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Muriel Bowser Won the Post Endorsement. So?

The Washington Post editorial board endorsed Ward 4 councilmember Muriel Bowser in the mayor's race Thursday night, meaning the city will get another chance to find out if the Post endorsement means anything in District elections.

Bowser's campaign, at least, thinks it means a lot. Delighted by the endorsement, which came out during the Woman's National Democratic Club forum, Bowser campaign manager Bo Shuff scrolled through the article on his phone to quote favorite passages. "It ends any question about how many people are in this race in a competitive way," Shuff says.

Mayor Vince Gray, at least, isn't convinced he's in a two-person race just yet. "Do people have to vote, or are we just mailing it in?" Gray says.

Explaining the pick, the editorial board dinged Gray for questions about his 2010 campaign, Ward 6 councilmember Tommy Wells for "livable, walkable" sloganeering, and At-Large councilmember Vincent Orange for demagoguery. Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans seems to have come in second place for the endorsement, but alas, he couldn't convince Metro issues editorial board impresario Jo Ann Armao and the rest of her colleagues that he had much of a vision for the District. Bowser, on the other hand, is praised for her ethics bill, her focus on improving middle schools, and—this being the Post ed board—being Adrian Fenty's protege.

The Post editorial board also quickly dispatched outsider candidates Reta Jo Lewis and Andy Shallal, describing them as weak on city issues. They reserved a special needle for the Busboys and Poets owner, writing that Shallal's "main focus seems to be to decry the economic forces that have contributed to his business’s success."

Fine, Shallal's no fan of the Post editorial board either. "Usually the Post endorsement is a kiss of death," Shallal says. "It's a for-sure no-win."

Also in the "kiss of death" camp: Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies, who points to the ed board's spotty success record carrying a winner across the finish line. (In 2010, the paper endorsed Fenty). "I've think they've made their agenda clear," Thies says.

If there's an agenda behind the pick, it's not one that's bothering the Bowser campaign's Shuff. "If [Thies] doesn't want it, I'll take it," Shuff says.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • justsayin

    @TightLips #50: Trust and believe, I know!! I sincerely hope that she doesn't knock on my door because I'd be tempted to give her my a$$ to kiss, just as she and her staff have done to many of her constituents on numerous ocassions when we've reached out to her office.

  • justsayin

    In the moderation queue?

  • DCShadyBoots

    (snicker) KISS OF DEATH endorsement. Right behind the City Paper.

  • Ghosts and Angels

    How is a closeted lesbian worthy of the WP endorsement in a town wherein 30% or more of the electorate is openly gay? Houston has reelected an openly gay woman as Mayor three times but we here are expecting our gay voters to just hold their noses and march back into the closet to vote for some, to be charitable, lightweight. The woman is a fraud.

  • Miss Lu Lu Hog

    Ghosts and Angels, please stop putting rumors and lies out there. Muriel Bowser is not a lesbian and if she were it wouldn't matter to me as a voter. I'm not support Miss Bowser because she hasn't done shit for most Ward 4 constituents.

  • Miss Lu Lu Hog

    supporting, not support

  • Tbonebullets

    Miss Hog, now you see what you're aligning with as a Gray supporter. Don't be fooled.

  • http://Citypaper Ward:4 resident

    This is a good thing that she got the posts endorsement. We know for sure Bowers is going to lose. Thank you Washington Post
    Vince Gray Will Be the Next MAYOR.:)

  • noodlez




  • Ward 5 Resident

    I am very impressed by Councilmember Muriel Bowswer. So proud that she got the Washington Post endorsement. She will be a great Mayor and bring honesty and integrity. She did a great job in Ward 4.

  • Marvin E. Adams

    Washington, D.C likes to self-promte as being one of the most hiighly educated and informed cities within the country. I submit that this uppcoming Democratic mayoral contest will put that proclamation to the test.

  • jes’ sayin

    Okay, gang. Here's today's "come closer" question. This was the first WaPo editorial urging election of Muriel Bowser. How many more will there be between now and April 2nd?

