you to run.
    Running for Mayor is a full contact sport.....suck it up!

    Also, Bowser is just clueless....damn, ward 4, is that all you got? LOL. Is there anybody else in ward 4 that can represent them on the council. If you close eyes you would think Bowser was a blonde trophy piece. Her responses were on a 4th grade level, not some body who has been in office for 6 years. Just put a star on her forehead and send her home....
    " good job today, Muriel and tomorrow we are going to discuss your favorite color....". Its painfully hearing her discuss her record and no vision. The Fenty green team is back for another run but their "dog" this time can't hunt. SMH.

    At this rate, VO will win Ward 4!! Watch

  • Smh

    Please pass this man a box of tissues, smh

  • DC John

    As one of the two DC members of METRO's Board of Directors, what has she done to help the Red Line?

  • Weezie

    At least he's created his own campaign moniker Andy "Mayoral Dump" Shallal from an otherwise forgettable post - we may have the reporter's favorite for the democratic mayoral primary #mayoraldump

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