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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

Comments

  1. 16th Street Heights Ward 4
    #1

    Muriel Bowser will not win the mayoral race because she's an immature individual lacking people skills. Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and her staff have been non responsive to me and others regarding constituent services. Constituent services in the Ward 4 Councilmember's office is abysmal. If you piss Muriel off, she will ignore you and write you off. This is dumb on Muriel's part because I'm a registered active voter and you don't write voters off. A good politician wouldn't write off voters regardless. Muriel is immature and this young woman need to grow up.

    Active D.C. Ward 4 Voter

  2. #2

    Readers:

    GRAY IS CAUGHT "BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE."

    The investigation of Mayor Gray by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is hanging over Gray's head like a dark cloud that just won't go away. Since announcing his candidacy Gray has repeatedly prompted the public to "move on." But it appears that large segments of the population, myself included, just don't believe that he didn't know about the illegal shadow campaign.

    Notwithstanding the fact that the investigation is pending; the news media, for good reason, has relentlessly hounded Gray regarding the campaign and he hasn't provided a response that makes sense to the media or the people. His response that, "I didn't know about it" simply isn't cutting it.

    In my opinion, Fenty was a tyrant and many wanted him replaced by whatever means necessary. But lets face it, unfortunately what Gray's campaign did was illegal and it has been disclosed. This disclosure should not, and is not, being considered in a "vacuum" but rather, in the overall context of the prevailing theme of corruption that has plagued this city for far too long.

    There are segments of the EOTR population what wouldn't really care about the campaign violations issue if Gray had done more to address their specific needs.
    Unfortunately, many in that group simply don't believe that he has done enough to spur economic development EOTR,
    as he promised during his 2010 campaign, and the campaign violations issue is like salt in an open wound - a wound caused by broken promises.

    I believe that many Blacks are apprehensive about voting for a White candidate. But, the District's population has changed dramatically since 2010 and today, White account for nearly 50% of the population. And let's face it, it is highly unlikely that Whites will be loyal to Gray simply because he's Black. The population, as a whole, has grown weary of corruption.

    Again, Gray's declaration that he didn't know about the shadow campaign simply isn't cutting it. He's caught between a "rock and a hard place." If he comes clean and acknowledges that he knew, it may encourage and indictment. If he continues to claim that he didn't know, the public will continue to have good cause to question his legitimately question his credibility and trustworthiness.

    Plainly put, regardless of whether Machen indicts him or not, his reputation has been irrevocably tarnished.

    Painful as it may be it's time for Blacks, myself included, to set aside our prejudices. It's time that we accept the fact that our "chocolate city" is no longer chocolate.

    This culture of corruption must end by whatever means necessary - NOW. If we support a Black candidate, let's do so because the candidate has demonstrated his/her commitment to upholding District law with honor and integrity.

  3. #3

    the election is between the top three, start the probability engines.

  4. #4

    @Schoolman:

    I can appreciate your effort(s) to enlighten the citizens of this great city. That said, oftentimes your sound, and thought provoking commentary, unfortunately, falls upon deaf ears. Whenever a Chairman of the city's Democratic Party and a sitting councilmember declare that "D.C. will N-E-V-E-R elect a Republican as mayor, you must realize that the state of politics in this city is rather pathetic, to put it mildly.

    What the powers-that-be are actually saying, directly as well as indirectly is they would rather have a corrupt, unqualified Black in the position as opposed to a very qualified and effective white Republican, period! So given a choice between, let's say a Carol Schwartz and an Yvette Alenxander, whom do you thing the folks in good 'ole "Chocolate City" would vote for?

  5. #5

    "The investigation of Mayor Gray by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is hanging over Gray's head like a dark cloud that just won't go away".

    It's for Machen to either shit or get of the pot.

  6. #6

    "The investigation of Mayor Gray by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is hanging over Gray's head like a dark cloud that just won't go away".

    It's for Machen to either shit or get off the pot.