    Of course, we could make this a drinking game, with two drinks for the second editorial, three for the third, et cetera. The risk with that, however, is the number of drinks could be so high that not even Tosspot could play.

  • Tight Lips

    @Ward5Resident can you please name 5 initiatives that Muriel Bowser put together and closed during her time as Ward 4 Councilmember?

    Anything that Adrian Fenty rolled out during his years in office doesn't count.

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  • DC Guy

    So, I understand now that Ms. Bowser was the treasurer of her ANC before the became the Ward 4 Councilmember, so I stand corrected that she does have some leadership experience. Can anyone tell me how she was in that role?

  • Tight Lips

    ahahaha @DCGuy what leadership experience does being a Treasure provide? The treasurer doesn't lead anyone but the numbers.

    It's simple, she counted/collected the money and told the President how much they have the in the account before every meeting.

    The End

  • justsayin

    As treasurer of ANC 4B the quarterly reports to the DC auditor were late resulting in delayed allotments to the commission. In all fairness, this was an continuation of dysfunctional accountablility that preceded Bowser's ANC term, but she brought nothing new to the table. As for her leadership, her ANC constituents were left wanting and frequently reached out to her colleagues for help with their concerns.

  • Chevy Chase 42

    Bowser is an excellent choice and the right choice. No, the Post Endorsement guarantees nothing, as past endorsements have shown. But a candidate would rather have it than not have it. Bowser will win and she will be an excellent mayor. We also really need a female mayor for a change.

  • lol

    Everyone on this thread keeps saying she was a horrible CM. If so, how was she possibly re-elected? If she had no experience or was viewed as unqualified then why did she get the job in the first place.

    I was on the fence but one of the things that won me over was her Kids Ride free bill. She showed that she is thinking outside of the box. I've always viewed her as a pragmatic and sensible leader. My instinct proved to be right when she objected to the Reeves center swap today.

    I considered the likes of Tommy and even VG but was quickly turned off. Tommy is incapable of illustrating a vision for the city besides being ethical, he panders way to much and has no accomplishments aside for the bag tax. I could possibly look past the 2010 issue with Gray but his willingness to keep his boy ellorbee around is sickening. He's also lacked innovation as mayor. The city is simply going. It's moving a long as it would if I was mayor. We need someone fresh with new ideas. This election isn't about the next 4 years for me but the next 10-15.

    Bowser gets me and my households votes this go around....

  • S.E.

    "Folks better be careful how they criticize Bowser or the ladies gonna stand up"!

    Yeah.......just like Sharon-Pratt-Kelly did!!!

  • Tbonebullets

    OK, so I've been watching these threads for a while now, and pretty consistently over time we are seeing two sleazy themes raised by the Gray supporters: (1) Bowser's leadership should be questioned because she is a woman; and (2) Bowser is a Lesbian.

    The fact that these themes are biased, bigoted, and show a crude, antiquated mindset goes without needing to say much more. But it fits within Gray's pattern of hiring or appointing flunkies to do his dirty work by appealing to voters' vilest, most primitive fears. Last time, Fenty was an Uncle Tom. This time, Bowser is -- well, it is clear what these lowlifes are saying. Do. Not. Be. Fooled.

  • truth hurts

    Time for some inconvenient truths (aka facts): (1) every candidate wanted the Post's endorsement and every candidate pitched his/her case in person to the Post's editorial board (not just Armao), (2) the Post's editorial board decided to endorse Bowser, (3) Armao drafted the Post's endorsement with input from editorial board members, (4) when Gray first ran for Council Chair, the Post endorsed him -- and Gray won, and (5) when Fenty first ran for Mayor, the Post endorsed him -- and Fenty won.

    All the disappointed campaign managers and sock puppets whining "I'm so happy, I never wanted WaPo's endorsement; it's the kiss of death" are full of shit. They wanted it.

  • DC Guy

    No one raise Bowser as a lesbian til tbonebullets. Where is this coming from? First I have heard about it (not that there is anything wrong with it).

  • truth hurts

    Bullshit, DC Guy. You're not new to this site. Tbone's dead on.

