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Mayoral Power Rankings: Week 2

A week after mayoral power rankings debuted, we still have terrible weather. But there's no reason to be chilly to the new round of power rankings. 

Murial

1. Muriel Bowser

What: Bowser pulled off a surprise win in the Ward 8 straw poll.

Why: Does LL trust the Bowser campaign's claim that they're nearly even with Vince Gray? Nope. But Bowser out-hustled the mayor on his home turf, turning an awesome week for Gray into a pretty good week for Gray.

Power Rankings Momentum: Rising.

2. Vince GrayGray (1)

What: Gray avoided the public-relations woes of ineffective snowstorm response, then he got knocked around by Jack Evans.

Why: Gray's still the favorite to win in April, but his requests to stop talking about his last campaign, displayed in all their shiftiness in a Washington Post interview transcript, are starting to grow tired.

Power Rankings Momentum: Falling.

Jack3. Jack Evans

What: Trash-talking mayoral hopeful Evans said Gray's evasiveness on when he found about the shadow campaign reminds him of Richard Nixon. Which would make Vernon Hawkins....G. Gordon Liddy?

Why: Evans' WAMU appearance Friday finally saw him putting distance between himself and the mayor, with Evans articulating his "Vince Gray without the scandals" platform better than he ever has.

Power Rankings Momentum: Rising.

 4. Vincent Orange

Orange (1)

What: Orange started the week with an oddly timed black-tie kick-off—who wants to eat dinner at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday? Then he finished it demanding to see the unreleased Office of Campaign Finance report on Gray's last campaign, which is presumably still sitting, Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark-style, in some D.C. government vault.

Why: Orange's own Jeff Thompson issues and general antics make him an imperfect vessel for ethics reform, but darned if LL isn't glad he asked for the report.

Power Rankings Momentum: Rising.

5. Tommy WellsWells (1)

What: LL struggled to think of something to say for Wells this week. Which is exactly the problem! Maybe next Wednesday's candidate forum will change that.

Why: Wells' crew did wear coordinated scarves to the straw poll, though.

Power Rankings Momentum: Falling.

ZZZZ6. Andy Shallal

What: He's famous! Shallal nabbed a profile in lefty mag The Nation this week that painted him as a little bit Bill de Blasio, a little bit Michael Bloomberg.

Why: If collecting TMZ "'Memba Them?"-level celebrities counted on Election Day, Shallal would already be spinning around in the mayor's chair. Shallal's latest celeb pal: "Puff the Magic Dragon" writer Peter Yarrow, who's appearing at a Shallal fundraiser next week.

Power Rankings Momentum: Falling.

ZZZZ27. Reta Lewis

What: Lewis dipped into the viral economy this week, burning the other candidates with a shareable graphic dissing her rivals for being...elected for a long time.

Why: LL's not sure if pointing out how much experience Lewis' opponents have is the best plan.

Power Rankings Momentum: Planet Hillary-dependent.

Honorable Mentions

Christian Carter, for bowing out as gracefully as someone whose campaign started with people calling him a deadbeat can. Rapper/self-proclaimed mayor Carlos Allen, whose ubiquitous Metrobus ad campaign will help fund the Silver Line. The burning ambition of David Catania.

Did LL get it wrong? Send your alternate power rankings to lips@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Photos by Darrow Montgomery

  • SEis4ME

    Are you suggesting that "ethics" have no place in our assessment of our Mayoral candidates?

    I try to be rather clear in stating my positions. I said that voters are able to decide for ourselves the reasons to or not to support someone. What makes you now question whether I believe ethics is important at all could likely be rooted in your decision to not deal w/the arguments as presented.

    Gray's conduct is relevant...mostly to those who would use it as justification for why they wouldn't support him.

    Outside of your laser focus on the 2010 election, I've yet to see you write about anything to back up your assertion that he's been an ineffective mayor. I look forward to reading your criticisms here.

    Further, I don't have a "white or black" preference. What I do have is a "candidate" one. My candidate is Gray..who happens to be black. I'm not sure why you would expect me to consider those other than the candidate I'm clearly behind. If Gray is indicted and forced to drop out, I will vote for Evans.

    But again, I look forward to you clearly articulating your reasons for believing Gray has been an ineffective Mayor.

    #Thanks

  • stick2yourguns

    when are we gonna stop voting for folks just because they have hired people to knock on our doors or you meet them ONLY during election time? I say this especially to those on the council who are running because out of them the only ones I know who venture outside of their wards are Evans & Wells...which is sad....the 2 white guys have crossed their ward lines but Bowser hasn't....what does that say about her, well I will tell you that means
    1. she doesn't know your problems in your ward
    2. she doesn't know your crime issues, schools, parent, teacher or student issues
    3. she is using you for a vote
    4. she has never helped you before
    5. she won't know how to help you since she doesn't understand your problems in the first place
    6. everybody running for mayor SHOULDN'T BE mayor

  • schoolman

    SEis4ME:

    As a initial matter, I have read your comments for weeks and this is the first time you have stated that you are voting for Gray. That is why I asked you why you didn't mention the other candidates (Catania, Evans).