  7. #7

    "The investigation of Mayor Gray by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is hanging over Gray's head like a dark cloud that just won't go away".

    It's time for Machen to either shit or get of the pot.

  8. #8

    It's time for Gray and Thompson to stop obstructing the federal investigation, and order their surrogates to do likewise.

  9. #9

    I like the dismembered head trend

  10. #10

    THE GRAY'S EXPRESS TRAIN IS ROLLING STEAM FULL AHEAD!

    HATERS GET OUT THE WAY! HATERS GET OUT THE WAY!

    BONK!! BONK!!

  11. #11

    @SCHOOLMAN,

    I TOOK YOUR SPEECH AND MADE SOME CORRECTIONS. NOW IT SOUNDS MUCH BETTER AND PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT YOU WAS REALY TRYING TO SAY.

    NO NEED TO THANK ME. IT WAS MY PLEASURE, ANYTIME.

    The investigation of JIM GRAHAM by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is hanging over Jim Graham like a dark cloud that just won't go away. Since announcing his candidacy GRHAAM has repeatedly prompted the public to "move on." But it appears that large segments of the population, myself included, just don't believe that he didn't know about the illegal shadow campaign.

    Notwithstanding the fact that the investigation is pending; the news media, for good reason, has relentlessly hounded GRAHAM regarding the campaign and he hasn't provided a response that makes sense to the media or the people. His response that, "I didn't know about it" simply isn't cutting it.

    In my opinion, Fenty was a tyrant and many wanted him replaced by whatever means necessary. But lets face it, unfortunately what EVAN'S campaign did was illegal and it has been disclosed. This disclosure should not, and is not, being considered in a "vacuum" but rather, in the overall context of the prevailing theme of corruption that has plagued this city for far too long.

    There are segments of the WOTR population what wouldn't really care about the campaign violations issue if EVANS had done more to address their specific needs.
    Unfortunately, many in that group simply don't believe that he has done enough to spur economic development EOTR,
    as he promised during his 2010 campaign, and the campaign violations issue is like salt in an open wound - a wound caused by broken promises.

    I believe that many WHITES are apprehensive about voting for a BLACK candidate. But, the District's population has changed dramatically since 2010 and today, White account for nearly 50% of the population. And let's face it, it is highly likely that Whites will be loyal to EVANS simply because he's WHITE. The population, as a whole, has grown weary of corruption.

    Again, GRAHAM'S declaration that he didn't know about [THINGS] simply isn't cutting it. He's caught between a "rock and a hard place." If he comes clean and acknowledges that he knew, it may encourage and indictment. If he continues to claim that he didn't know, the public will continue to have good cause to question his legitimately question his credibility and trustworthiness.

    Plainly put, regardless of whether Machen indicts him or not, his reputation has been irrevocably tarnished.

    Painful as it may be it's time for whites, myself included, to set aside our prejudices. It's time that we accept the fact that our "chocolate city" is chocolate.

    This culture of corruption must end by whatever means necessary - NOW. If we support a WHITE candidate, let's do so because the candidate has demonstrated his/her commitment to upholding District law with honor and integrity.

  12. #12

    Tony:

    So you have a sense of humor. I have to admit, that move was creative.

    I hate to sound "uniformed" but who is Graham?

  13. #13

    Tony:

    Do you mean Jim Graham, the Councilmember? I didn't know he was a candidate.

    I changed my mind ... your stunt was tacky. At least you could have corrected the typo's in my original.

    The clown has arrive!!!

  14. #14

    JIM GRAHAM--WARD ONE.

    HE'S A WHITE CROOK. NOW GET HIM!

    SAVE US! SAVE OUR GREAT CITY!

    WAITING....

  15. #15

    @schoolman,

    oh come on Mr. Advocate!

    Jim Graham is running for re-election. He's a candidate, elected official and crook. Man, I know you can do some things with that. I know for sure.