  • HUAlum71

    T Bone's Bullets are DUDS and therefore so is Tbone.

    WTF cares who Muriel is doing as long as they are consenting adults??? Who, but Tbone, of course.

    Muriel's sexual orientation is NOT an issue related to why she is not ready for the big time. She keeps stepping in it over and over again. Who doesn't know you can't use pictures without approval and certainly not pictures of children without parental authority.

    The WaPo definitely knows that. Yet they had to publish a story reporting the person they endorsed and her ground crew were ignorant of that simple fact?

    Nah, not ignorant of just the facts. The fact is they are probably just arrogant and feeling some sense of entitlement just like Fenty and Nickles.

    FOUR MORE YEARS of Intelligent Leadership.

  • Truth

    There's not one campaign that didn't want the Post endorsement. This is a two candidate race. Anyone who believes otherwise is naive.

  • Zed

    To be clear, the Post endorsed Fenty in 2010. He lost. The Post endorsement has weight but that weight has its limits. Who knows what this means at this point? There are many weeks of campaigning left.


  • tony

    The reality is that Mayor Gray does not need the Post endorsement to win this election, period. He did not need it in 2010 and he won. He will win again without!
    I don’t see the problem.



  • AKA

    @lol, Muriel Bowser was reelected because the majority of Ward 4 voters didn't come out to vote. Bowser made sure her supporters came out to vote. Many voters are so disgusted with politicians and politics and this is why most no longer vote. I can assure you, this Colonial Village Ward 4 resident will not be voting for Ward 4 D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser.

  • lol

    and Bowser didn't come up with the free ride for students.....someone else did, she just presented it...just like when Victor Reinoso Fenty's Dep of Education committed plagiarism...she did the same...which is why she didn't get all the praise she was hoping for. Many of us education advocates knew of this being done and truth be told it was already being done for certain below income families.

  • lol

    who cares what side of the fence Bowser is on with men or woman....she is an idiot which that is what should matter, not who she sleeps with!


    I see bowser has David Jannarone as one of her top people working with her campaign, isn't he the one who helped Fenty and his frat brothers steal all the money or should I say get all that money under the table for giving all the city contracts to his frat brothers....yet she screams her hands are clean...looks like she starting early with the swindles

  • truth hurts

    So gray's peeps wanna slime bowser by making unproven claims about one of fenty's (not bowser's) frat bro's. OK, in the words of doug jemal, one of several gray convicted felon financiers: let's get it on!

    gray's early mentor, his bff and advisor for 50 plus years and his "big brother" frat bro, is the infamous bruce bereano. bereano's a convicted felon (for fraudulent campaign related finance schemes), a disbarred lawyer (in MD and DC), a shadowy serial gray financier/bundler, a lobbyist the press quoted as saying: I don't but politicians, I rent them. And so much more. Just google bereano and gray. Stop reading the hundreds of media reports when you up-Chuck.

    As for swindles and under the table money, anyone out there with a brain still wondering why gray won't answer specific questions about the shadow campaign, his campaign insiders like Vernon Hawkins, Thomas Gore, Jean Harris, Howard Brooks, all convicted felons? Or his private meetings with Jeff Thompson, a future convicted felon?

  • HUAlum71

    There you go again, truth hurts!!!
    Do you see any of the above individuals you keep 'sliming' listed anywhere in Gray's campaign worker roster?

    Why is it the allegations about Janerow are unproven claims, but the allegations about Mayor Gray are more than just THAT?

    Fenty and Gang are not out of the woods yet either. Odd you call Jeff Thompson a future convicted felon. You could end up being right, but why not call his charges just what they are: ALLEGATIONS?

    You Fenty Freaks are Freaking Folks the Fuck out.

  • SEis4ME

    TH is right, anyone would want the Post endorsement whether it helps get votes or not. For those who might be influenced by it, I would be concerned about just how entirely empty the endorsement is.

  • truth hurts

    I'll answer your questions, HUAlum. No, neither Vernon Hawkins, Thomas Gore, Jean Harris, nor Howard Brooks is officially associated with Gray's CURRENT campaign (and I didn't claim they are). But they all were important players in his 2010 campaign, and in his 2004 and 2006 campaigns.