    Your suggestion that my concern regarding Gray's 2010 election conduct is either misplaced or irrelevant is absurd. This entire city is sick and tired of corruption and the related issues. If he is indicted, he will be forced to withdraw. If the investigation is not completed before the election, and he is elected, the matter will hang over the city until the investigation is completed. If he is elected, and is indicted afterwards, he will be removed from office. Get my point! Furthermore, he is still refusing to be forthcoming - last week his asserted that he didn't know about the shadow campaign. His own campaign manager stated that he told him and given all the other related facts, his declaration defies all reason.

    Your assertion, that the concerns of those who are still focused on the 2010 issue are misplaced, is absurd!

  • noodlez

    LOVE HOW WILLY EARL IS FEEDING THE ANTI MAYOR GRAY FOLK FALSE HOPE WITH HIS BIASED AND HYPERBOLE LACED SUBMISSIONS!

    BOWSER GAGGED ON THE MAYOR FOR THE EASTSIDE AND KILLED THE MOOD. THERE IS NO WAY SHE WON THE WEEK AND SHE COULDN'T GET A RISE IN THE POWER RANKINGS EVEN IF SHE USED BOTH HANDS.

  • Will Sommer

    @Noodlez

    Please submit your alternate power rankings

  • HUAlum71

    Noodlez: PLEASE DO AND REPEAT EVERY WEEK THEREAFTER.

    LL/MM: What happened to my comments you sent to Moderation Hell? Were they too on point in exposing the weak attempt to sabotage the Mayor?

  • SEis4ME

    @School, I have said here before that Evans is my 2nd option if Gray goes down. There has been no point during our back and forth where an "alternative" (who wasn't Bowser) was even part of the discussion.

    Your suggestion that my concern regarding Gray's 2010 election conduct is either misplaced or irrelevant is absurd.

    No, your deflection is absurd because that's CLEARLY not what I said. Remember when I said I try to be clear in stating my positions? Well here we go again. I said that what happened before Gray was elected matter will matter "mostly to those who're looking for reasons NOT to support him." The fact that you read that and interpreted it to mean that your concern is misplaced or irrelevant is indeed absurd. Like..very absurd.

    Not surprisingly, you fail to present an obvious hypothetical. If he is reelected and not indicted, then we have to decide whether it's more important to judge him on his record as Mayor or what happened before he was first elected.

    BTW, I'm still waiting for your clear, articulated reasons for concluding that Gray has been ineffective.

  • SEis4ME

    And Aaron's ranking make almost perfect sense had he not suggested Gray is "falling" while citing the "win" he had in the polls.

    We have to realize that there wasn't a lotta Mayoral "news" going on. So Bowser's upset actually WAS the hottest topic of the week because it was so unexpected.

  • schoolman

    SEis4ME:

    You Wrote: "did .. what happened before Gray was elected matter will matter "mostly to those who're looking for reasons NOT to support him."

    I reasonably interpreted your statement to mean that the people concerned about his prior campaign did not have a legitimate reason for doing so. Again you wrote " ...
    matter .. to those who're looking for reasons NOT to support him." I have read your statement over and over and I came to the only interpretation I could possibly come to. Your are saying that those concerned about the campaign are looking for a reason NOT to support him - this clearly says that in your opinion their concerns are unfounded. THAT IS THE ONLY REASONABLE INTEPRETATION OF YOUR STATEMENT. YOU SAID IT, OWN IT. DONT TRY TO DEFLECT SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU PUT YOU FOOT DOWN YOUR OWN THROAT.

    Would you please identify article, and the # of your previous comment, when you stated that you were a Gray supporter and that Evans was your second choice?

    Would you please clearly articulate your reasons for supporting Gray?

    SEis4ME, take your time and think about what you are writing. Your arguments aren't making sense.

  • SEis4ME

    Mostly: Adverb defined as a word: used to say that a statement you are making is true or correct at most times or that it describes a usual situation or condition. : almost all or almost completely

    Had I said that the only people who are concerned about 2010 rather than most of those then I could understand why you would believe I suggested that no one had a a justifiable reason for their concern. Fortunately tho, every single person here can see what I wrote..despite your mischaracterizations otherwise.

    Yes, I AM suggesting that MOST of those concerned about 2010 are looking for a reason NOT to support him in the first place. I believe there is only a small number of those who are "on the fence" w/their support because they're concerned about 2010. You don't seem on the fence at all which is why it's reasonable to place you squarely w/in the ranks of those who have no interest in supporting him either way.

    No! I will not go back and provide proof of something previously stated if for no other reason than it's completely irrelevant. To the extent you don't believe it (which is clear), I can't honestly state that I care much.

    Wait, did you just ask me to do what I've asked of you at least three times now? So your response highlighting Gray's ineffectiveness is to turn around and ask me the question in reverse? Wow! The good thing is that EVERYONE here can attest to your obvious deflection.