    Also, you also have Jack Evans to beat up on. He stayed ensnarled in conflict of interest allegations for years. And, just like Graham, he's a candidate, elected official and crook.

    Now, you have all the material you need. Attack them white folks!

    I dare you.

    The world is waiting...

  16. #16

    Tony:

    Can you describe your "chocolate" city? Is it a city of law, order and justice, or is it a city of chaos and anarchy? Is it a city where Blacks are required to forfeit their dignity and self respect in order to hold a job and if not, how is it different from other southern cities which are dominated by Whites?

    Please describe your "chocolate city."

  17. #17

    @schoolman,

    Now everyone CAN see for themselves what they have in SCHOOLMAN.

    I TOLD YA'LL!

    MY WORK WITH THIS RACIST HACK IS DONE!

  18. #18

    Tony:

    I am no racist and I'm no hack. I am a proud educated Black man. Now stop running like a BITCH and answer my question:

    How is your "chocolate" city any different from southern cities dominated by White?

  19. #19

    Tony:

    I grew up in a small city further south. My father and mother were both honorable Black and proud public servants. My father was a member of the City Council. In the late 1960's he worked vigorously to have rural roads paved on the outskirts of the city. The Whites were furious.

    Late one summer afternoon, a group of Klu Klux Klan(men) were holding a rally across a highway adjacent to our community. They had planted a large white cross in the middle of a corn field. They set the cross on fire and walked around it chanting words of hatred while they chugged liquor straight out of large jugs.

    When they grew restless, they terrorized out community. They broke windows in our homes, painted KKK on our driveways, set lawns afire, etc. This happened on numerous occasions. We often saw their cars - we recognized them from town. It took me a long time to figure out why the Sherriff and his deputy always arrived after the KKK(men) had departed. "They're just good ole boys" the Sherriff said. I eventually realized that the Sheriff and his deputy were the KKK.

    Over the years, things got a bit better. But we knew full well that justice, equality, and due process was not available to us.

    I was so happy when I came of age. I earned my Master's Degree and moved to Washington, D.C. the "chocolate city" - the city with the Black Mayor.

    Now do you understand? Now can you understand why I am so disappointed in our leadership.

    Now, I ask you again: How is your "chocolate" city any different from southern cities dominated by White?

  20. #20

    Tony:

    The solutions to our problems lye beyond the borders of your "comfort zone."

  21. #21

    tony: Re #15 you're preaching to the choir with me. I stopped reading ejcoleman's posts days ago and have never regretted it.

    Once it was clear he had someone else writing his garbage,
    kicking his BITCH ass was no longer fun. From what I could gather from your #9 post, he stepped in it again and without reading his original bs, I think I got the picture of how you ran over him without so much as a BONK, BONK warning to get out of the way.

    Chickenshit didn't even see it coming.

  22. #22

    Tony:

    Gotta go with Schoolman on this one. Gray ain't done a damn thing to make things better in Ward 8 or Ward 9.
    That does not change just because is his Black.

    Plus, I didn't read that Schoolman is a Tom from his comments. It just look like you can't answer. Don't get mad because you can't answer him. You fronting man. You straight faking.

    You can't compare Evans to Gray. Evans ain't running with charges over his head. Why you mad. Gray did that to his self. He didn't have to run for reelection.

  23. #23

    Readers:

    "When our days become dreary with the low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in the universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice." Martin Luther King, Jr., Sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood, June 1965.

  24. #24

    Tony:

    The White elected officials dogged Blacks in the southern city where in grew up. I was amazed at the crimes they committed against Blacks in the name of Democracy.

    The Whites asserted that Blacks we were unfit to hold public office because we were unworthy of the public trust - they asserted that we were innately immoral.
    We prayed, and we prayed, and we prayed ... in the earnest expectation that one day we would get a change to prove to them, and to the entire world, that the despicable things they said about us were untrue.

    We knew that they themselves had committed countless despicable and immoral acts. We also knew that if and when afforded opportunities, we would be held to a higher standard. Quite frankly, I was up for the challenge because based upon their behavior, I had concluded that Blacks were better than Whites.

