Loose Lips

Mayoral Power Rankings: Week 5

Happy Valentine's Day, readers. To express his affection, LL got you some Mayoral Power Rankings.

1. Tommy Wells
What: Wells benefited from a series of Wells-friendly news breaks: the Ward 3 Democrats forum, the American University forum, and a nearly perfect score from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance.

At the forums, Wells used friendly audiences to work a new line that's meant to make the good-government issues he's well-positioned on more relatable. Vince Gray, Wells says, is distracted by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen—and that's why the fire department has problems. The District could have spent money it gave to Jeff Thompson's company on affordable housing, but now homeless families are sent to Maryland hotels instead.

Wells packages his new angle on ethics in his new stump speech line that corrupt politicians are "just as dangerous" as criminals with guns on the street, which, questionable accuracy aside, does have some pith to it.

Why: Plus, Wells told some college students he smoked pot, which is always good for a boost.
Power Rankings Momentum: Rising.

2. Vince Gray

What: Between the snow and Marion Barry's illness, Gray's schedule kept him out of debates this week, which may have been lucky for the incumbent as Wells decided to push harder on ethics. Still, Gray scored an endorsement from the SEIU and a perfect rating on gay rights issues.
WhyEven better for the mayor's chances, though, the Department of Public Works kept the streets as clean as 11 inches of snow would allow.
Power Rankings Momentum: Stalled, but not snowed under.

3. Muriel Bowser

What: Bowser skipped the Ward 3 and American debates this week due to other events, including a Council committee hearing, but she did make it out Thursday to canvass in terrible weather.
Why: Wells' new surge and Bowser's relative silence kept Bowser from solidifying her position as the leading anti-Gray candidate this week.
Power Rankings Momentum: Falling.

4. Jack Evans

What: Evans unveiled his education plan and got a positive reception at the Ward 3 forum.  Also, his wife suggested that she has a great margarita recipe, but declined to reveal the "secret ingredient."

Breaking the Fourth Wall: Evans doesn't get his fifth-place position on last week's rankings. "I fail to see why my ranking gets decreased because I don’t criticize the mayor," the Ward 2 councilmember tells LL.

Why: Evans' thick cash fund comes into play this week, with the campaign sending out its first mailer.

Power Rankings Momentum: Rising.

5. Reta Jo Lewis

What: Taking a lesson from former boss Bill "The Comeback Kid" Clinton, Reta Jo Lewis has risen from last place this week. Lewis' newfound success in the rankings comes entirely on the fact that she stumbled less than usual in this week's debates.

Her rhetorical tactic of tallying up her elected opponents' years in office is so good, in fact, that fellow outsider Andy Shallal has started using it himself.
Why: And yet, Lewis still lacks anything that suggests she'll come in fourth in the primary, much less first.
Power Rankings Momentum: Rising.

6. Vincent Orange

What: Vincent Orange finally has a professional (if busy) campaign website, putting to rest worries that Orange's URL bandit would make that impossible. Still, someone in Orange's campaign couldn't resist engaging with the impostor.


Why: Orange usually dodges questions about whether he would support a ban on corporate contributions by saying that any prohbition would have to be tied to a ban on councilmembers holding outside jobs. It's not perfect, but it does make things uncomfortable for Evans, who works for law firm Patton Boggs.

At the AU debate, Orange opted for a different line. Instead of diverting questions about his campaign's LLC bundlers, he insisted that their "measly little contribution" means nothing to him, something LL finds hard to believe about Orange (or any politician, for that matter).

Power Rankings Momentum: Stalled.

7. Andy Shallal

What: Shallal took a tumble this week when Ward 3 debate moderator Mark Plotkin revealed that Shallal skipped the 2010 mayoral primary and five other District elections.
Why: Shallal says he didn't vote in 2010 he didn't feel motivated by the candidates, a claim that clashes with his previous claim that he wanted Vince Gray to oust Adrian Fenty that year. Who knows what to believe anymore?
Power Rankings Momentum: Falling.