    Why are statements that Bereano, Jemal, Hawkins, Gore, Brooks, and Harris are convicted felons more than just allegations? Because they all either plead guilty to felonies or were convicted at trial of felonies, which makes them convicted felons, not alleged felons.

    Why are allegations that Janerow helped Fenty, et al "steal all the money" and/or "get all that money under the table" unproven claims? Because the commenter who leveled those accusations implied Janerow and Fenty engaged in a criminal conspiracy that illegally enriched them and their friends. Yet neither was prosecuted for or convicted of committing crimes. That's the difference between a blog accusation and a statement of fact (i.e., that the people I named above are convicted felons).

    Why call Thompson a future convicted felon instead of saying he allegedly committed felonies including financing Gray's shadow campaign? Because the evidence against Thompson is overwhelming, corroborated by at least one co-conspirator who plead guilty, and buttressed by a massive paper trail. If you think Thompson might walk, that's your right; it's a free country.

    I see you're not troubled by Gray's continued refusal to answer the questions referenced in my earlier post. Again, it's a free country and folks can, if they so choose, bury their heads in the sand. Not me, though, I've followed Gray's money for years, heard what he's said, and seen what he's done.

  • Northwesterner

    I just want to jump in here:
    The Washington Post editorial board has never been aligned with the issues that affect "the real Washingtonian", those issues relating to poverty, gentrification, joblessness, black on black crime, returnign citizen issues, housing, you know the issues that affect the masses of todays society and especially those issues that affect the voters in many of the wards that make up the District of Columbia.

    That description hasn't fit the "Real Washingtonian" for 15 years! Yes, what you wrote describe the real people of 1973, but the underclass long ago moved out. The kind of person you describe above simply no longer exists or does so in so few numbers that they no longer matter. It's a GOOD THING that DC residents got masters degrees and good jobs and are nothing like what you describe. In a city with $300k condos, the person you discuss above has moved to a trailer park in PG County or Virginia. They have nothing to do with DC anymore and it should make us all very happy!

  • DCShadyBoots

    Muriel Bowser has a pathetic record on the council. She hasn't introduced any meaningful legislation that has passed for her own ward, much less the entire city. I appreciate the direction the city is moving in. Not interested in changing tires in the middle of the race.

  • jivewell

    My problem with the Wash Post endorsement is that it seems incongruous and in some respects irrational. The Post acknowledges that Gray as done a very good job in running the city with improvements in many significant areas. However, because he has not confessed to the unproven allegations surrounding his election and he has not cooperated with ( confessed to) the feds, he does not deserve reelection. In his stead the Post endorses a member of one of the most corrupt city governing bodies in not only our history but also the nation. Bowser it may be recalled did not call for the resignations of her colleagues Kwami Brown, Michael Brown or Harry Thomas all convicted felons, or CM Graham who was censured for the Metro contract mess. Yet Bowser called for Gray's resignation when he had been formally charged with NOTHING. There is something strange about the Post's endorsing a person who has no executive track record, has been a part of a proven criminal enterprise- the Council- and has very few legislative initiatives or successes; while at the same time deeming a proven successful executive not worthy of reelection. This is irrational and to me bespeaks a vendetta- namely , revenge for Gray's beating the Post's favorite, Fenty. Just my two cents worth.

  • jivewell

    Pardon the typo...Gray has done...

  • Kelly

    Reading these vicious, unsubstantiated attacks on Muriel Bowser only makes her look better to me. I'm looking for someone to focus on making the city livable. Rent control to keep housing affordable. I have been harrassed by DC Tax and revenue every year since 2008. Just sending bills that I owe money without any explaination as to why. Living in fear of speed cameras and tickets out of no where. Come on man, it can't all be about a revenue stream. It's got to be about spirit if cooperation. Treat others as you would want to be treated. That makes a city. Who among you can give me that? And another thing. Where have all the black people gone? When I grew up the city was 80% black. At least Muriel Bowser was born and raised in Washington.