    I remember when our schools were integrated. Poor rural White kids were in my classes. My clothes were clean, but I could smell their dirty clothes from across the isles.

    As a child, I believed that Blacks would rise to the challenge and prove that we would govern with honor and integrity if, or when, we were afforded the opportunity. I so strongly believed this because of what Blacks had gone through.

    I think the quote goes like this, "When I was a child I thought as a child but when I became a man, I was forced to put away childish things."

    As a man, I have been forced to face an "inconvenient truth": Immorality, corruption and injustice damages people and the communities they occupy - the pain is no less sever when it is committed by a Black.

  25. #25

    TONY SOMEWHERE LICKING HIS WOUNDS. TONY? TONY?

    WHAT PART OF "CAUGHT" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? YOU STUPID?

  26. #26

    @Noodlez and RealDC,

    Schoolman is some white racist hack who is promoting himself as a black man so he can deliver his racist rants against black leaders without being called a racist. It's all a game. He then posts comments under different HANDLES to give the impression that his racist views are supported.

    It's all a political stunt!

    The idea behind this political game is to smear black politicians in hopes that such will suppress the black vote.

    THE GRAY'S EXPRESS TRAIN IS GOING FULL STEAM AHEAD!

    ...WE AIN'T STOPPING FOR NOTHING!

  27. #27

    @tony-

    schoolman is somewhere between conscientious stupidity and sincere ignorance either way F*** him!

  28. #28

    Tony:

    Why are you so afraid to address the real challenges that we are facing?

    When I first began blogging I posted comments under my real name which I stopped using after you began to call me "schoolman." I posted my e-mail address and offered to forward you documentation of my experiences (with the expired DCPS elevator licenses) as an employee for the District Government. Although many e-mail me and requested the documentation, I don't recall receiving an e-mail from you.

    I assure you that I am a Black man!

    Really think about the comments I have made. They are not racists and I can't imagine that a White man would be willing to post them.

    I'm not trying to suppress the Black vote. I'm trying to encourage people to examine the records of the candidates closely before making a selection. I am attempting to encourage voters to select a candidate that is REALLY going to spur economic growth EOTR.

    Frankly, it is likely that I will select a Black candidate. But it will not be Gray.

    Why have you failed to respond to my comments #17 and #21 above? I have noticed how you always start playing games when you can't respond to something.

    I would be interested in receiving responses from You, Noodlez, HUAlum71, DCis4ME, and other commentators to comments #17 and #21 above.

  29. #29

    @realdc,

    HA MAN!

  30. #30

    Tony:

    I assure you, I am a Black man. I noticed that you are avoiding making a substantive response to the specifics I made in comments #17 and #21 above.

    You are simply taking around what I said, and accusing me of being White because you can't intelligently respond to
    my comments. You always get off the point when you lack
    a substantive response. That is unfortunate.

  31. #31

    C-I-V-I-L-T-Y appears to be a lost art among many.

  32. #32

    LOL@Tony; get them brotha Tony.

  33. #33

    Tony:

    I assure you, I am a Black man. And I'm not trying to suppress any votes. I noticed that you didn't provide a substantive respond to comments #17 and #21.

    You are the one that is posturing. As I stated many time over, you are the "sockpuppet" employed within the D.C. Office of the City Administrator. Mayor Gray is going to great lengths to monitor this and other political Blogs.

    Again, you are attempting to draw attention away from the points I raised because you can't respond intelligently.

  34. #34

    schoolman, he speaks true, but we hope for better.

    who can rise above and show the way?

  35. #35

    THE GRAY'S EXPRESS TRAIN IS GOING FULL STEAM AHEAD!

    ...WE AIN'T STOPPING FOR NOTHING!

    ... and we mean IT!!

  36. #36

    ^done city.

  37. #37

    @Drez,

    I think you meant "CHOCOLATE CITY"!