Honorable Mentions: Marion Barry, for getting into the mayor's race even from his hospital bed

Photos by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    The ranking of Gray appears a bit arbitrary. Winning the SEIU endorsement is huge, they're one of the biggest unions in the city. He also got a better GLAA rating than Wells.

    I'd say this week goes to Gray.

    ps: I'm no Evans supporter, but if he has a good education plan, that certainly trumps everything you've written about all the other candidates in this write-up, so how does he end up in fifth place?

  2. #2

    Pardon the typo: *fourth* place.

  3. #3

    Damnnn, LL.
    You been hittin' some a dat erby skerby Wells was talking about? What happened; he shared????

    I remember in the day when that shit would make me think I was sittin on top of the world like you (LL) want to place the happenstance Wells on top of your less than impressive list.

    Pass da joint.

  4. #4

    hey Sommer. Try to include financials with these power rankings next time

  5. #5

    "the Department of Public Works kept the streets as clean as 11 inches of snow would allow". not sure where you live, but our street hasn't been touched. no salt, no plow. and this is not unusual. we haven't seen a timely plow all year. and our trash wasn't picked up--again.

    city services are definitely slipping, fast. if Gray is running on a city services angle, he won't be receiving any votes from me or my neighbors.

    I've been surprised that none of the other candidates have attacked Gray on this issue.

  6. #6

    Obviously WaPo and CP are pushing Wells big time.

  7. #7

    @ marcus: It's probably because none of the other candidates have reason to attack Gray on this issue.

    Why are you suggesting they do so? Do you know something the other candidates do not?????

    Where are you located? What have you or your neighbors done about your trash not being picked up - again??

    Each time our trash wasn't picked up for which there has ALWAYS been a reason, the trash WAS picked up very shortly after a call to 311.

    GET A LIFE, DUDE!!!!

  8. #8

    I will give the city services thing a little bit of a pass, as the combination of weather events makes accessing alleys and collecting trash very hard in the outer areas of the city. Doesn't seem to be as much of an issue in the more compact areas.

    I am confused about Bowser missing the Ward 3 Dems forum. How is it possible to miss an event because of a hearing? Is she scared of showing up in Ward 3? Given the Fenty love there, I would have though it would be a friendly area. If it isn't, then she is going to have a lot of problems city-wide.

  9. #9

    @HUAlum71.

    What do we do? We call 311, over and over again. I can give Gray a pass on the trash, perhaps, but it gets a little old when they don't pick it up for several weeks in a row.

    I don't give him a pass on the roads. When Fenty was in charge, our street was regularly plowed and salted. Not anymore. There are plow trucks driving around doing nothing, while ignoring our long dead-end street because it's difficult. That's poor management.

    "Get a life,"? Yeah, say that to the 80-year old folks on my street that are blocked in because Gray's department can't provide timely services. Plus, do I get a refund on my taxes when services are not provided?

  10. Incredible Dr. Phibes
    #10

    Oooo ... dismembered heads, part III

  11. #11

    Who else thinks the "secret ingredient" in Evans's margarita recipe is... tequila?

  12. #12

    Marcus don't know where you live or are you just Fentizing because I live in the so call hood and they dam sure plowed my neighborhood maybe you should have done what most real neighborhood folks do for their Senior Citizens in their neighborhood, they look out for and assist them.

  13. #13

    Yup. No trash collection for the week.

  14. #14

    I live in ward 4 and on a side street Mayor Gray has done and excellent job with snow removal
    I Think what every he does he going always have hater Iike @drez and Marus. You go hate him even more when he win four more years. :) hello

  15. #15

    Ward4 you have no clue,obviuously you are not clear or aware of your own government. Look its about more than just keeping the street clear and clean in ward 4. How much knowledge do you have about the government agencies our mayor is suppose to be in charge of. Do you even know which agencies are money pits. Do you know which Directors are non productive but have six figure salaries. Oh the best part about it is that most don't reside in DC and the could give a crap about DC residents. People wake up,,,,do your research on the agencies look at some these contracts from different agencies see who really have the contracts and where the main office is located. clearly not in DC. As soon as the right person do the research bring light to on going issues and concerns have a plan ensure that Directors of agencies live in DC and im my opinion most department heads should live in DC then you will have your next Mayor. Gray with all do respect is not the next Mayor. I want more than just my main street and side street cleared.And i certainly woild like to have the roads cleard by all senior buildings not the ones just in ward 4.