  • SEis4ME

    But since I actually DO believe in being responsive.

    1. Oversaw the successful upgrade of our bond rating.
    2. Successfully managed coordinating w/other jurisdictions during big ticket events like the Inauguration, World Bank Protests and others
    3. Successfully managed city services (trash, snow removal etc)
    4. WalMart
    5. Oversaw the uptick in DCPS ratings
    6. Continued build out of complete streets infrastructure
    7. Successfully negotiated a deal so DC won't be beholden to Cong in the event of another shutdown

    I could go on but this are just a few....

    Now back to your list of Gray inefficiencies

  • schoolman

    SEis4M:

    Again, please identify the pervious comment when you stated that you were in support of Mayor Gray and that Evans was your second choice. I don't recall reading it.

    Also, are you an employee of the District Government?

  • schoolman

    SEis4M:

    You believe that there are only a FEW people on the fence because of the 2010 campaign issue? Please. Where have you been? Not withstanding the non-ending concerns expressed by citizens throughout this city, the most respected political commentators in this region think otherwise. And I certainly agree with them.

  • schoolman

    SEis4ME:

    Saw your list ... in other words, he has done nothing.

  • neo/dino

    LL if you don't stop with the schoolman ranting and raving, I will stop checking this blog until there is another LL. And I'll take the groups of co-retirees who check it with me.

    We probably won't make a dent, but from what I've been reading lately, you probably invented schoolman because you get so few comments compared to the other LL's.

    No moderation THAT, So I'll know what I'm beginning to believe is true.

  • schoolman

    neo/dino:

    I have read your postings for a number of months. You have consistently made comments that could easily be considered offensive and rude - you don't come across as the sensitive type to me. You are in no position to complain about comments posted by me. This lead me to legitimately question your motivations, particularly when considering that you support Mayor Gray. Who are you to sensor someone else, when you so freely express your views?

    The right to free speech, and the freedom of the press, is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

    Many well respected political commentators describe the District as the most corrupt governments in the U.S. - For example, read Colby King. I am not alone when I say that, "I am sick and tired of it!" I don't have the vocabulary to sufficiently express how this governments actions, and lack of such, have negatively impacted upon my community and my household.

    It appears that your motives are to suppress my clear and consistent message - its time for the corruption to come to an end! Your motive is clear, particularly when considering that if offended, you are free to cease reading my postings. That is a very simple and straightforward solution. But no, you chosen to ask LL to suppress my message and my right to free speech on a blog specifically intended for that purpose.

    I think that the readers and LL gets my point!

  • schoolman

    neo/dino:

    My views are my own. They have not been prompted or sanctioned by LL in any way.

    NOW UNDERSTAND THIS FUNDAMENTAL POINT:

    I am Black and compelled to express that: WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT THE UNLAWFUL CONDUCT OF ELECTED OFFICIALS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK.

  • noodlez

    YOU HAVE TO KNOCK THE CHAMP OUT!
    YOU CAN’T OUT POINT THE CHAMP AND RELY ON RING DOCTOR (MACHEN) TO STOP THE FIGHT

    THE REAL MAYORAL RANKINGS
    1. MAYOR GRAY-YOU CAN’T RISE HIGHER THAN NUMBER 1
    2. EVANS-RISING:TO HIS LAMP POLE SIGNAGE HEIGHT
    3. BOWSER-STALLED:U CAN’T PUSH THE PULL DOOR;INTELLIGENCE MATTERS
    4. SHALLAL-STALLED:GOT AN ITCH HE CAN’T SCRATCH HIS ARMS TOO SHORT
    5. WELLS-FALLING:SHOULD CHANGE NAME TO FELLS HE NEEDS A LIFE ALERT
    6. ORANGE-STALLING WHILE FALLING:STOPPING OFF AT C RATED BOXING MATCHES AT STAR PLEX WHILE MAKING STUPID REQUESTS OF MAYOR GRAY AIN'T GONNA GET
    7. LEWIS-FALLING: YO RITA JO DC HAD ITS SHARE OF WOMEN WITH 3 NAMES RUNNING THIS CITY

    HONORABLE MENTION RACE: MAYOR FOR LIFE VS. GAYTANIA WHO WOULDN'T LOVE TO SEE THE DEBATE AND ZINGERS. I GOT M.F.L. IN A LANDSLIDE!

  • drez

    Gray will not get more than 20-25% of the vote.
    The only way he wins is in a crowded field.
    If you want a Democrat as mayor, pick an electable alternative- one that can draw support from all over the city.
    That looks more and more like it has to be Muriel.
    This is all pretty obvious and intuative stuff.

  • neo/dino

    OMGosh, did drez let the possibility of a Gray win slip from his lips????? It won't matter HOW he wins, drez, it just matters that he WILL. Glad to hear you have enough sense to know that he CAN in spite of your obsessive compulsion to hold onto all things Fenty.

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