  38. #38

    Tony:

    Whey are you refusing to describe your "chocolate city."?
    Whey is this so difficult for you?

    We have a Black President. That proves that "all" races will support an "honorable" candidate irrespective of the color of his skin. If we want a Black Mayor, which I do,
    it would be in our best interest to select a candidate that is honorable. Do you not agree?

    It's time for use to correctly identify our weaknesses so that we can develop a strategy to effectively address them. Refusing to acknowledge our weaknesses, simply because they make us uncomfortable, is not the answer..

    This ain't work for boys Tony. Does this explain why you can't handle it?

  39. #39

    tony:

    There are so many ejcoleman's it will take several trips around the track to run over all of them. Next time, don't blast the BONK! BONK!! horn; just ZAP em.

  40. #40

    Muriel is as tired as her predecessor.

  41. #41

    Gray’s Express Train swooshed past the lonely racist hack!

  42. #42

    @HUAlum71,

    That racist hack envy Mayor Gray and other successful black pols in this city.

    It's one thing to be a hater. It's another to be a hater and racist.

  43. #43

    Tony- Chocolate City, huh. Wake up, man. No one eats pure cocoa. It's simply too bitter just by itself. Chocolate is much better mixed with cream and vanilla. I like mine to also have a touch of cinnamon.
    You're a fine one to accuse others of being racist. All you ever talk about is race. You're obsessed.

  44. #44

    If we want a Black Mayor, which I do,
    it would be in our best interest to select a candidate that is honorable. Do you not agree?

    It's time for use to correctly identify our weaknesses so that we can develop a strategy to effectively address them. Refusing to acknowledge our weaknesses, simply because they make us uncomfortable, is not the answer..

    I think voters are smart enough to decide whether they should cast their vote based on how Gray got into office 4 years ago or how he's governed while in office. America embraced a man who had sex w/an intern while POTUS. America reelected a man who took us into war. Let's not really get into the "honor" discussion.

    We've already identified "our" weaknesses. Bowser, Orange, Lewis and Gray. Of those, what we now have to do is figure out who has the experience and plans to better all of DC. Hence. #OneCity

  45. #45

    IF BOWSER WINS I'M MOVING TO WARD 10

  46. #46

    Drez,

    What's wrong with "Chocolate City". It's a good thing. I mean, we do welcome others into"our" world.

    Man, some of you people are funny....lol!

    It's a beautiful day in our city.

    "this is the day the Lord has made..."

  47. #47

    Drez:

    AMEN! Cocoa is much better mixed with cream!

  48. #48

    schoolman and drez are buddies...

    hee! hee! hee!

  49. #49

    SEis4ME:

    Are you suggesting that "ethics" have no place in our assessment of our Mayoral candidates? Are you aware of the volumes of the D.C. Code and the D.C. Regulations dedicated to upholding ethics and codes of conduct?

    I believe that Gray's pre-election (2010)conduct is relevant for a number of legitimate reasons and his lack of character is evidenced in the manner in which he has led. No, I don't agree that he has a been an effective leader - And I'm going to clearly articulate this.

    Furthermore, I have not ruled out the White candidates and I believe that its time for others to do so.

    Lets not get caught up in semantics. This is a blog. We know that everyone is expressing their own opinions.

    I also noticed that you have ruled out a number of candidates including Catania and Evans. Do you care to explain why?

  50. #50

    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

  51. #51

    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

  52. #52

    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!

  53. #53

    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.

  54. #54

    @Noodlez

    Please submit your alternate power rankings

  55. #55

    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?

  56. #56

    @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.

  57. #57

    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.

  58. #58

    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.

  59. #59

    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.

  60. #60

    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

  61. #61

    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?

  62. #62

    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.

  63. #63

    SEis4ME:

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

  64. #64

    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.

  65. #65

    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!

  66. #66

    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.

  67. #67

    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!

  68. #68

    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.

  69. #69

    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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