  16. #16

    All do respect @ watchdog was you doing your job when Adrian fenty he was in office no I thought not . When a black man head no black people working for him. Are you kidding me. Mayor Gary has changed this city for the better. And if you think that ugly Muriel bowser is going to win thank again. I live in Ward:4 and she had not done anything in this ward that why this ward look like a dump. Please tell me one thing she had done please tell me and don't say Walmart. Mayor Gray got Walmart in ward:4. Move on.

  17. #17

    Ward 4 resident, (1) Bowser got lights installed inside the previously dark Sherman Circle, first getting $800,000 from the city's budget to do so. (2) She got a new traffic signal installed at Georgia and Taylor needed for the residents of the apartment building built there and the organic food market. You asked for one thing. I gave you two.

    What have you done for your neighborhood in Ward 4? Give me one example. Be specific. No excuses. You don't have to be an elected official to get things done.

  18. #18

    marcus @ #8.

    Not trying to get into a Fenty compared to Vince spat.
    There is absolutely no comparison. Fenty was a puppet.

    I'm not an expert on who is and who is not in DC government as a left over from the Fenty administration, but I do believe some of his people like the CA, DDOT and DPW are still on board. If so, can the current Mayor be blamed for whatever glitches are occurring now?

    My 80 year old sister had a snow plow break down on her street, blocking it for hours. People couldn't get in or out. Some had to make multiple trips to their cars to bring in the food they had just purchased.

    Sissie couldn't make it to her little ROD & REEL trip.
    She wasn't mad about it. She said she probably would have lost that day since she had been winning so much.

    BTW: Didn't Fenty get into some trouble about not being around for the really big one???? Just askin'.

  19. #19

    Sucking up to Wells and Evans, Willie? Wipe that stuff off your loose lips... Bowser and Gray know those college kids are going to be smoking dope on April Fools' Day and wont make it to the polls, if they are even registered to vote in DeeCee.

    @ spirit equality

    That's a big IF for Evans on Education. He's remarkably similar to Gray on the issues. He'll keep Kaya Henderson despite her tenure as Deputy/now Chancellor over the disaster that is DCPS — only a couple of good middle schools, vertigo inducing rates of truancy -- especially among Obama's Sons. And Evans is still playing the divisive charters v DCPS card to rile up undereducated emotional voters.

    "Provide Additional Opportunities for Families to be More Engaged in their Child’s Education."

    The baby mammas (and baby daddies in jail) can't use the internets to connect wit they chi'ren cause the phones they be using are stolen and just for show — and they can't afford a wireless service plan or make collect connections from the pokey or pimp the wifi from the local coffee shops cause the ones in Wards 7 & 8 only offer joe on the go.

    Those people don't care about their kids. The parents who do, send their children to charter schools or out of boundary.

  20. #20

    I feel like the comments section of LL articles should be required reading before voting. Seriously, the articles are tremendously informative, but hearing so many other opinions is often just as (if not more) enlightening.

  21. #21

    TO THE FAGGIE FENTY DICK RIDERS LEST NOT FORGET THE FLENTY ADMIN BOTCHING OF PLOWING CITY STREETS, KEEPING SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT OPEN WHEN IT WAS UNSAFE TO DO SO.

    ONE CITY WITH PLOWED STREETS, SNOW SCULPTURES AND SERVICES FOR ALL.

  22. #22

    @Ward 4 resident.....LOL I'm not a bowser fan either. There are still many unanswered questions and many issues to be addressed before I decide who will get my vote. I am certain to be well informed. I am not the type of voter that vote because of someone color, streets being plowed or traffic lights being put up in a neighborhood. I take many things into factor when I vote. Mainly, I watch and see how most government agencies are being ran and the financial piece of the governemnt. I pay attention to numbers, data on agencies, agency heads including where they reside before I vote. in other words I do my research.

  23. Incredible Dr. Phibes
    #23

    Who are the republican candidates?

  24. #24

    @ Jane:

    Commentator Watchdog seems to fully understand the real issues here. The District Government has 2 faces. Face 1, which it routinely presents to the people, seeks to appease the people with unsubstantiated and unsupported "talking points" which sound good but which actually present a distorted view of government operations. Face 2 struggles with incompetency, mismanagement and goes to great lengths to conceal the gross mismanagement of the District Government.

    Face 1 has acquired a "stronghold" because the vast majority of District voters are rightfully and reasonably preoccupied with everyday tasks life requires - working or seeking employment, rearing children, caring for health, food, clothing, shelter, etc. Apparently, most just don't have the time to invest in conducting research, attending or viewing Council hearings and engaging in other activities required to be sufficiently informed. This is understandable - it's also detrimental.

    Also, those seeking to become sufficiently informed face numerous challenges. For example, the Gray Administration
    asserts that it champions transparency. This is simply untrue! To the contrary, I have personally witnessed how the District goes to great lengths to withhold information and documentation, related to its operations, that should be freely disclosed to the public.

    Our elected officials are faced with a dilemma. Far too many citizens fail to actually participate in the political process. Far to many don't contribute financially to political campaigns, don't formally express informed views or opinions within the proper forum, don't get out and vigorously support their candidate, etc. As a result, the vast majority of residents don't have a "voice."

    On information and belief, a vast majority of campaign contributions are made by large businesses. This is unfortunate, but a reality none the less. We need to empower our elected officials by supporting them by whatever means available to us. And we need to empower "ourselves" by informing ourselves although it may come at great costs. In doing so, we'll be in a much better position to hold our elected officials accountable.

    Our local Government isn't acting in the best interest of the people. It's simply perpetuating itself at the expense of the people and using to "peoples" resources to benefit itself and special interests.

    Remember! Prior to the Gray administration, the media was inundated with daily reports of the mismanagement of District Government agencies - these reports were often supplemented by the testimony/statements of employees. Has this pervasive mis-management suddenly ceased under the Gray administration? Of course not! Rather, the Gray administration has gone to great lengths squash any report of mis-management by employees (those most aware of the mis-management). Think about it! When was the last time you heard an employee complain publicly about mis-management? I assure you, the day an employee complains of mis-management will be the last day of his/her employment.

    Gray is running this government like we're in a 3rd World country. The actual "theme" of this government is loyalty rather than performance. A manager's success is not contingent upon his ability to perform his duties but rather, his loyalty to Gray and his appointed officials.
    The intent is to conceal shortcomings and deficiencies.

    Under these circumstances, Gray's misleading "talking points" are more effective. The public more vunerable and more easily mislead.

  25. #25

    @HUAlum71 and Noodlez,

    Ya'll are right on point!

    WORD!

  26. #26

    I agree with watchdog. I pointed out a couple of Bowser's accomplishments in response to the question about what she's done in Ward 4. Overall leadership abilities or lack there of is another question for all the candidates. We witness elected officials being praised to the heavens for simply doing their job. Isn't that what they're supposed to do anyway, respond to constituent requests and pressures? We often can't separate politicians momentarily making us feel good ("Marion speaks up to The Man!") and their having a record of substantial, positive accomplishment that moves the city forward in education, bringing down crime as much as possible, ensuring that we all have a place here, having the vision thing and genuine leadership abilities.

  27. #27

    Tony:

    So you agree with HUAlum71 and Noodlez? And what does that mean? ..... ANSOLUTELY NOTHING but a bunch of ignorant street gibberish!!

  28. #28

    @HUALUMI71 and Noodlez,

    we got to ignore the "noise" and keep pushing like real brothers do.

    Fuck the haters!

    GO VINCE! GO VINCE! GO VINCE!

  29. #29

    Tony:

    Stop with the "real brother routine." You're no ones bother! And you're interested in the best interest of one person and one person only - YOURSELF! You want Gray to win because it will likely solidify your position within the District Government for 4 more years, a position within which you work to suppress and intimidate District employees each day!

    You would pimp the entire District population as long as you would benefit. Both you and I know that you're unfit for public service. We also know that your days are numbered.

    Have you read the public comments to the Washington Post's Lanier article and other articles. The public has peeped Gray's "hold card." Plainly put, he's a burnt out ribbon cutter who claims to accomplishments as previous Mayor's as his own. He is a liar and a manipulator and he will not be the next Mayor.

    Have you started packing your shit! And please, stop with the brother crap - you're making me sick to my stomach!!!

    I have also recognized that a majority to people posting comments, yourself included, in favor of Gray are doing so while currently serving within the Gray Administration. SEis4ME also works within the Gray Administration.

  30. #30

    ZED:
    excuse me but Bowser didn't get 1 light installed in Sherman Circle....Keith Jarrell working with Holmes-Norton did that because it is Fed Grounds...and Fenty helped as well...this was something done after the young man from Catholic U was killed...get your facts straight before writing untruths on blogs to push this 5 year intern council member who would for sure screw-up our city. and anyone who can't keep crime down in her own neighborhood sure as hell can't do it across the city, but when you/she is so disconnected with people why should we expect her to

  31. #31

    @ Tony:

    In his famous play "Macbeth" (Act V, Scene V) William Shakespeare wrote the following line which bests describes Gray supporters:

    " ... a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by a idiot, full of sound and furry, signifying nothing."

  32. #32

    To@ZED you didn't point anything out in seven years that bullshit accomplish ability to lead sit down somewhere. Traffic light .my family been living in ward 4 over 40 years no one is going to vote for her.All You can come up with a traffic light. Now what you need to do is try to help that face of her. Your Next post come with something substantial not that Little mess that you posted post some substantial. Leadership what leadership she ever done.

  33. #33

    @TONY-SCHOOLMAN = BAMMA OF THE WEEK. I LOVE HIS DISPLAY OF ENTHUSIASM BUT HIS VISION IS DISTORTED WITH JOKERS LIKE DREZ, GOLDCOASTKID AND ZED AS THEY HOLD HANDS IN A CIRCLE SINGING "RING AROUND THE ROSIE".

    ONE CITY IN FULL EFFECT.

  34. #34

    Zed, seriously, the "accomplishments" you mention are great for an ANC commissioner, maybe, but for a 7 year incumbant councilmember who wants to oversee a multi-billion dollar budget and government, it is laughable.

    The hubris of Bowser and her supporters to think she is ready for prime time is uncanny.

  35. #35

    @ Noodlez:

    During my research I have happened across comments you've made quite some time ago. I have read your earlier and very valid points regarding the SE Walmart project, etc.
    That said, I know you've followed reporting regarding District gov. operations for quite some time.

    Think about what I'm saying!! Do you remember how, during the Fenty administration, the newspapers were inundated with reports of DC Gov. mismanagement nearly EVERY day! Remember how Gov. employees supplemented the reports with testimony (e.g. disrepair of schools, mismanagement of summer youth programs, mismanagement of Child and Family Service programs). Have you noticed how rarely mismanagement is reported now during the Gray administration - have you noticed that you NEVER read reports of mismanagement made by employees. Do you believe that all well documented and verified government mis-management issues amazingly ceased when Gray assumed office? Of course not!

    THINK ABOUT WHAT I'M SAYING!! Even in a best of work situations, which does not exist in the D.C. Gov., some EMPLOYEES are going to complain.

    I think you get my point! This Gov. is being run like this is a 3rd World Country. Employees that reveal the current ongoing mis-management are terminated irrespective of the validity of the complaint.

  36. Abominable Dr. Phibes
    #36

    Again, who are the republican candidates? Is there at least one?

  37. #37

    @Abominable

    No Republicans, per the DCBOEE's list. Bruce Majors is running as a Libertarian, though.

  38. #38

    Stick2, Bowser did get the Council funding for $800K for the lights inside Sherman Circle during the budget development process. I only pointed that out in response to the question, "What has Bowser ever done...?" I follow neighborhood issues closely all over the city and that caught my eye.

    Bowser worked with Cong. Norton, DDOT (Gabe Klein) and the Rock Creek Park National Park Service superintendent on legal issues related to having the city-funded lights installed on federal property.

    Those are the facts. I am not pushing anyone's candidacy. (I am holding back on a decision to back anyone hoping some of the candidates drop out.) I will give anyone credit for work performed regardless of where I stand on the mayor's race.

    On that note, do you honestly believe Eleanor Holmes Norton followed Keith Jarrell's lead? Gimme a break! Keith Jarrell had already been evicted for nonpayment of rent at his Sherman Circle rental by the time of the Sherman Circle lights issue, one of several serial eviction orders issued by US Marshals to Jarrell for months of rent non-payment on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. Search the DC Courts records for more on that topic.

  39. #39

    Some of you don't know what the hell you are talking about. The city snow crews have been out in full effect throughout all these hit and sometimes miss storms. Gray is going a good job trying to fight mother nature, whom, at the end of the day, always wins.

  40. #40

    The great thing about Bowser's supporters is that they do a much better job making the case for her lack of management/big idea thinking than her worst detractors.

    Think about it, one of her more articulate supporters argues that her work on a STREETLIGHT PROJECT speaks to her ability to lead this city.

    As I've said before, if ANYBODY gauges a candidate's fitness for office on a record of accomplishments as unimpressive as Bowser's, then experience was clearly NOT a consideration.

  41. #41

    Wells had a good week... for Wells. His support in 6 is wavering because he has no money or real momentum.

    If Bowser missing a forum because she was literally stuck doing her current job is a "win" for Tommy Wells, we're setting a pretty low bar.

    Bowser still has the momentum and Tommy is still an also-ran, which you'll hear from talking to even his own supporters in Ward 6.

  42. #42

    @Schoolman

    Well said......

    Mismanagement is well know in three agencies I am very familar with. I'm extremly concerned that DC residents don't question the contracts within some of these agencies. I am most surprise how DC residents have allowed MD and VA residents in management positions to just come in and take over some qualifed and most are not. Most who have never resided in DC.
    I will say it over and over voters ask questions, do your research look at the public data although some of maybe gibberish. I would embrace a poll by governemnt workers on whats really going on behind closed doors. Salaries are public information try looking at the salaries of some of the top level managers in a few agencies.
    DYRS needs to stop with the management bullying. This is a known fact that this constantly occuring. No one benefits from a short bully. Workers usually don't stick around and if they do they are usually not productive.
    I will not vote for or support any administration that support/tolerate bullying.

  43. #43

    @Schoolman

    Well said......

    Mismanagement is well know in three agencies I am very familar with. I'm extremly concerned that DC residents don't question the contracts within some of these agencies. I am most surprise how DC residents have allowed MD and VA residents in management positions to just come in and take over some qualifed and most are not. Most who have never resided in DC.
    I will say it over and over voters ask questions, do your research look at the public data although some of maybe gibberish. I would embrace a poll by governemnt workers on whats really going on behind closed doors. Salaries are public information try looking at the salaries of some of the top level managers in a few agencies.
    DYRS needs to stop with the management bullying. This is a known fact that this constantly occuring. No one benefits from a short bully. Workers usually don't stick around and if they do they are usually not productive.
    I will not vote for or support any administration that support/tolerate bullying.

  44. #44

    @Schoolman

    Well said......

    Mismanagement is well know in three agencies I am very familar with. I'm extremly concerned that DC residents don't question the contracts within some of these agencies. I am most surprise how DC residents have allowed MD and VA residents in management positions to just come in and take over some qualifed and most are not. Most who have never resided in DC.
    I will say it over and over voters ask questions, do your research look at the public data although some of maybe gibberish. I would embrace a poll by governemnt workers on whats really going on behind closed doors. Salaries are public information try looking at the salaries of some of the top level managers in a few agencies.
    DYRS needs to stop with the management bullying. This is a known fact that this constantly occuring. No one benefits from a short bully. Workers usually don't stick around and if they do they are usually not productive.
    I will not vote for or support any administration that support/tolerate bullying.

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